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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.

Thank you to The Riverview Seniors group of Brielle for inviting Dr. Del Negro to present his talk, Eyes on Africa. It was a considerable turn out with impressive audience participation. We were delighted to spend the afternoon with this very active group.

Throughout his presentation, Dr. Del Negro wove an intricate story of his family’s once-in-a-lifetime journey through Upper and Lower Zambia. He detailed their exploration through the Zambesi River on boat and canoe and shared fantastic descriptions of the countless creatures of both land and water that they were lucky enough to encounter. In addition, Dr. Del Negro shared unique vision facts specific to various animals and how those remarkable characteristics aid in their daily survival.

Dr. Del Negro highlighted the beauty of the land as well as the powerful, elegant, indigenous creatures he and his family saw along the way – all of which left an indelible imprint on their lives.

Lisa, a seeing eye dog in training from The Seeing Eye.

 

Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates had the pleasure of participating in the Mitchell Vassar Vision Awareness Day at Addison Park on Wednesday night. We enjoyed meeting all attendees and answering eye care questions, as well as providing educational material. The evening, which was grounded in a message of hope and overcoming adversity, was organized by Meridian Health and made possible by the Mitchell-Vassar Bright Future Legacy.

Thanks to the Mitchell-Vassar gift, we have been able to meet and educate many people throughout the community through programs that promote vision education and awareness.

The first speaker, Dr. Stacy Doumas, stressed healthy living and described treatments for coping with stress that escalates beyond what we normally face on a regular basis during her talk, “Triumphing Over Adversity.” Recognizing the signs and having a strong medical and emotional support system is the ideal way to treat anxiety and/or depression.

The keynote address was a true inspiration. Molly Burke proudly stated that she wouldn’t change the fact that she went blind from Retinitis Pigmentosa, because it truly shaped the person she has become. Her perky spirit could not gloss over the emotional darkness she overcame to eventually see the hope born out of that struggle. Standing on the podium next to her guide dog, Gallop, she eagerly revealed her personal struggles – first, she recounted that around the age of 13 or 14, she found herself on the losing end of vicious attacks from bullies in school right around the time she lost her sight forever; then, again at 28, when she injured herself at a sound check during one of her events, which sadly coincided with the sudden death of her best friend and original guide dog, Gipsy. These extreme events did not define her; rather, the way that she overcame her adversity is a true testament to her hopeful spirit. She detailed the difficult mental struggle that led her to help others in the community: “I took my voice back from the non-believers – taken from bullies and mental illness.” In closing, she urged the audience to “invite support in” because “there’s strength in asking for help.” A truly poignant message from someone who rose from a “dark hole” to become the successful motivational speaker she is today.

Throughout the evening the room was anchored by 20 resource participants who shared information about service, support and treatment options to improve the overall quality of life for those who are in need of such services.

Decreased vision may compromise your lifestyle. When it comes to cataracts, Drs. Del Negro, Senft, and Glatman can restore your vision and, oftentimes, give you more freedom from glasses and contact lenses.

The changes that come hand-in-hand with cataracts develop slowly over time, gradually affecting your normal daily activities. If that sounds familiar, ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I having difficulty driving at night?
  • Does my vision seem blurred or dim? Things just not clear?
  • Have my eyes become more sensitive to light and glare?
  • Do I need brighter light for reading? Is smaller print more difficult?
  • Do I have trouble seeing the writing on the TV?
  • Do I have more difficulty differentiating shades of colors?

If your answers reveal that you are concerned with your current quality of vision, feel free to contact us at 732-774-5566 to schedule a Cataract Evaluation.