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Ever wonder why, by the end of your workday, your eyes start to feel watery and appear bloodshot, and your lids get heavy? Well, you’ve probably been working hard in front of a computer screen or handheld device all day, right? Honestly, we are all “connected” somehow, and the blue light follows us everywhere…

So, how can you combat the effects of constant exposure to blue light? Luckily there are special lenses and fashionable magnetic clip-ons that are specially made to protect your eyes from straining caused by blue light. These lenses are essential for living and working alongside technology.

According to Blue Clip Magnetic Eyewear®, the sources of blue light have expanded over the years to include TVs, computer screens, tablets, and smartphones – all of which increase prolonged exposure.

Here are some symptoms to look out for:
· Digital eyestrain
· Headaches
· Physical and mental fatigue
· Loss of Concentration
· Dry and irritated eyes

Stop by The Eyewear Boutique in Neptune or Red Bank to learn how wearing blue-light-filtering lenses can serve to protect your eyes, increase your comfort level, and perhaps even deliver a more restful night’s sleep when utilized 2-3 hours before bed.

Source: Aspex® Eyewear Group, aspexeyewear.com

Patricia E. Carniglia, OD, FAAO, completed her undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Business Administration. She returned to the East Coast to attend SUNY College of Optometry, where she earned her Doctor of Optometry and completed her Residency in Binocular Vision and Pediatrics. Dr. Carniglia divided her time between clinical teaching at SUNY College of Optometry and private practice. She had her own practice on Park Avenue in Manhattan from 2005 to 2017.

Dr. Carniglia joined Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates in 2018 with 30 years’ experience as an Optometrist in New York City. Throughout her career, she has focused on comprehensive eye care, binocular vision, pre- and post-operative management of cataracts, corneal, and refractive surgery as well as emergency eye care. In addition, she performed contact lens fittings with astigmatic, multifocal, and rigid gas permeable lenses. Dr. Carniglia uses the latest technology to halt the progression of nearsightedness in children and young adults.

Dr. Carniglia served on the Board of Directors for the NY Academy of Optometry for 12 years, was on the Advisory Board of TLC Laser Eye Center in Manhattan for two years, and is a member of the American Academy of Optometry. In addition, she is a recipient of both the Fred Brock Memorial Vision Therapy Award and the Bausch and Lomb Award for Excellence in Contact Lenses.

Currently, Dr. Carniglia performs comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, and manages ocular diseases. She provides emergency eye care and co-manages surgical patients with Drs. Del Negro, Senft, and Glatman. She works in our Neptune and Red Bank locations, offering evening appointments for patient convenience.

As the new year begins, make your vision a priority! January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. It is important to educate yourself about this sight-stealing disease. Early detection is critical…

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a disease that can slowly destroy the delicate nerve fibers that carry signals from the back of the eye to the brain. Generally, high pressure within the eye is responsible for the damage, but even patients with normal pressure can experience loss of this important nerve function due to glaucoma.

It’s important to be checked yearly to ensure glaucoma is not present, because patients do not always feel the symptomatic elevated eye pressure as it slowly robs them of their sight. Because it can be inherited, if one family member has glaucoma, other family members should be checked.

While glaucoma typically affects people age 40 and older, it can strike at any age. Glaucoma is called “the silent thief” because there is no pain or noticeable change in vision during the early stages of the disease.

No treatment can restore vision already lost to glaucoma. The goal of treatment is to prevent further vision loss.

Click here to read more about the types of glaucoma and learn about the available treatment options.

Thanks to Hackensack Meridian Health for organizing this year’s Mitchell Vassar Vision Awareness Day at the Grand Marquis in Old Bridge. A generous grant from Janice Mitchell Vassar makes it possible to offer educational information and provide free screenings not only during Vision Awareness Day, but throughout the year.

This year’s guest speaker, Scott MacIntyre, hails from American Idol fame. Scott gifted the audience with his calm and insightful spirit. He discussed his three principles to attaining the “Beauty In Life.” First, success begins with a choice; second, believing is seeing; and third, people who achieve their dreams are people who are not afraid to take risks. All three principles require that action is taken. According to Scott, you must take the risk to see the beauty in life.

It certainly is an inspirational story from a highly accomplished singer, songwriter, and pianist. He approached his blindness and not one, but two, kidney transplants as an opportunity to achieve his own personal greatness in life, family, and career. It’s hard not to witness all the beauty that arose from his seizing opportunity at every turn. Scott now shares his gifts with all of us, so we benefit from his taking initiative. In fact, he treated us to a live performance, which made it clear that he brings joy and inspiration to everyone who is lucky enough to catch a performance. Click here to learn more about Scott’s amazing story.

Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates is thankful to have been part of this year’s resource fair with exhibitions along with an array of Hackensack Meridian Health network services and programs. The NJ Sharing Network provided a wealth of information and inspirational stories of how one can save lives through organ and tissue donation. The Neptune Lion’s Club was on hand collecting prescription eyeglasses, as well as prescription and non-prescription sunglasses as part of its “Lions Recycle for Sight” program. For additional information on the Programs available through the Mitchell Vassar Bright Future Legacy throughout our community, click here.

  • An estimated 3.2 million women age 50 and over and 1.68 million men age 50 and over are affected by dry eye syndrome.
  • More than 82 million people in the US are affected by blepharitis.
WE HAVE EXPANDED OUR DRY EYE TREATMENT PROGRAM
Dry Eye and Blepharitis are such common issues. Our goal is to create a customized, long term regimen to promote tear, ocular surface, and meibomian gland health. This customized treatment plan will force bothersome conditions into an asymptomatic state whereby patients can easily go about their day without irritation, pain, or discomfort. If you suffer from chronic irritation, red, watery eyes, or styes don’t give up hope.

With this customization in mind, Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates have added a few options to our Dry Eye Treatment Program: BlephEx™ in office procedure, PRN Omega-3 Nutriceuticals, and a heat mask compress.

IN OFFICE TREATMENT FOR BLEPHARITIS
BlephEx™ stands for microblepharoexfoliation, a painless procedure that safely and effectively removes the scurf and excess bacteria and biofilm that is responsible for the majority of low-grade inflammatory blepharitis, the primary cause of chronic dry eye disease.
 
With the BlephEx treatment Drs. Glatman and Wiedeman can precisely and safely clean and exfoliate your eyelids and lashes, which will almost immediately improve your symptoms. More importantly, by completely removing the exotoxin-laden biofilm along the lid margin, they can help you avoid the long-term inflammatory damage to your tear glands, preventing chronic dry eye syndrome.

If you are a candidate for the treatment, Drs. Glatman or Wiedeman can perform this painless, in-office procedure in under 10 minutes. The BlephEx handpiece is used to gently and carefully, spin a medical grade micro-sponge along the edge of your eyelids and lashes, removing scurf and debris and exfoliating your eyelids.

The disposable micro-sponge is used for each individual eyelid so bacteria is not spread between the lids. The eyes are then rinsed thoroughly.

PRN OMEGA-3 NUTRICEUTICALS
Not all Omega-3 products are created equal.
  • PRN removes Toxins from Unpurified Native Oil with heat and ethyl alcohol for concentration of Omega-3.
  • PRN takes an additional step to Remove Ethyl Alcohol in order to create a pure, Re-esterified Triglyceride (rTG) Form of Omega-3s.
  • This extraction process produces omega-3s similar to those found in nature when you eat foods like fish. This allows for 3x more easy absorption and means no ‘fish burps.’ *
  • Eye Omega Benefits®/ 4 softgels daily
  • Help for those with occasional dry eye symptoms such as scratchy or red eyes.
    Offers a safe and effective means of addressing occasional dry eye symptoms systemically rather than topically. Supports proper tear function.*

  • Dry Eye Omega Benefits® Liquid/ 1 teaspoon daily
  • A liquid alternative to 4 softgels of PRN Dry Eye Omega Benefits®
    If you have trouble swallowing softgels, this is the ideal alternative. It provides the same benefits as the softgel tabs, but it is in a pleasant tasting, easy to swallow liquid formula.

    *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

    HEAT MASK COMPRESS
    Patients use these masks alone or in conjunction with oral antibiotics, tear savers, artificial tears, gel tears, cleansing lid margin with baby shampoo, or BlephEx in-office treatment to provide relief. Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates offers two masks for in-office purchase:
    • Monocular (One Eye) Mask Compress – This single eye solution, featuring MediBeads® technology, is ideal for busy schedules. The smart design makes it convenient for patients to treat a stye with warm, moist heat while still being able to go about their daily activities. It will loosen debris by the lash line making it easy to be removed. Simply heat for 15 seconds in the microwave then apply over closed eye for 10 minutes. Repeat as needed. (Instructions provided in packaging. DO NOT overheat.)
    • Gel Mask- Relax and renew with this spa-like treatment. Microwave gel mask for 30 seconds and apply for 10 minutes. This warm compress encourages the meibomian glands on the eyelids to produce more lipids therefore elevating the quality of tears produced, which, in turn, relieves the symptoms of dry eye. Repeat as needed. (Instructions provided in packaging. DO NOT overheat.)
    OVERVIEW OF ALL DRY EYE TREATMENT PROGRAM OPTIONS:
    • PRN Dry Eye Omega Benefits (Omega-3s)
    • BlephEx™ in-office treatment
    • Warm Compress (Gel Heat Mask OR Monocular Mask)
    • Washing Lashes With Baby Shampoo
    • Wiping with medicated lid scrubs
    • Lubricating Tears
    • Restasis® or Xiidra®
    • Gel Tears
    • Punctal Plugs (Tear Savers)
    • Topical Antibiotics
    • Doxycycline
    • Steroid Eye Drops

Thanks to Hackensack Meridian Health and the Mitchell Vassar Bright Future Legacy for organizing Dr. Glatman’s presentation, Eyes are Everything. On October 26th, Dr. Glatman had the pleasure of presenting to and fielding questions from members of the community at Hackensack Meridian’s Community Outreach Center in the Freehold Raceway Mall. She discussed conditions such as dry eye, blephatritis, meibomian gland dysfunction, styes, ectropion, entropion, ptosis, and dermatochalasis. She also explained how certain eyelid conditions could be repaired surgically to provide the patient relief from scratchy, dry eyes and offer better visual acuity.

As you plan to wow with your costume this Halloween, don’t forget these important tips regarding decorative contact lens safety. It may just save your vision!

“Beware,” says Dr. Helene Clayton-Jeter, an optometrist and health programs coordinator at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “Decorative contact lenses can cause serious eye damage if not fitted by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. . . One of the greatest risks from these lenses is the possibility of an infection that could lead to blindness.”

 

FDA Tips for Safe Use

Below are several tips the campaign uses to reinforce the message that teens and young adults need to use decorative contact lenses safely:

  • Get an eye exam from a licensed eye doctor (optometrist or ophthalmologist), even if you think your vision is perfect.
  • Get a valid prescription that includes the brand name, lens measurements, and an expiration date. But don’t expect your eye doctor to prescribe anime, or circle, lenses. These bigger-than-normal lenses that give the wearer a wide-eyed, doll-like look have not been approved by FDA.
  • Buy the lenses from a seller that requires you to provide a prescription, whether you shop in person or online.
  • Follow directions for cleaning, disinfecting, and wearing the lenses, and visit your eye doctor for follow-up eye exams.
  • See your eye doctor right away if you have signs of possible eye infection, such as redness, eye pain that doesn’t go away after a short time, or a decrease in vision.

Source: https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm402704.htm#FDA

Don’t forget: September is Healthy Aging® Month. According to Carolyn Worthington, publisher of Healthy Aging® Magazine, Healthy Aging® Month provides inspiration and practical ideas for adults ages 50-plus to improve their physical, mental, social, and financial well being. Take this opportunity to reassess your health goals.

As you go about your day exercising and trying to eat well – both of which are instrumental in maintaining your eye health – also remember to schedule your annual eye exam. Be proactive by living a healthy lifestyle and by scheduling all those important yearly exams that can benefit your overall quality of life as you age.

Remember, early detection of conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy can prove to be sight-saving in the long run. Be the driver, not the passenger, on the road to maintaining your health. Book your appointment today!

Have you ever sat down at a restaurant and had to borrow someone else’s reading glasses to decipher the menu? If you’re over the age of 40, chances are you have. But the good news is that we can actually help prevent such a hiccup so you can focus more on enjoying the moment and less on your reading glasses.

Did you know – you now have the opportunity to CHOOSE what your vision will be like following cataract surgery. If you are a candidate for specific advanced technology lenses, you now have the option to rely less on reading glasses throughout your day. What does this mean to you? It means you’ll be able to complete near-to-far tasks with ease, without having to rely on your glasses as much for correction. So when you’re out shopping, you can read price tags, glance at your cell phone, maybe even check the time on your watch – and still be able to easily scan the store to look for your shopping partner who just wandered off into another department.

The multifocal lens is designed to enhance a full range of vision (near, far, and in-between). When Laser Custom Cataract Surgery is used in combination with these lenses it improves centration of lens allowing the patient to experience the best visual outcome.

Your surgeon will carefully evaluate the visual demands of your individual lifestyle before recommending a particular lens. If you have astigmatism, your surgeon may recommend a specific lens designed to correct that condition. There are circumstances where another lens option may be more beneficial for a particular patient.

If you are interested in learning more about your particular options, please contact us at 732-774-5566 to schedule an evaluation. Drs. Del Negro, Senft, and Glatman will present a surgical plan customized to your individual visual needs.

Happy Fourth of July! As you celebrate the day that our country gained its independence, don’t forget about protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.

It seems like UVA & UVB protection is on the top of everyone’s mind. We all know to slather on sunscreen and wear protective clothing – but remember another mandatory item to take along: sunglasses, of course! Make them part of your daily sun-protection routine. Make sure the lens has an anti–reflective coating to ensure sharper, cleaner vision.

Polarized lenses make your time in the sun more enjoyable! This lens paired with an anti-reflective coating is your best choice for sun protection. The lenses cut down on eye fatigue and are an excellent option for providing clarity, vivid color, glare-free vision, and 100% UV protection.
TRANSITIONS® Lenses feature a changeable tint – an excellent choice for people who lead an active lifestyle. Choose from XTRActive® lenses that provide protection from bright sun and harmful blue light outdoors, indoors and even behind the windshield of a car. The traditional option, Signature®, adapts to the perfect tint in every light. (Available lens colors: gray, brown, graphite green.)

The level of ultraviolet radiation (UVA and UVB) is at least three times higher during the summer months, and UV rays will also reflect off of water and sand – potentially causing serious eye irritation. With the right type of sunglasses, you can enjoy the sand and surf while protecting your eyes – and also look fashionable in the process.

Check out The Eyewear Boutique at Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates for the latest sunglass options and enjoy 25% off your entire purchase when you buy a pair of sunglasses. This special summer offer is valid through August 31 and excludes Maui Jim and Oakley.