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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.

Looking for a sleek, stylish frame to finish out 2015? We have the latest trends for you!

With fashion having a pattern of repetition, this year brought back eyeglass trends of the ’60s and ’70s! This means geek-chic acetates, luxurious cat eyes, vibrant patterns and colors, and very retro half rims!

Don’t be afraid to log into your studious side with a chic “geeky” bold frame, or live on the edge in a daring cherry red acetate! For a more traditional look, you can blend into a classic black or a neutral tortoise shell. If you’re looking for something that really pops, you can expand your options with printed materials such as wood grain & matte finishes – giving you a more contemporary look. Or, you can find your middle ground in a modernized half-rim. With so many patterns and styles to choose from, you may want to expand your wardrobe with multiple pairs to dress for each occasion. Just like a new pair of shoes, eyeglasses can change your look entirely! So why settle for just one?

Priscilla Del Pizzo has worked for Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates for the past 23 years. She started her career with Jose Pietri, M.D., before Dr. Del Negro purchased the practice in 1992. At that time, the office was located in another building, so she helped relocate the practice to our current location.

Last month, we had an opportunity to honor Priscilla with a retirement luncheon to recognize her for all she has contributed to our practice over the years. Her loyalty, dedication, hard work, and friendship truly made a mark on the practice, as well as our lives and the lives of our patients. She will always be an integral part of the Del Negro & Senft family. She is a fabulous storyteller and accomplished baker. Whether it be her famous chocolate cake or her Christmas cookies, we all give our stamp of approval.

Since the luncheon, Priscilla has been back to visit a few times, and we hope she continues to join us for lunch and coffee talk as much as she can manage to tear herself away from her adoring family. As she enjoys her retirement, we want to take this opportunity to thank her for her tireless service and wish her well on the next chapter of her life. She will truly be missed!

Oliver Peoples is a classic line of luxury eyewear that originated in Los Angeles more than 25 years ago. The brand continuously draws inspiration from iconic Hollywood tradition, as well as the beauty of great design, art and architecture. Each frame is meticulously crafted of the finest materials with strict attention to detail.

The 2015 collection embodies a mixture of sophistication and bohemian glamour. Each frame is effortlessly chic, and we cannot wait to style you in the lifestyle of the brand!

(Lookbook 2015)

Image via oliverpeoples.com