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January 2014

Seattle Seahawks Fullback Derrick Coleman, 23, of Los Angeles, made headlines recently for overcoming a hearing impairment. His story culminated in a very touching and inspirational Duracell commercial documenting his rise to the NFL. By now, you’ve probably had a chance to see the spot. But, did you know that his teammate, Receiver and Special Team standout, Jermaine Kearse, has a similar story of overcoming obstacles to achieve his full potential in the very same competitive sport?

Sports writer Bob Condotta reported that early in Kearse’s career as a Husky at the University of Washington, when he spoke about needing to “focus more” on an irritating habit of dropping too many passes, he literally meant what he was saying. In his second year as a Seahawk, Kearse divulged that he wore glasses for years and often wore contacts while playing as a Husky.

Kearse never cited his vision as the main reason for dropping a few easy passes early on in his career; however, after electing to have LASIK during the offseason, it is difficult not to make the connection.

Coach Pete Carroll, who has been a big supporter of Kearse, has been quoted by Terry Blount of ESPN as saying that Kearse’s LASIK surgery made a big difference in his game. “He’s been terrific since the surgery, to tell you the truth,” Carroll has said. “He has made great catches, one right after another, and has continued to impress us.”

“I don’t really drop the ball much anymore,” Kearse said, explaining that surgery “has helped a lot. I don’t have to deal with my contacts being all blurry.” He reports that his improved 20-15 vision has enabled him to see things he hadn’t in years.

Recognizing his improving game, coach Carroll made it a point to provide Kearse with more opportunities to perform. A strong threat to the opposing team, he can play at almost every position if needed. In the NFC Championship Game, his potential was realized by millions when he caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson that put Seattle in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Kearse’s story is not unlike many patients who become interested in LASIK as a necessity–patients who have become contact lens intolerant, or just find that glasses and/or contacts are complicating their active lifestyle. Dr. Mark Sheklian explained the freedom he now enjoys after his Bladeless LASIK procedure with Dr. Del Negro: “I can enjoy swimming and running and my other activities without my contacts drying out, or falling out.”

If you are interested in reaching your full visual potential and enjoying your active lifestyle, call us at 732-774-5566 x239 for a complimentary LASIK Evaluation. Discover if you are a candidate and make plans to see the world more clearly.

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If you suffer from Rosacea, a chronic skin condition that produces small red, pus-filled bumps and makes your cheeks blush, it is easy to focus solely on the skin condition since it is front and center with every interaction you have on a daily basis.

It is important, however, not to ignore eye symptoms that can occur as a result of this chronic condition. Did you know that Rosacea has an eye component? For example, if you have experienced fits of tearing where your eyes look watery or bloodshot, suffer from recurrent styes, have noticed feeling dry, scratchy or foreign body sensation with every blink, or are bothered by eyelids that are swollen or red you may have eye involvement, namely ocular rosacea.

The best way to investigate your particular situation is to see an ophthalmologist as not all people diagnosed with Rosacea will have eye involvement. If left untreated you will open yourself to flare ups and may eventually experience vision loss from corneal damage. It is not something to take lightly or brush off because you are too busy to make a doctor’s appointment. If diagnosed, you will have to adopt a regimen to keep the condition under control, since it is chronic. Check out Blepharitis/Meibomitis (Lid Margin Disease) to learn more.

Feel free to schedule an appointment at 732-774-5566 to determine if your Rosacea is wreaking havoc with your eye health and fight back.

Journalist Eun Kyung Kim recently reported in a Today Health article that she had cataract surgery after experiencing a dip in her visual clarity when relaxing on the beach, playing with her children, and driving them to activities in bright light. Ms. Kim is 43 years old.

In her article, Kim discusses the growing trend for baby boomers to opt for cataract surgery sooner rather than later. She cites a recent study by the Mayo Clinic that “indicates an increasing number of people are having cataract surgery – and are doing it at ‘younger’ ages. The study, which examined cataract surgeries done from 2005 to 2011 in Minnesota’s Olmstead County, found that about 20 percent of those surgeries were in patients younger than 65.”

Waiting until a cataract becomes “ripe” is no longer the standard. Cataracts are now removed when they begin to impede on a persons’ everyday lifestyle. It is a very subjective phenomenon because not everyone has the same threshold for the amount of haziness, glare, trouble reading, or problems with night driving they are willing tolerate. Furthermore, because we rely so heavily on smartphones, tablets, and/or computers for personal and business communication, younger generations are apt to notice a slight dip in visual acuity because they constantly call on their vision to complete daily tasks, much more than in previous generations.

To the younger members of the baby boomer generation, the notion of fixing the issue so they can continue to work and produce at the level to which they have been accustomed does not seem like an extraordinary request. Essentially, these self-sufficient and self-reliant younger-than-65 year olds want to hold onto their independence for a very, very long time.

Check out Kim’s article and contact us at 732-774-5566 if your vision is preventing you from enjoying your daily lifestyle. Take advantage of Laser Custom Cataract Surgery with Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates. Get the customized treatment options you deserve, and seize the opportunity to see the rest of your life clearly.