South Jersey Eye Associates | Eyecare & Eyewear
South Jersey Eye Associates | Eyecare & Eyewear

High Risk for Eye Cancer

The National Cancer Institute states that exposure to strong sunlight, particularly in early childhood, may increase the risk of intraocular malignant melanoma (eye cancer). This disease affects about 2,000 people each year and can be fatal if left untreated.

Being born in the south, having blue eyes, indulging in sun bathing and not wearing sunglasses all appear to increase the risk. Being born in the south increases the risk three-fold. Blue-eyed people had the highest risk. Brown-eyed people were 60% less likely to develop the disease.

Some practical advice: Always shield your youngster’s eyes from the sun with hat or sunglasses. By filtering out the ultra-violet light rays, they also help prevent night blindness. As we get older, the crystalline lens of the eye helps in filtering out these harmful rays. Heed the advice of these experts and avoid undue exposure to sunlight unless you have adequate eye protection.

COVID-19 Operational ChangesSouth Jersey Eye Associates Now Offers Virtual Eyecare Visits

In our evolving response to the coronavirus pandemic, South Jersey Eye Associates is now offering Virtual Eyecare* visits during this period of crisis.

Should you be experiencing an ocular emergency or a problem with your vision, please log in to be seen.

Virtual appointments are available between 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. If you are not connected within 15 minutes, please call 856-455-5500.

Virtual Eyecare* is not intended for inquiries regarding contact lens orders, eyeglasses, or payments. These inquiries can be addressed by calling 856-455-5500 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

*This service will be billed to your medical insurance.