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Lawrence M. Buono, M.D.


Lawrence M. Buono, M.D. specializes in performing cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, and ophthalmic plastic surgery procedures.

Lawrence M. Buono, M.D. introduces himself and describes his specialties in glaucoma and cataract surgery. He talks about his education and background in medicine. He enjoys helping patients find solutions to complex medical problems.

Meet Dr. Lawrence Buono


Dr. Lawrence Buono introduces himself and describes his specialties in glaucoma and cataract surgery. He talks about his education and background in medicine. He enjoys helping patients find solutions to complex medical problems.

Dr. Buono is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and treats all medical and surgical conditions of the eye.  He specializes in ophthalmic surgery, including cataract, glaucoma and ophthalmic plastic surgery.  He has a special interest in complex cataract surgery including lens exchange and sutured intraocular lenses.  Dr. Buono has extensive experience with premium intraocular lenses including Tecnis® multifocal lens, Restor® multifocal lens, Crystalens® lens and Toric lenses.

Dr. Buono is also fellowship trained in neuro-ophthalmology. He completed his fellowship training at the world-renowned Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.  After completing his fellowship training, he served as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the prestigious Duke University Eye Center before joining private practice.

Dr. Buono is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the New York Institute of Technology, College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he teaches medical students and residents.  Dr. Buono serves as an attending physician at Southampton Hospital, Eastern Long Island Hospital and Peconic Bay Medical Center.  He is currently the chairman of surgery at Eastern Long Island Hospital and serves on the Executive Medical Committee of the hospital.

Dr. Buono is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS), American College of Surgeons, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), Medical Society of the State of New York, Suffolk County Medical Society, and the New York State Ophthalmologic Society.  

Castle Connolly Top Doctors in Smithtown, Long IslandDr. Buono was born in the Bronx and was raised in Yonkers.  He completed his undergraduate degree at New York University (NYU) with a major in Philosophy and a minor in both Biology and Chemistry.   He received an NYU scholarship for academic merit.  He then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he completed his medical degree at Thomas Jefferson Medical College.  While in medical school he received both the Schulman and Barnes scholarships for academic merit.

After completion of a medical/surgical internship at the Presbyterian Hospital/ University of Pennsylvania, he returned to New York for his ophthalmology residency at New York Medical College in Valhalla.  After residency, the eye doctor completed an additional year of fellowship training in neuro-ophthalmology at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

After completion of his neuro-ophthalmology fellowship, he served as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Duke University School of Medicine and an attending surgeon at the Duke University Eye Center in the neuro-ophthalmology and comprehensive ophthalmology divisions.  As the attending neuro-ophthalmologist at the Duke Eye Center, he had the opportunity to care for patients with complex neuro-ophthalmic conditions and worked closely with the Department of Neurosurgery at the Duke University Brain Tumor Center.  He was an active cataract and anterior segment surgeon in addition to his responsibilities as a teacher. As an eye doctor, he taught ophthalmology fellows, residents and medical students and served as an attending surgeon ophthalmologist at the Durham Veterans Hospital where he taught ophthalmic microsurgery to the residents.  

Dr. Buono has authored numerous papers on neuro-ophthalmic disorders in the ophthalmic literature and serves as a reviewer for several of the major ophthalmic journals.  His academic interests include ischemic optic neuropathy, giant cell arteritis, and pseudotumor cerebri.  He also holds a patent for experimental work he did in the use of injectable dyes for the staining of the anterior lens capsule and vitreo-retinal interface, which aids cataract surgeons in performing safer surgery.  Dr. Buono has lectured extensively in ophthalmology as both a clinical instructor at the American Academy of Ophthalmology and as an invited speaker.  He actively participates at national ophthalmic meetings.

Dr. Buono resides in East Quogue with his wife Dr. Christine Speer Buono and their two children, James and Christopher.  In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, cooking and woodworking.

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