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Continuing with May’s theme of Healthy Vision Month, we all should make an effort to get moving. The team at Del Negro & Senft enjoys being active, especially for a worthy cause. We supported the 11th Annual Run/Walk for the Blind, aka the Sandy Hook Lighthouse 5k, organized by the Eatontown Lions Club and The Jersey Shore Running Club on May 7th. This event was organized to benefit New Jersey Blind Citizen’s Association and Camp Happiness, whose mission is “to enhance the quality of life for the blind and visually impaired through education, socialization, and fostering an environment of hope and purpose.”

Always lovable, dogs and puppies in training – along with their handlers from The Seeing Eye – attended this event to offer educational information and to highlight what they do best: train and ready their fosters to be the perfect guide dogs for those with visual impairments.

A week after this 5k, Drs. Shah and Wiedeman were more than ready to conquer the Sandy Hook 10k on May 15th, after training for over a month. Both were happy with their times – a major accomplishment!

Coming off of a holiday weekend where we all enjoyed BBQs, picnics, and meals on the go and finished up with a favorite dessert, it is important to remember to keep moving. Do what works for you – sign up for a walk with a cause, a class, or park farther away from your destination. Your eyes and body will thank you!

Thanks to all who attended Dr. Del Negro’s seminar, Make Vision Health a Priority, on May 5th at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Dr. Del Negro spoke about the importance of scheduling complete eye exams and the various testing that takes place. Also, he discussed that proper nutrition, yoga, etc. are beneficial to the body as well as the eyes. Being conscious of your overall health is an important component of maintaining your best vision.

Keep your eyes healthy and safe throughout the year.

Here are some tips to help ensure good vision:

· Get a Comprehensive Dilated Exam – Our doctors do much more than just determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses during an annual exam. They also check your eyes for common eye diseases and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health. Unfortunately, treatable diseases like glaucoma and diabetes, if ignored, can cause permanent vision loss.

· Live a Healthy Lifestyle – It is beneficial to set personal goals, especially when it comes to your overall health and wellness. Remember, the benefits of an active lifestyle extend beyond your waistline to your eyes. Maintaining a healthy weight and stable blood sugar helps keep diseases like diabetic retinopathy in check. Exercise in conjunction with healthy eating habits will improve your ocular health. You can start slowly with a simple walk to get your body moving.

· Know Your Family History – Ask family members if they have a history of eye issues like blindness, diabetes, glaucoma, hypertension, or macular degeneration. Being armed with this information will keep your doctor informed so they can properly monitor your condition year after year.

· Use Protective Eyewear – Be smart. Protective eyewear prevents 90 percent of all eye injuries.

· Wear Sunglass Protection – Proper sunglass protection is the key to shielding your eyes from sun-related damage all year round. Sunglasses should be worn any time you are outdoors. The best sunglasses offer 100 percent UV absorption and are of the best optical quality.

Eye health tips courtesy of the National Eye Institute.

Thanks to everyone who attended Marina Glatman M.D.’s seminar on Friday, April 29th at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. The topic was macular degeneration, and she discussed the symptoms, methods of monitoring the disease, and treatment options. At the end of her talk, she opened up the floor to field questions from the audience that ranged from cataracts to glaucoma.

Thanks to the Seabrook Internet Group for organizing and hosting a panel discussion on the benefits of the Medical Patient Portal. Dr. Tina Shah was asked to join two other panelists in an effort to explore all aspects of the Patient Portal. During her discussion, Dr. Shah illustrated how to navigate the patient portal in order to update contact information, update medications, read educational information about a diagnosis, print out a visit, and send a message directly to the doctor, if desired.

It was a very informative session marked by insightful audience and panel participation. If you would like to access your patient portal, or have any questions regarding how to sign on, please contact our office at 732-774-5566.

*For your convenience, the patient portal is available 24 hours a day. If you experience a medical emergency, please CALL the office.

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Thanks to all the residents of Seabrook who attended Dr. Senft’s seminar: Senior Eye Health.

Dr. Senft discussed topics ranging from macular degeneration to glaucoma to laser custom cataract surgery. All of the insightful questions brought up at the end of the discussion really added to the dynamic dialogue. One major takeaway is that, as we age, we all need to be educated and take an active role in our eye health to make certain that we receive the proper screening, diagnosis and treatment options.