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February is Age Related Macular Degeneration + Low Vision Awareness Month

Did you know that age related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in people over age 50? The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention estimated 1.8 million people have AMD in another 7.3 million are at substantial risk for vision loss from AMD. It occurs mostly in caucasians, women more so […]

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The Eyes are the Window to the Heart

February is American Heart Month Did you know that 1 out of 4 deaths in America per year are associated with heart disease? Did you also know that nearly 80% of heart attacks and strokes are preventable? Conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity can lead to cardiovascular disease such congestive heart failure […]

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Dr. Maria Richman (far right) with the NJSOP staff at the Breast Cancer 3-day walk in 2009

The Optometrist’s Role in Breast Cancer Treatment & Management

October is breast cancer awareness month. Women with a history of breast cancer are routinely checked with mammograms and ultrasounds but they should also routinely visit their optometrist. Breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women. The incidence of breast cancer is increasing especially in developed world. It is classified as the second most […]

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Majority of Teens with Contact Lenses Are Using Them Improperly

Today marks the beginning of the CDC’s Contact Lens Health Week and they’ve provided some interesting facts about teenagers’ use of contact lenses. According to the CDC’s survey, 85 percent of teens with contact lenses use them improperly which increases the risk of serious eye infections†. The survey shows teens are “sleeping, napping, or swimming […]

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Happy Solar Eclipse Day!

The last total solar eclipse (following a path similar to today’s) occurred on June 8, 1918 which is why so many people are excited to witness this afternoon’s rare astronomical event. Remember to keep yourself and your family safe while viewing. Here are some helpful articles and tips to help you prepare and answer any questions […]

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Seeing Is A Gift: Think About Your Eyes Releases New Commercials

Think About Your Eyes ( a national public awareness campaign presented by The Vision Council and The American Optometric Association, has released several new advertisements showcasing the gift of sight and asking consumers what are you doing to protect it? Take a look at the ads below, or check them out during the August 8 airing […]

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Back-to-school Eye Exams

It’s August and a lot of kids are gearing up to head back to school and some have already started. Sending kids into the classroom with the right tools is a priority for parents, many have even made it a tradition involving a family trip to the nearest Staples to load up. But there’s one tool that can’t be […]

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Governor Christie Proclaims August 2017 as Children's Vision & Learning Month. Click to view the proclamation.

Children’s Vision & Learning Month 2017

Governor Chris Christie has once again proclaimed August as Children’s Vision & Learning Month in NewJersey; a time when awareness is brought to the important relationship between healthy eyes and the ability to learn and thrive in school. Earlier this week, the Miami Herald reported on a recent study that found “more than 174,000 U.S. […]

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World Glaucoma Week

This week is World Glaucoma Week! Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders that if left untreated cause damage to the optic nerve resulting in permanent loss of vision. Generally glaucoma damage is cause by fluids inside the eye causing intraocular pressure to increase to a higher than the particular optic nerve can tolerate. Glaucoma […]

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Put Your Digital Devices to Bed Early: Optometrists Caution Overexposure to Blue Light May Cause Health Issues

The American Optometric Association’s (AOA) 2016 American Eye-Q® survey revealed that 88 percent of Americans know that digital devices can negatively affect their vision, but the average American still spends seven or more hours per day looking at their screens. This overexposure to blue light – high-energy visible light emitted from digital devices – can […]

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