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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.

Thanks to everyone who braved the rain and wind yesterday to attend Dr. Glatman’s seminar, Eyes Are Everything, at the Brick Fitness & Wellness Center. It was an amazing turnout! Dr. Glatman discussed cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma and fielded questions from the attentive audience. This educational program was made possible by the Mitchell Vassar Bright Future Legacy in conjunction with Hackensack Meridian Health.

As we continue to roll out this year’s sunglass trends, we would be remiss not to mention the importance of protecting your eyes, as well as the delicate skin around them, from the sun’s damaging rays.

Cheryl Khanna, M.D., Mayo Clinic, warns, “UV radiation from the sun can damage not only the skin of your eyelid but also the cornea, lens and other parts of the eye. UV exposure also contributes to the development of certain types of cataracts, growths on the eye and possibly macular degeneration.”

What you should look for in a Sunglass Lens:

Blocks 99 percent of Ultraviolet Rays
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends a lens that blocks 99 percent of UV protection: “You should always buy sunglasses with this feature. Long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunlight is linked to cataracts and eye growths, including cancer. UVB radiation is considered more dangerous to the eyes and skin than UVA radiation. Both plastic and glass lenses absorb some UV light, but UV absorption can be improved by adding chemicals to the lens material during manufacturing or by applying special lens coatings. Look for sunglasses that block 99 percent or 100 percent of all UV light. Some manufacturers’ labels say ‘UV absorption up to 400nm.’ This is the same thing as 100 percent UV absorption.”

Polarized Lenses
Another option suggested by the AAO, is a polarized lens. It works to cut reflected glare — sunlight that bounces off smooth surfaces like pavement, car windows, chromed surfaces or water. It can be particularly useful for activities such as driving and fishing. Polarization has nothing to do with UV light absorption, but many polarized lenses are now combined with a UV-blocking substance. Be sure to check the label to make sure the lenses provide maximum UV protection.

Mirror Coated
The hot new trend this season, mirror finishes are thin layers of various metallic coatings on an ordinary lens. Don’t get a false sense of protection, however. When you are looking to purchase mirrored lenses make sure they have an additional coating that will fully protect you against UV radiation.

Now that you are educated on the types of lenses that protect from UV rays, you must keep those sunnies in good shape once you find the pair you love.

Michael Ehrlich, M.D. fellowship trained oculoplastic surgeon and board certified ophthalmologist at Yale School of Medicine, explained the importance of maintaining your lenses. He discussed in a recent Allure article “how lenses can lose their efficacy overtime.” Specifically, Ehrlich indicated that “every time you throw your sun glasses in a bag without its case you run the risk of damaging the lenses – even if the scratches aren’t visible to the naked eye.”

Keeping this wear-and-tear in mind, Ehrlich recommends that “patients replace their lenses every two years, assuming they wear sunglasses about two hours a day.”

Let’s be honest—you’ve had enough of the snow and are ready for the warmer weather.

So, it’s time to start thinking about what sunglasses will complete your look this spring/summer! Check out these fresh trends that are sure to elevate your everyday look in the eyes of friends and family.

Overall Trend Alert: Match Your Shades to Your Look-The runways highlight matching sunglasses, clothing, and accessories.

Trending Elements:
 
White Frames
 
Marble Frames dark or light hues.
 
Aviator Sunglasses-Update these classics with colorful, mirrored, ombre or clear lenses and/or double rimed or marble patterned acetate frame detailing.
 
Embellished Sunglasses-It’s your choice: flowers, crystals, studs, etc.
 
Oversized Sunglasses-Available in all shapes and colors.
 
Shapes: Round and Cat Eye
 
Nontraditional Colored Lenses
 
Dark, Opaque Lenses
 
Ombre Lenses
 
This season the trends make it easy to have fun with your look, while still protecting your vision.