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May 2013

Following these guidelines will ensure safe and comfortable results while wearing your lenses – I bet there is at least one thing on the list that is new to you!

  • Do not over-wear your lenses. You may save money in the short term, but wearing them for longer than the prescribed time can lead to infections or other eye conditions.
  • Do not wear lenses if your eyes are red, irritated, teary, painful, light sensitive, or if you have sudden blurred vision or discharge. If these symptoms don’t clear up in a few days, see your optometrist.
  • Do not handle lenses with dirty hands.
  • Do not use saliva to wet or clean your lenses. The mouth is full of bacteria that can be harmful to the eyes.
  • Never use tap water to rinse or soak soft lenses. Minerals and impurities can damage the lenses and can cause infections if absorbed through the eyes.
  • Do not store your soft lenses without solution. They will dry out quickly – multi-purpose solutions are safe to use on lenses for both rinsing and soaking.
  • Do not wear lenses without rinsing them first. The protein deposits loosened while soaking need to be cleaned from the lenses before you insert them.
  • Do not use anyone else’s contact lenses other than your own. Even if you have the same prescription, every lens fits differently. They can damage your eyes if not fitted properly – including colored contacts.
  • Do not swim with contact lenses. Chlorine and chemicals can ruin them, and there is a risk of severe infections due to bacteria and parasites that reside in pools and hot tubs.
  • Do not get makeup, hairspray, or other cosmetics on the lens. Use hairspray before inserting lenses, or close your eyes when using it. Wait to apply eye makeup until after inserting lenses.

Doctors Shah and Wiedeman fit and prescribe contact lenses that are perfect for your lifestyle.

The old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” couldn’t be more true: aside from capturing the beauty of special occasions, images are also used in the ophthalmology field to document a specific eye condition’s progress by freezing a moment in time.

We use Topcon’s specialized slit lamp camera to document such ocular conditions as pterygium, corneal ulcer, herpes keratitis, and tumor. After determining that an image would be beneficial for a patient, the baseline image is captured within a split second – there is no discomfort or dilation necessary.

Benign growths (referred to as iris nevi) can be found in the colored part of the eye. These growths, which rarely develop into malignancies, are kept in check via these specialized images and incremental follow-ups (usually 6 months to a year).

In addition, these high-resolution images are used as an educational tool so patients can see the severity of conditions such as Blepharitis, where persistent inflammation of the eyelids sometimes presents irritation, itching, and red eyes. On follow-up visits, comparing pre- and post- treatment images shows progress that is not visible to the naked eye. Patients can appreciate first-hand the benefits of adhering to the recommended warm compress, careful daily cleansing of lashes, artificial tears, and/or antibiotic regiment outlined by their physician.

Essentially, the team at Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates can scrutinize every minute change from one exam to the next with a high-resolution image. In the past, doctors tracked these specific conditions/variations by writing down and measuring the findings in the patient’s chart. But now, our team can simply compare images in real time to document and track progression with incredible accuracy.

At Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates, we pride ourselves on providing the highest levels of service to our patients. However, there are millions of people in the world who do not have access to the healthcare they need because of inadequate facilities and lack of funding. We try to help whenever we can through charitable donations and philanthropic ventures.

The Voluntary Health Program is a nonprofit organization that provides surgeries to underserved rural areas of Central America. Drs. Ralph and Robyn Del Negro, along with two of their children Ralph & Emily, recently returned from their 2013 mission to the Dominican Republic. Dr. Del Negro and other volunteer doctors performed 332 surgeries, including 161 cataract procedures.

Of the experience, Dr. Del Negro said, “It’s humbling to see how little some people in other parts of the world have. The lack of healthcare is astounding – people going blind waiting to have cataracts removed or even worse, living with untreated glaucoma or other treatable eye diseases that can cause blindness. We were there for such a short time, but being able to help even in a small way is gratifying.”

You can learn more about how to help from the VHP website.

On May 5th Dr. Wiedeman took part in the New Jersey Half Marathon At The Shore. She accomplished her personal goal of just under 2 hours, completing the 13.1 miles in 1:59:16. The race took the 5,348 runners through the scenic shore towns of Oceanport and Monmouth Beach before ending in Long Branch where they crossed the finish line. In preparation for this event, Dr. Wiedeman trained for 14 weeks and clocked in 220 practice miles.

There is nothing more precious than your health, and setting personal goals can help you maintain your wellness. Don’t forget, the benefits of an active lifestyle extend beyond your waistline: exercise, healthy eating habits, and regular visits to your eye doctor will improve your ocular health too. Maintaining a healthy weight and stable blood sugar help keep diseases like diabetic retinopathy in check, and exercise is a great way to release stress as well.

If you are not quite up for a half marathon, just start with a simple walk to get your body moving. Congratulations to Dr. Wiedeman for reaching her goal and putting her recommendations into practice!

Drs. Del Negro and Senft strive to provide the finest care to their patients. As active participants in their professional community they are constantly educating themselves on the newest surgical and technological advances in ophthalmology. Recently, they attended the ASCRS Symposium on Cataract, IOL, and Refractive surgery in San Francisco.

They gained insight through intensive programs that focused on glaucoma diagnosis and treatment as well as all facets of the cornea. In addition they attended symposiums addressing AMD, macular pucker, caring for patients with both glaucoma and cataracts, and new techniques using a femtosecond laser.

Following their educational trip, doctors Del Negro and Senft are back in the office, ready to continue providing unparalleled care and the most advanced surgical techniques for their patients!