Dr. Viola Kanevsky OD


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65 Central Park West

New York, NY 10023

Accepting New Patients



Viola Kanevsky is an optometrist specializing in custom contact lenses, who has practiced on the Upper West Side for 25 years.

An émigré from the former Soviet Union, Dr. Kanevsky lived in Netanya, Brussels, and Miami, until her family settled in New York City in 1979. Dr. Kanevsky lives with her husband, daughter, and son on the Upper West Side, the neighborhood that she loves best.

Earning a BS from Pace University and a Doctorate from SUNY State College of Optometry in 1993, Dr. Kanevsky focused on children's vision, completing externships at Walson Air Force Hospital; The Infant Vision Clinic, Pediatrics, Learning Disabilities, Visual Rehabilitation, Primary Care and Strabismus Units of SUNY College of Optometry, and The Beth Israel Pediatric Ophthalmology Clinic.

She owes much to the community that fostered her personal happiness and professional success and tries to give back to it whenever she can. She is the Metropolitan Trustee of the New York State Optometric Association; Trustee of the Optometric Society of the City of New York; president of the board of her residential coop; she is vice president of the board of the Interschool Orchestras of New York, an organization dedicated to providing musical education to children regardless of ability to pay; serves as trustee on the board of the Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Foundation and as such, produces benefit concerts for the Ship of Tolerance, an international art project whose goal is to promote tolerance amongst children of differing cultures. Dr. Kanevsky is the treasurer of the NY chapter of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH), with whom she travels to orphanages in Peru on medical missions. Dr. Kanevsky loves to support the young musicians of the New York Youth Symphony, and Concerts in Motion, an organization that brings music to homebound individuals .

Does Not Require Referrals

Accepts Medicare

Does Not Accept Medicaid

No Medical Board Actions Found

25+ Years of Experience

LGBTQIA Friendly

Transgender Safe Space

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Practice and Hospital Affiliations

Affiliated Practices

1. Viola Kanevsky OD PLLC

65 Central Park West
New York, NY

(212) 580-2020

About Dr. Kanevsky


Optometrists and opticians dedicated to excellence in eye care and ophthalmic products.

Care Philosophy

We believe that everyone can achieve excellence given the right tools. We believe that comfortable, clear vision, and healthy eyes, are the most important tools we can give you to attain success and happiness in a visually stressful world. We believe we can make you see and look your very best. Your sharper image starts here.

Why I Became an Optometrist

Perhaps because my grandmother was a pediatrician, perhaps because I loved deboning herring, this was the only choice I was ever given.
I rebelled briefly as a pre-med student when I announced that I was dropping out and enrolling in art school, but mom handed me an autographed copy of Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy and encouraged me to pick a specialty that required drawing.

How Can a Patient Get the Most out of Seeing Dr. Viola Kanevsky OD?

Bring baby hungry. They are easier to examine while they take the bottle or breast.
Don’t scare toddlers with too much information. We will find a way to make the exam fun and stress free.
Nervous teen coming for their first contacts? We know it’s hard to stick something in their eyes. We are here to help.
Bring a list of problems to which you need solutions- bring your glasses, wear your contacts. They don’t work? It’s ok. Together we can find solutions that do!


Dr. Viola Kanevsky OD is a female optometrist in New York, NY with over 25 years of experience. Dr. Kanevsky is affiliated with Viola Kanevsky OD PLLC in New York. Dr. Kanevsky graduated from State University of New York State College Optometry in 1993. She is licensed to practice by the state board in New York (T005443).

Education and Training

Dr. Viola Kanevsky OD graduated from State University of New York State College Optometry in 1993.

Languages Spoken

  • English

  • Russian


  • Optometry

Basic Information

Full Name: Viola Kanevsky

Gender: Female

License Number: T005443 - Issued by the state board in New York

NPI: 1417976598

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Office Information

65 Central Park West


New York, NY 10023

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Conditions Treated

Dr. Kanevsky has confirmed that she treats the following 15 conditions:

Payments Received from Medical Companies

What are Payments Received?

Total Payments Received Between 2014 and 2016:

Many providers have received payments from medical companies ranging from small amounts in the form of food at conferences to large payments for consulting or royalties. Some providers have received payments for specific drugs. These payments are not necessarily cause for concern, but we encourage you to speak with your provider if they do raise any questions or issues.

This graph represents payments Dr. Kanevsky received relative to the average payment received by optometrists.

Dr. Kanevsky received less money than a majority (94%) of optometrists nationally. This overall payment amount is low, and is not necessarily a cause for concern. For more information, see the breakdown of payments by category.

Providers receive payments in various different categories, from travel and lodging or food and beverages at conferences to fees for promotional speaking or consulting engagements. Some providers receive payments from royalties or licenses, usually from having helped develop a product or drug.

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Providers receive payments from specific medical companies, sometimes for specific drugs. If you have any questions or concerns about the specific company or drug payments your provider has received, we encourage you to speak with your provider directly.

This chart represents the breakdown of payments Dr. Kanevsky has received from specific medical companies, including payments for drugs and medical products.

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