SJEA to Sponsor Healthy Kids Running Series

South Jersey Eye Associates is excited to be a sponsor of the Healthy Kids Running Series – Mullica Hill/Mantua, NJ.

This five-week running program for kids from Pre-K to 8th grade will be held at J. Mason Tomlin Elementary School on September 16, 23, 30, October 7, and 14. Start time is 5pm.
You do not have to live in Mullica Hill/Mantua to participate. Race lengths are 50 Yd dash – 1 Mile. At the end of the series, all children receive a medal. The cumulative top boys and girls in each age group receive a trophy!
Learn more:
http://www.healthykidsrunningseries.org/ra…/mullica-hill-nj/

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August is Children’s Vision & Learning Month

Many vision problems can be missed completely or misdiagnosed, due to the incomplete nature of in-school eye screenings. Children with undiagnosed vision problems are often unaware that what they see is abnormal, and that means they don’t know to ask for help. If your child’s vision isn’t all it can be, it can have negative consequences in the classroom.

At South Jersey Eye Associates we know just how precious your children’s eyesight is and provide comprehensive eye exams for children and teens in a caring, family-friendly setting.

Start the school year off right with a visit to SJEA.

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July is UV Safety Month

Before you buy your next summer shades, visit SJEA—because there’s more to sunglasses than looking good in them. You need quality lenses that protect your eyes from dangerous UV rays, which can cause cancers, cataracts, and irreversible macular degeneration. 

South Jersey Eyewear is serious about sunglasses.  Our prescription and nonprescription offerings provide 100 percent UV protection and block nearly 90 percent of annoying sun glare.  

Skilled opticians can recommend the right frame style, lens, and color for your facial features.  Plus, we’ll even perform a UV analysis of your current sunglasses.

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Fireworks Safety

As you partake in summer celebrations, SJEA and the Prevent Blindness America urge you to be aware of the risks associated with fireworks—especially now that certain fireworks are legal in NJ.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 9,000 fireworks-related injuries occur every year. A significant number of these injuries involve the eye—with the most common victim being children under the age of 15.

This year, as always, everyone at South Jersey Eye Associates encourages you to leave fireworks to the professionals and avoid marring your celebrations with a trip to the emergency room.

Dr. Wuzzardo Rides In American Cancer Society Bike-a-thon

South Jersey Eye Associates’ very own Dr. Brandon Wuzzardo, along with his girlfriend Kayla, will be riding in the American Cancer Society Philadelphia to Atlantic City Bike-a-thon on Sunday, June 10, 2018.

The American Cancer Society has contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the US since the early 1990s. That means they’ve helped save nearly 1.2 million lives during that time, thanks in part to people like you who make a donation. Consider donating today.

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June is Cataract Awareness Month. Take Action Today.

Cataracts are a leading cause of blindness among older adults in the United States and more than half of all Americans have cataracts by the time they are 80 years old.

The most common symptoms of a cataract include cloudy or blurry vision, colors seem faded, poor night vision, and double vision.

To delay a cataract, South Jersey Eye Associates recommends:

  • Wearing sunglasses and a hat with a brim to block ultraviolet rays from the sun.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year.
    Your doctor can check for signs of cataract and other age-related eye problems such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.

TAKE ACTION DURING CATARACT AWARENESS MONTH.
Schedule an eye exam, follow our lifestyle recommendations, and spread the word to your family, friends, and colleagues.

Early treatment may save your vision and theirs.

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May is Healthy Vision Month. Healthy Eyes Start With a Dilated Eye Exam

Getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam is one of the best things you can do to keep your eyes healthy. In this painless procedure, an eye care professional examines your eyes to look for common vision problems and eye diseases, many of which have no early warning signs.

Different from the basic eye exam one has to get for glasses or contact lenses, comprehensive dilated eye exams can help protect your sight by making sure you are seeing your best and detecting eye diseases in their early stages, before vision loss has occurred.

A comprehensive dilated eye exam includes the following:
Dilation—Drops are placed in your eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupils. Your eye care professional uses a special magnifying lens to examine your retina to look for signs of damage and other eye problems, such as diabetic retinopathy or age-related macular degeneration. A dilated eye exam also allows your doctor to check for damage to the optic nerve that occurs when a person has glaucoma. After the examination, your close-up vision may remain blurred for several hours.
Tonometry—This test helps to detect glaucoma by measuring eye pressure. Your eye care professional may direct a quick puff of air onto the eye, or gently apply a pressure-sensitive tip near or against the eye. Numbing drops may be applied to your eye for this test. Elevated pressure is a possible sign of glaucoma.
Visual field test—This test measures your side (peripheral) vision. It helps your eye care professional find out if you have lost side vision, a sign of glaucoma.
Visual acuity test—This eye chart test measures how well you see at various distances.

To learn more about comprehensive dilated eye exams, common vision problems, and eye disease, visit http://www.nei.nih.gov/healthyeyes, and schedule your comprehensive eye exam today.

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April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month at Prevent Blindness, Putting Focus on Special Visual Needs of Women

National Non-Profit Group Seeks to Educate Women on Ways to Protect Healthy Vision

CHICAGO (March 27, 2018) – In addition to the many differences between men and women, more women than men have eye disease. Eye diseases include age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and dry eye. Women also may have vision issues related to pregnancy and menopause. According to the Prevent Blindness study, The Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems, currently 63 percent of those that are blind and 62 percent of those that are visually impaired are women.

Prevent Blindness has designated April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month in an effort to educate women about these issues as well as provide recommendations on the best ways to take care of vision.

Women are also at higher risk for Dry Eye Disease, a condition where the eyes do not produce enough tears or enough quality tears to keep the eyes lubricated. Dry Eye is more prevalent in women in the menopausal and postmenopausal age group, due to the changes in balance of hormones. Women who are pregnant, or on certain types of birth control, may experience dry eye.

Symptoms of dry eye include:
• Feeling a burning or stinging in your eyes
• Feeling like there are particles in your eyes
• A gritty, sandy feeling in your eyes
• Itchiness
• Redness and inflammation of your eyes
• Stringy mucus in your eyes
• Extreme sensitivity, especially to cigarette smoke

Anyone experiencing these symptoms, or any other changes in vision, should consult an eyecare professional immediately. Vision loss can be significantly lessened when eye problems are detected and treated early. Prevent Blindness offers a free listing of financial assistance services in English and Spanish at:

https://www.preventblindness.org/vision-care-financial-assistance-information.

For the third consecutive year, OCuSOFT ® Inc., a privately-held eye and skin care company dedicated to innovation in eyelid hygiene and ocular health, will support April’s Women’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month with a donation to Prevent Blindness.

“We want to remind women of every age that the key to healthy vision in the future is taking care of the eyes today,” said Jeff Todd, incoming president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “Wearing the proper eye protection, quitting smoking, eating healthy foods, and talking to an eyecare professional about any vision changes or changes in medications, are just a few ways to help ensure a lifetime of healthy vision.”

For more information on women’s eye health, including fact sheets on eye diseases, and eye protection, please visit www.preventblindness.org, or call (800) 331-2020.

About Prevent Blindness

Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, certified vision screening and training, community and patient service programs and research. These services are made possible through the generous support of the American public. Together with a network of affiliates, Prevent Blindness is committed to eliminating preventable blindness in America. For more information, or to make a contribution to the sight-saving fund, call 1-800-331-2020. Or, visit us on the Web at preventblindness.org or facebook.com/preventblindness.

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April is National Women’s Eye Health & Safety Month

Women are more at risk for vision loss from eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. Hormonal changes, age, and smoking can endanger sight.

A comprehensive eye exam is the best way to ensure that your vision is healthy and to help keep it that way.

Schedule your appointment today with one of the caring doctors at SJEA. We look forward to seeing you!

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Spring Fling Eyewear Event for the Entire Family

Join Us! Thursday, April 5th, 1 pm – 6 pm

South Jersey Eye Associates is thinking Spring and celebrating with an eyewear event for the entire family. Join us on April 5th from 1pm-6pm for our Spring Fling. Check out the newest styles in eyewear. Enjoy the special savings being offered that day. Come see for yourself all that SJEA has to offer!