Dr. Neelofar Ghaznawi MD, FAAO

Care Comes First


Dr. Neelofar Ghaznawi is a board- certified ophthalmologist and cornea and external disease specialist. Her goal as a practitioner is to keep her patients well informed, and to work with them to develop a treatment plan best suited to their individual needs. Dr. Ghaznawi is board certified from the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of professional organizations including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, and Women in Ophthalmology. 

Dr. Ghaznawi was raised in Elmhurst, Queens and attended P.S. 102 and I.S. 73 for her elementary schooling. Growing up, she spent her weekends at the Elmhurst branch of Queens Public Library, which always included a stop at local favorites Gino's Pizzeria and Dubois Bakery.  She is so excited and honored to return to Elmhurst to establish her practice and serve the members of her community. 


Dr. Ghaznawi attended medical school at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, where she graduated with the highest honors, Alpha Omega Alpha. After receiving her MD degree,  Dr. Ghaznawi subsequently completed a residency in Ophthalmology at the highly competitive program at New York University. Following her residency,  in order to gain specialized training, Dr. Ghaznawi completed her fellowship program at the Wills Eye Institute in cornea and external disease, the highest ranking Ophthalmology Program according to U.S. News and World Report.

Dr. Ghaznawi provides exceptional general and specialized ophthalmic care. Dr. Ghaznawi specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of conditions of cornea. Her special interests include severe dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca), inflammatory conditions of the lid and conjunctiva (blepharoconjunctivitis), and infectious diseases of the cornea. Dr. Ghaznawi has authored publications on Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus, endothelial keratoplasty techniques, and surgical treatment of anterior corneal pathology. 


Dr. Ghaznawi performs a range of cornea and cataract surgeries. She specializes in the implantation of astigmatism and presbyopia correcting intraocular lenses. Dr. Ghaznawi also performs cornea transplant surgeries in the treatment of keratoconus, corneal scarring, Fuchs endothelial dystrophy, and bullous keratopathy, employing the latest techniques in transplantation surgery, including partial thickness and full thickness transplantation. Dr. Ghaznawi also performs many office based procedures in the treatment for corneal diseases including corneal cross-linking, diamond burr debridement, and corneal chelation.


Dr. Ghaznawi is currently an assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai Medical System. She has a long history of working with training physicians and was awarded the Abraham Schlossman Surgical Teacher of the Year in  2011. 

Dr. Ghaznawi lives in New York City, and is raising her two daughters with her husband and the family cat, Pebbles.