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Thanks to correspondent Lauren Wanko, NJTV News, for continuing to shed light on the “Silent Thief of Sight,” during Glaucoma Awareness Month. Ralph G. Del Negro, D.O. was featured throughout Wanko’s glaucoma segment, which aired on NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams. Dr. Del Negro discussed glaucoma, prevention and early detection, the subtleties of the disease, and various treatment options. As Dr. Del Negro explained, there is no cure for glaucoma – so the emphasis is placed on early detection and adhering to a customized treatment plan.

Patient John McGlone discussed his experience with this disease personally with Wanko. He recounted how glaucoma affected his vision and how he’s determined to keep his condition stable by following Dr. Del Negro’s treatment plan.

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Thanks again to everyone who attended Dr. Glatman’s Diabetic Retinopathy seminar on Tuesday. A joint effort between Hackensack Meridian Health’s Community Resource Center in the Freehold Raceway Mall and a grant from the Mitchell-Vassar Bright Future Legacy made it possible for Dr. Glatman to promote the importance of being proactive regarding diabetes and diabetic retinopathy diagnosis in recognition of #NationalDiabetesAwarenessMonth.

After tallying up the Facebook and in-office votes, we have a winner: Mrs. Princess Pumpkin!

Her blue glitter, tiara, wings, mask, and wand easily won over the voters. The princess theme proved to be very popular, as this is the second time a princess claimed the winning spot. Congratulations to Tracy, who takes home the prize for all her hard work, and to everyone who participated in this year’s contest. Thanks for all your votes; we love seeing all the excitement surrounding the contest.

Happy Fall! Until next year…

Thanks to all the ladies who visited us during Girls Night Out Red Bank and to the Red Bank RiverCenter, which organized and promoted the evening. It was so great to be a part of this event for the first time. Thanks also to OceanFirst Bank, who so generously hosted us during the event, and to Gaetano’s for the delicious eggplant rollatini and penne alla vodka.

Sara Diaz was the lucky winner of the Tom Ford sunglass raffle. Congratulations, Sara. You picked the perfect style. Enjoy your new shades!

Be sure to check out The Eyewear Boutique at Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates for this season’s newest offerings.

Thursday, October 20, 5-9pm

Follow these 5 Steps to Take Advantage of All our Promotions:
1. Register: Everyone who registers for Girls Night Out either online at RedBank.org or on the day of the event is automatically entered to win our Grand Prize raffle. Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates is offering 50% OFF one pair of glasses or sunglasses.
*Cannot be combined with any other offer. Oakley and Maui Jim excluded.

2. Visit us at OceanFirst Bank to get a complimentary eyeglass/sunglass cleaning and receive your invitation for our exclusive promotions happening at The Eyewear Boutique. Simply head on over to 152 Broad Street, Suite 2 to join in on all the fun!

3. Check out our exclusive Tom Ford Trunk Show and enter to win a pair of Tom Ford Sunglasses.

4. BONUS GIVEAWAY: Get a FREE pair of Kate Spade Sunglasses if you are the lucky lady to receive the DSeye Golden Ticket in the winning Gift Bag.

5. Meet our staff, check out The Eyewear Boutique, and receive your Gift Bag with a voucher for 20% OFF the purchase of one pair of glasses or sunglasses as a special thank you for visiting.
*Cannot be combined with any other offer. Oakley and Maui Jim excluded.

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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.