As you plan for a healthier new year, why not add this sight-saving exercise to your list of resolutions: Get a comprehensive dilated eye exam. It’s the only way to find out for sure whether you have glaucoma, one of the leading causes of blindness in America.
An eye disease that can rob you of your vision, glaucoma often comes with no early warning. No pain. No discomfort. No blurry vision. Nearly 3 million people have glaucoma, yet half don’t know they have it.
Glaucoma starts with a buildup of fluid that increases the pressure in your eye and can cause damage to the optic nerve, the bundle of nerve fibers that transfers visual images to your brain. Glaucoma first affects your peripheral, or side, vision. As the disease advances, more noticeable vision loss will occur, and if not controlled, the disease can lead to permanent vision loss and blindness.
Are you at higher risk for glaucoma? You could be if you:
• Are African American and age 40 or older
• Are over age 60, especially if you are Hispanic/Latino
• Have a family history of the disease
Everyone, especially those at higher risk, should make it a point to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam every year as recommended by your doctor here at South Jersey Eye Associates. Early detection and treatment are the best ways to control glaucoma.
This year, make a resolution for healthier vision. Make sure your eyes are healthy and you are seeing your best in the new year. Schedule a comprehensive dilated eye exam and encourage your friends and loved ones to do the same.
This message is provided with the support National Eye Health Education Program.
Aging is a process that brings about many opportunities and changes, from major transformations, such as becoming a grandparent or going back to school to simple lifestyle changes, such as starting a new exercise program. Don’t miss out on any of these opportunities. Take stock of your eye health to make sure your eyes are healthy and you are seeing your best.
While vision loss and blindness are not a normal part of aging, some vision changes such as losing focus, having trouble distinguishing between colors such as blue and black, and needing more light to see well are common. These changes can often be corrected with contact lenses or glasses and improved lighting.
People are also at higher risk for vision loss from certain eye diseases and conditions as they age, including the following:
- Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which gradually destroys the macula (the part of the eye that provides sharp, central vision)
- Cataract, a clouding of the lens in the eye
- Diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that damages blood vessels in the retina (the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye)
- Glaucoma, a group of diseases that can cause uid and pressure to build up in the eye and damage the optic nerve
- Low vision, a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by regular glasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery that interferes with the ability to perform everyday activities
- Dry eye, a condition that occurs when the eye does not produce tears properly or when tears evaporate too quickly
September is Healthy Aging® Month
For more information, visit www.nei.nih.gov/agingeye
A program of the National Institutes of Health
The South Jersey refractive eye surgeons at South Jersey Eye Associates can help with such specialized eye care problems as nearsightedness and farsightedness at their comprehensive eye care center. When you require preventive eye care, eye examinations, and eye treatment as well as help with other specific eye care issues, we are the vision eye care specialists in South Jersey for you.
Few South Jersey refractive eye surgeons can help with vision eye care as part of their comprehensive eye care center as well as the team at South Jersey Eye Associates. Our professionals can help vision eye care problems with a series of preventive eye care, eye examinations, and eye treatment. Our role as top vision eye care specialists in South Jersey is important to us.
When You Need South Jersey Refractive Eye Surgeons
For people who are nearsighted and need help with vision eye care, certain refractive surgery techniques will reduce the curvature of a cornea that is too steep so that the eye’s focusing power is lessened. Images that are focused in front of the retina, due to a longer eye or steep corneal curve, are pushed closer to or directly onto the retina following surgery.
The South Jersey refractive eye surgeons at South Jersey Eye Associates offer both assessments and rehabilitative services designed to help our patients recover independence lost due to vision impairment. We also help with vision eye care in relation to many eye issues.
Farsighted people with vision eye care problems will have refractive surgery procedures that achieve a steeper cornea to increase the eye’s focusing power. Images that are focused beyond the retina, due to a short eye or flat cornea, will be pulled closer to or directly onto the retina after surgery.
If you need medical support from South Jersey refractive eye surgeons as you are dealing with vision eye care problems, the comprehensive eye care center at South Jersey Eye Associates is where you should go. Count on our team of vision eye care specialists in South Jersey for your preventive eye care, eye examinations, and eye treatment.
On August 21, a total solar eclipse will touch the U.S. mainland for the first time since 1979, following a path that crosses the country from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Tens of millions of people who live within a 70-mile radius of its cross-country track will witness the eclipse in totality (the sun completely blocked by the moon) while millions of others outside of it will enjoy a partial eclipse. The American Optometric Association (AOA), America’s family eye doctors, is urging Americans to view the eclipse with proper eye protection to avoid any temporary or permanent eye damage from the sun.
“The eclipse is a rare moment that the whole country is able to share,” said Dr. Brandon Wuzzardo.
“As America’s primary eye health and vision care experts, doctors of optometry like ourselves are excited to help everyone enjoy it safely by protecting their eyes,” added Dr. Michael Feinstein.
To ensure spectators won’t miss the remarkable sight, the AOA is sharing a few tips for safe viewing:
- Get centered and enjoy the view. Within the path of totality, you can safely witness the two or more minutes when the moon completely covers the sun with the naked eye. Otherwise, your eyes should always be protected by verified viewing tools. Never look directly at the sun without eye protection, even briefly. Visit aas.org to access eclipse duration charts.
- Know your duration. Outside of the path of totality, always use solar filters. O.D.s want to reinforce that the only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters or other ISO-certified filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or handheld solar viewers. The AOA encourages ordering solar eclipse glasses in advance and recommends referring to the American Astronomical Society’s (AAS) site for a list of manufacturers.
- Be aware of harmful solar exposure. If you stare at the sun without protection, you may experience damage to your retina (the tissue at the back of your eye) called “solar retinopathy.” This damage can occur without any sensation of pain, since the retina does not have pain receptors. The injury can be temporary or permanent. Visit your local doctor of optometry immediately if an accident occurs.
- Visit your doctor of optometry. Check in with South Jersey Eye Associates at 856-455-5500 or visit southjerseyeye.com for information about safely viewing the eclipse. If you experience any problems with your eyes or vision after the eclipse, our office will be able to provide you with the medical care you need.
To access additional information and educational materials on the solar eclipse, visit aoa.org/2017eclipse.
The South Jersey Lasik eye surgery vision specialists at South Jersey Eye Associates will assist with Lasik Vision problems at their comprehensive eye care center. When you require preventive eye care, eye examinations and eye treatment as well as help with Lasik Vision, we are the Lasik Vision specialists in South Jersey for you.
Lasik (or Laser-Assisted in-SItu Keratomileusis), commonly referred to as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction, is a type of refractive surgery for the correction of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist who uses a laser or microkeratome to reshape the eye’s cornea to improve visual acuity. For most people, Lasik provides a long-lasting alternative to eyeglasses or contact lenses.
We Are South Jersey Lasik Eye Surgery Vision Specialists
Few South Jersey Lasik eye surgery vision specialists can help with Lasik Vision as part of their comprehensive eye care center as does the team at South Jersey Eye Associates. Our professionals often do resolve Lasik Vision problems with a series of preventive eye care, eye examinations and eye treatment. Our role as top Lasik Vision specialists in South Jersey is important to us.
If you need medical support from South Jersey Lasik Vision specialists as you are dealing with Lasik Vision problems, the comprehensive eye care center at South Jersey Eye Associates is where you should go. Our caring doctors and staff provide you and every member of your family with the very best in vision and eye healthcare in a friendly and comfortable environment. Our capabilities include sports vision, cataract care, disease treatment, Lasik and other forms of vision surgery.
The South Jersey refractive eye surgery performed at South Jersey Eye Associates comprehensive eye care center will assist you with serious eye problems. When you require preventive eye care, eye examinations and eye treatment as well as eye surgery, we are the eye specialists in New Jersey for you.
Refractive eye surgery is an eye surgery undertaken to decrease or eliminate dependency on glasses or contact lenses. This type of surgery employs various methods of surgical remodeling of the cornea or cataract surgery and uses lasers to reshape the curvature of the cornea.
See Us When You Need South Jersey Refractive Eye Surgery
Few offices performing South Jersey refractive eye surgery also work with a comprehensive eye care center as do the experienced professionals at South Jersey Eye Associates. Our team can help resolve eye problems with a series of preventive eye care, eye examinations and eye treatment. Our role as top eye specialists in New Jersey is important to us.
Our experienced optometrists and consulting ophthalmologists are dedicated to offering a comprehensive range of vision services, from routine vision exams to the latest proven advances in eye surgery. We provide surgical care and co-management—including LASIK and refractive procedures—for a broad variety of vision disorders, including cataracts and glaucoma.
If you need South Jersey refractive eye surgery as you are dealing with eye problems, the comprehensive eye care center at South Jersey Eye Associates is where you should go. Count on our team of eye specialists in New Jersey for your preventive eye care, eye examinations and eye treatment. We also are experts in eye surgery.
Good vision is also about being able to identify, make sense and react efficiently to of all you see. Poor visual performance can hurt your ability to work, read, learn and engage in your favorite recreational or sports activities.
On Sunday, June 11, 2017, South Jersey Eye Associates very own Dr. Brandon Wuzzardo and his girlfriend Kayla participated in the American Cancer Society Bike-a-thon, riding from Philadelphia to Atlantic City. Both are shown here, post-race, on the boards of AC. Congratulations Dr. Wuzzardo and Kayla on a job well done for such a worthy cause!
If you wish to donate to Dr. Wuzzardo’s team #StormtheHeavens, click here: