Meet Our Ithaca Eye Doctors
Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our Ithaca optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
So if you’re looking for eye doctors and eye care near you in the Ithaca area, look no further than Whole Picture Health & Vision!
Dr. Tanya Bloom graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Anthropology. She then spent three years in clinical research at Weill Cornell in their Hematology/Oncology Department. She attended optometry school at the SUNY College of Optometry, where she worked as a student research assistant and completed fourth year rotations in the areas of Ocular Disease, Contact Lens, Head Trauma, Pediatrics, and Vision Therapy. Upon graduating, she completed a Residency specializing in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation at Eyecare Associates, PC in Connecticut and went on to train the upcoming Resident, optometry school interns and Vision Therapists in the diagnosis and treatment of binocular, accommodative, oculomotor and visual perceptual disorders in the pediatric, brain injury and general population.
Dr. Bloom performs comprehensive exams for patients of all ages, evaluating ocular health and treatment of ocular diseases, fitting contact lenses and evaluating functional vision. She is the founder of Whole Picture Health and Vision, an interdisciplinary center that strives to work with other health professionals to achieve maximum results in treating vision disorders.
She has completed post-graduate training and is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), College of Syntonic Optometry (CSO), Optometric Extension Program (OEP), Ocular Wellness and Nutrition Society (OWNS) and American Academy of Optometry (AAO). She is a member of her local and state optometric organizations and volunteers her time at the Ithaca Free Clinic performing eye exams to patients with financial hardship. She is also a provider with InfantSee, which provides no cost vision screening to infants age 6-12 months
Dr. Bloom has recently earned her fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO). This rigorous process requires the submission of written work including posters and case reports, as well as passing an oral exam. It is only achieved by 10% of optometrists in the country.
Dr. Alana Curran graduated cum laude from Union College in New York with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Computer Science. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Dr. Curran worked as an optometric technician, assisting doctors in patient care which solidified her love of optometry. Dr. Curran attended graduate school at the New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA and received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2019.
Dr. Curran received clinical honors at all of her externships as a student. These externships included working with infants and pediatric patients at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA, working with veterans at the VA Outpatient Clinic in Lowell, MA as well as working at a community health center in Dorchester, MA and a practice in Washington, D.C. where she fit therapeutic scleral, hybrid and gas permeable contact lenses. She also completed an externship at the New England Eye Institute in East Bridgewater, MA where she gained extensive experience working with individuals with physical, intellectual and psychiatric disabilities, adapting standard examination techniques to meet the needs of each individual patient. Dr. Curran worked as a clinic instructor at the New England College of Optometry after graduation, teaching first year optometry students. Prior to joining Whole Picture Health & Vision, Dr. Curran worked at a private practice in Boston, MA where she saw patients of all ages, fit soft contacts and specialty lenses and managed ocular diseases.
In her free time, Dr. Curran has served as a sighted running guide for blind and visually impaired runners through the Massachusetts Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired’s ‘Team with a Vision’. She has also volunteered at multiple Special Olympics Massachusetts events, providing free eye care to athletes.
Dr. Curran loves connecting with her patients and working with them to help address the visual problems they may be having. Her clinical interests include the treatment and management of eye diseases and the use of therapeutic specialty lenses to help patients with corneal irregularities caused by dystrophies, surgeries or trauma to the eye.
Dr. Larry B. Wallace is a behavioral optometrist who has practiced for over 40 years in Ithaca, NY. He is the former President and current education director for the College of Syntonic Optometry, an organization dedicated to education and research in optometric photo-therapy. He is a former President of the International Light Association. He is certified in Low Vision, and Postural Rehabilitation specialist. He is a member of College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), College of Syntonic Optometry (CSO), Optometric Extension Program (OEP) and the Academy of Preventive Medicine. He has invented and patented the first micro-current device to treat retinal disease. Dr. Wallace organizes workshops, lectures around the world, and publishes articles on vision therapy, syntonics and preventive vision care.