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Spring Time Red Eyes: Allergies or Pink Eye?

Spring is officially here and that has many people hopeful warm weather will arrive soon. But often times the change in weather brings on those red, puffy, itchy eyes. Is it Pink Eye or is it Allergies? Pink eye and allergies can come on with similar symptoms and it is important to be able to […]

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How do you know if you have a cataract?

Most people have heard the term cataract before, but few really understand exactly what it is. For you wordsmiths out there, yes, a cataract can also mean a waterfall or a floodgate. It’s derived from Greek, yet it morphed its way into our lexicon to mean a barrier to light entering the eye. A cataract […]

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Understanding Astigmatism

In Optometry school, our professors warned us about the challenge of trying to explain astigmatism to the general public. They said, “Keep it simple – tell them their eye is shaped like a football.” While that is generally true, some people may want to know a little more. Astigmatism (not a stigmatism) is an optical […]

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Dry Eye and What You Can Do To Help

Struggling with Dry Eyes? Aside from seeing your optometric physician and following his or her care plan, there are plenty of things you can do to help your progress: Turn off ceiling fans and point vents away from your face in the car or bedroom. Use a room humidifier in your bedroom with the door […]

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Girl Scout Activities for Save Your Vision Month in March

March is “National Save Your Vision Month” and now Girl Scouts in New Jersey can earn a Patch while focusing on eye healthand good vision practices. Interested in earning a Vision Awareness Patch? Check out what you need to do below: 1. The first requirement is to visit an Optometrist’s office (You can find one […]

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Dry Eye Disease can be a Symptom of Sjogren’s Syndrome

What Is Sjögren’s Syndrome? Sjögren’s (SHOW-griens) syndrome is a systemic autoimmune disease that affects the entire body. It most often causes severe dryness in the mouth, skin and eyes.  Sjögren’s syndrome can affect other parts of the body, including the  joints, lungs, kidneys, blood vessels, digestive organs, and nerves. Who Gets Sjögren’s Syndrome? With upwards […]

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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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