Dr. Downy Nguyen


Dr. Nguyen has been a part of Heights Vision since 2008. Additionally, she has provided eye care to New York City school children with Helen Keller International and to the elderly and home bound patients with Wheels of Vision.  She also took time off to do non-profit work by providing eye exams to women and children rescued from exploitation in Thailand.  

She provides comprehensive eye exams including medical eye care for adults and children, as well as contact lens fittings.

Dr. Nguyen obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Psychology at University of Texas at Austin and attended University of Houston College of Optometry where she obtained a Doctorate of Optometry degree in 2005.  She did clinical rotations at Brooke Army Medical Center and Spokane VA Hospital before moving to New York.

She currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband and 2 kids.


Dr. Komal Patel


Dr. Patel has been an optometrist at Heights Vision Center since 2009.  During her optometry career, she has provided eye care to underserved populations in Honduras and Peru and also volunteered with Special Olympics to provide eye exams to athletes.

She currently provides comprehensive eye exams including medical eye care for adults and children as well as contact lens fittings.

Dr. Patel graduated with a degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Rutgers University in 2005.  She went on to attend SUNY College of Optometry in Manhattan.  She graduated in 2009 with a Doctorate of Optometry degree. She did clinical rotations at the Tuscan VA Hospital and the Affiliated Eye Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University in China.

She currently resides in Brooklyn.


Dr. Stuart Friedman


Dr. Stuart Friedman opened Heights Vision in 1987. Previous to this practice, Dr. Friedman had a contact lens practice devoted to "difficult to fit" patients with kerataconus, aphakia, corneal scarring and pediatric cases were referred to him at this practice.

Dr. Friedman is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton with a degree in Art and Psychology. He attended the New England College of Optometry in Boston and graduated in 1981 with a Doctorate of Optometry. During his 3rd year there he spent a semester in Jerusalem, Israel doing a contact lens rotation at Hadassah Hospital.

In addition to general optometry, he  specializes in contact lens fittings. All cosmetic lenses are fitted, as well as therapeutic lenses for medical conditions such as keratoconus, orthokeratology and post LASIK lenses. Custom designed lenses are available when needed, depending on diagnosis. Children's contact lens fittings are available for special vision needs. LASIK consultations and co-management services are also provided.




Matthew is our senior optician and knows the latest and greatest lens options. He hand picks many of the frames that we keep in stock. His friendly smile and personalized service over the years has patients coming back asking for him by name.




Cynthia recently joined our team and her sunny disposition helps to brighten up the office. Her sense of style will help you find the perfect pair of glasses.



Optician / Lab Tech

Bruno runs the lab in the practice and cuts all of the lenses. He provides same day service for many cases. He is great at what he does and has decades of experience mastering his craft.




Alondra is a valuable member of the team.  Along with being a helpful receptionist, her warm smile and care keeps the office running smoothly. 



Faith is a hardworking and bright receptionist and helps make sure the front desk and patient care needs are met.


Ophthalmic Tech / Receptionist

Dazhanee brings helpful and hands on experience to assist the eye doctors and can also help with front desk needs.