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If you live at or around the Jersey Shore, we have exciting news for you! On April 18th from 10 am-2pm, Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates will be part of a special event with New Jersey 101.5’s Dennis and Judi at the Four Seasons Diner in Toms River, NJ.

Dr. Carl J. Senft and Dr. Tina V. Shah will be on hand during this event to answer all of your questions about eye conditions and eye care, as well as All Laser LASIK and Laser Custom Cataract Surgery. Drs. Del Negro and Senft are proud to be the first eye surgeons in the area to offer the gentle precision of the LenSx Laser during the first key step of cataract surgery to help you attain your best possible vision.

Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates will be raffling off a pair of designer sunglasses from our optical shop. We will also be distributing shore-inspired recycle bags featuring artwork by local artist, Sherly A. Bennett. Each bag contains eyeglass spray and a microfiber cloth. With important eye care information, great food, and Dennis and Judi– this event is not to be missed!

The Four Seasons Diner is located at 823 Fischer Boulevard in Toms River, NJ. Our Ocean County office is conveniently located at 100 Drum Point Road in Brick, NJ. To contact us at our Brick or Neptune, NJ, locations call (732) 774-5566 or visit us at dseye.com.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The impending snow storm threatening to drop about a foot of snow on the East Coast did not stop the brides-to-be from attending the latest Bridal Show at the Crystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant. It was clear that attendees were tired of hibernating from all the recent snow and Polar Vortex warnings, and were overdue for some fun with family and friends! There was a wonderful turnout for fabulous food, entertainment, and information. Everyone was so animated, and there was so much energy in the room!

We would like to thank all the brides and their extended families who stopped by our booth to meet with us and pick up some educational information. Fresh off the conga line, Kim Lasky was the lucky winner of our giveaway. Stunned, she exclaimed, “I never win anything!” That changed in an instant as she left with a great basket filled with designer FENDI sunglasses and a bunch of goodies including $500 off a Bladeless LASIK procedure. If you, or someone you know, is in the process of planning a wedding, please join us at our next bridal show–Wednesday March 26th at Jacques Reception Center, Middletown, NJ. Hope to see you there!

Most people who seek out LASIK surgery do so because they are looking for a means to make their routine less complicated and to enjoy the activities they love to the fullest extent. We recently saw this sentiment expressed on a world-wide scale by world cup Alpine ski racer Bode Miller, in a USA Today interview following his Olympic downhill run during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Miller pointed to a lack of visual acuity during his disappointing downhill performance. The cloud cover created a flat light condition in which it is harder for the racers, especially at high speeds, to read the upcoming terrain. The five-time Olympic medalist finished eighth in the race, which he had hoped would signal his return to the top of the alpine ski world at age 36.

“I was supposed to get an eye surgery earlier this year,” Miller said. “We just never found a time to do it because the race schedule was so tight. We were pretty [upset] looking back that we hadn’t found a time to do that. For me, my vision is critical. When the light’s perfect, I can ski with any of the best guys in the world. When it goes out, my particular style suffers more than the guys who are more stable and don’t do as much in the middle of the turn.”

Don’t live with regret. . . if LASIK surgery was or is a dream of yours, contact us at 732-774-5566 x239 to schedule an evaluation that will determine if you are a candidate. Attain your full potential, and seize your opportunity to become less dependent on glasses and/or contacts.

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If you have been watching the prime time coverage of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, you are probably aware of Bob Costas’ epic run-in with an eye infection.

On Friday, February 7th, just as the NBC news anchor’s battle was beginning, it was broadcast for all the world to see. According to the Washington Times, Costas had been wearing glasses since the start of the Sochi Olympics due to an infection in his left eye. His eye appeared swollen, pink, irritated, and painful during the early broadcast, and got progressively worse from there. His condition garnered so much attention that it actually spawned its own Twitter account. Social media exploded with a wide range of comments.

Costas told the New York Times that the problem first started on Thursday, February 6th. “You hear it called pinkeye or conjunctivitis, but, as a practical matter, I haven’t had it before. You have swelling and stinging and burning and eventually tearing,” Costas told the New York Times.

He endured for several days. On Monday’s broadcast, it became clear that the infection had spread to his other eye and, when he woke up Tuesday, both eyes were swollen and crusted shut.

His painful condition temporarily removed him from the anchor chair, a position that he had consistently filled since the late ’80s. “I don’t feel that bad,” Costas insisted. “The irony of it is, we’ve all felt bad — worse than I feel right now — and gone to work. We’re lucky to have the jobs we have. I’ve done a lot of ballgames and events feeling much less than my best. But in this case, it’s involuntary. It’s an eye infection, and my eyes are so blurry and watery, and have become so light sensitive, that even in dim light they’re constantly tearing up. And so, I can’t possibly be in the studio. It’s not a case of just saying ‘Oh, what the heck — I’ll go in, not feeling well’.”

Matt Lauer stepped in for Costas and could not hide his exhaustion from doing double duty for three days. Meredith Vieira made history by replacing Lauer and becoming the first woman to ever anchor NBC’s prime time Olympic coverage solo. NBC Olympics Executive Producer Jim Bell explained to TODAY.com from Sochi: “Bob’s eye issue has improved but he’s not quite ready to do the show. If your eyes are sensitive to bright lights, a TV studio is not the place to be.”

CBS reporter, Ryan Jaslow, reported that Costas said he had a viral infection. “If it was just discomfort, I’d be there,” Costas said in the news release. “I’m receiving excellent treatment…it’s a viral infection, and all you can do is try to manage the symptoms while the virus runs its course.”

So, What is Conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva, the thin transparent layer of tissue that lines the inner surface of the eyelid and covers the white part of the eye. Conjunctivitis, often called “pink eye,” is a common eye disease that may be caused by a viral or bacterial infection or allergic reaction and can be highly contagious. Many times if you have a cold you might develop a simultaneous conjunctivitis. Cool compresses decrease swelling and itching. Artificial tears dilute the allergens and form a protective barrier over the surface of the eye. Rubbing the eyes makes symptoms worse and should be avoided.

When experiencing redness, sensitivity to light, swelling and/or discharge that makes your lids stick together, or pain, take a cue from Costas and make sure you seek out medical attention. Your course of treatment is dependent upon what you are suffering from—bacterial, viral, or allergic.

Feel free to contact us at 732-774-5566 if you need treatment. Our doctors will get you back on track with individualized treatment and follow-up. This past Sunday, Costas felt well enough to return to the studio while one of his replacements, Matt Lauer, covered for the last time. He returned last night for his prime time and late night hosting duties, thankful for the team who covered for him during his six day absence.

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Dr. Senft recently presented an educational seminar titled, “Technology & The Eye,” where he discussed specific features of Reading Machines and e-Reader devices such as Kindle and iPad—including making Text Size Larger, Dictation, Voice-Over, Wireless Braille Displays, Zoom, White Text On Black Background –and how each can improve the reading experience for individuals suffering from low vision. These advanced technology tools allow people to be productive and engage their mind, even if vision is compromised.

In a similar vein, another wonderful opportunity to consider is talking books and Braille through the NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC). If you or someone you know has compromised vision, you may want to explore its many offerings. The library is a great resource for individuals or families who are searching for the means to exercise and challenge their minds despite their physical limitations. The offerings are only available to members, so please visit their website to learn about the process. (www.njsltbbc.org)

New Jersey residents may qualify for the program if their ability to read is affected by: a physical impairment, a reading disability, or a vision impairment.

Anyone who cannot read standard print, has difficulty holding a book, or has difficulty turning the pages of a book may qualify for TBBC’s services .TBBC, a division of the New Jersey State Library, is supported by funding from the State of New Jersey and the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act. TBBC is a regional library of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a division of the U.S. Library of Congress. The New Jersey State Library is affiliated with Thomas Edison State College.

TBC offers a wide range of materials to satisfy the most avid readers. The Braille and Audio Recording Download (BARD) allows members to download audiobooks, audio magazines, and Braille files. For user convenience, the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) mobile app is available on iPhones and iPads, and can be downloaded from Apple’s app store or from iTunes. Currently, there are over 25,000 audiobooks, 42 audio magazines, and numerous Braille files that can be downloaded from the BARD website.

BARD is a fantastic tool, but it isn’t the only resource out there. OneClickdigital has a media manager program that members can download to their computer. The media manager allows members to download and transfer audiobook files to their computer or to mp3 player. OneClickdigital apps for smartphones and tablets can be found by searching for ‘OneClickdigital’ in the app store you use for your smart device. Feel free to visit the website, as it is very educational and provides step by step videos and instructions to take advantage of whatever program best suits your needs.

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.

On December 1st, NHL Sharks captain Joe Thornton took a puck above his right eye during the team’s hard fought win over the Anaheim Ducks. Thornton was immediately whisked off the ice and given stitches. Not long after, to the surprise and excitement of the crowd, he re-emerged without a visor. As the cameras documented the stoic scene, Thornton’s eyelid started to swell shut and the surrounding skin began to develop into a purple and brown backdrop, highlighting the nasty injury.

Saturday night’s injury raises an interesting question about eye protection and major sports. For hockey specifically, veteran players like Thornton are grandfathered into the new ruling that players must wear a visor. This means that new players are required to wear visors, while vets are given a choice. Although it may not prevent every injury to the face, a visor provides added protection critical to safety and peace of mind.

Unexpected situations like this, especially those animated on the television screen, force us to consider how precious our eyesight is to us. If given the benefit of hindsight, wouldn’t we all chose to wear eye protection? Unfortunately, eye injuries can occur anytime, anywhere. If you are not wearing proper protection, you could be risking permanent vision loss or blindness.

Our optical shop offers a wide selection of eye protection to keep your vision healthy and safe as you enjoy your favorite activities. This season, visit our Optical Shop’s RX Sport Zone to check out stylish, functional offerings that work with every active lifestyle. Make sure your family is protected, and take advantage of our holiday special!

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends, watch football, and enjoy a bountiful meal prepared by the designated cook. Here’s some fun facts you can share with as you sit down to gobble up your Thanksgiving Day feast.

8 Things you didn’t know about a Turkey’s Vision:

  1. They have color vision.
  2. They have poor night vision.
  3. They have excellent visual acuity during daylight hours.
  4. They lack 3D vision, but compensate by bobbing their heads up and down to gather information about their surroundings.
  5. They have excellent peripheral vision to alert them of nearby predators.
  6. Their eyes are set apart on opposite sides of their heads, but the fact that they can rotate their necks 360° proves to be a great asset because they can survey their area from all angles.
  7. Single cone photoreceptors found in a turkey’s retina detect light to wavelengths near 400 nanometers, which is in the UVA light range. The ability to see UVA light helps birds when they are detecting prey, selecting a mate, and foraging for food.
  8. Hunters should be cautious of washing their clothes with phosphates and other chemicals that whiten or brighten clothes. These artificial brighteners glow a bright blue to turkeys, who can see the ultraviolet light as part of the color spectrum.

Happy Thanksgiving!