Eye Care & Surgery Center NJ Bladeless LASIK Laser Cataract Surgeon Blog

Eye Care & Surgery Center NJ Bladeless LASIK Laser Cataract Surgeon Blog

Monday, March 23, 2020

Dry Eye Disease & Migraine Headaches


What do migraine headaches have to do with dry eye disease? As it turns out researchers reporting on a large population based study in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology found that the odds of having dry eye disease with a diagnosis of migraine headaches was at least 20% higher than that of individuals without a diagnosis of migraine headaches. They also concluded that while this association does not reflect a cause and effect relationship it does identify a risk factor that suggests we shouldn’t overlook dry eye disease in patients complaining of migraine headaches.

If you or someone you know suffers from migraine headaches, you should be evaluated for dry eye disease during an eye exam. Learn more when you schedule an eye exam at The Eye Care & Surgery Center at 908-789-8999, visit The Eye Care & Surgery Center, or facebook.com/eyecareandsurgerycenter to schedule an appointment.

The Eye Care & Surgery Center is an affiliate of Prism Vision Group and is located at 592 Springfield Avenue, Westfield, New Jersey 07090, 10 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, New Jersey 07059 and 517 Route One South, Suite 1100, Iselin, New Jersey 08830, and is conveniently located for patients from throughout central and northern New Jersey.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Vision Problems & Senior Falling Risk


Did you know that falling is a substantial cause of many problems for seniors? Further, fear of falling (FoF) and activity limitation and restricted mobility due to FoF are also more common in older adults with vision impairment (VI) and are associated with declines in health related quality of life and independence. Vision impairment (VI) and blindness affect 1 in 11 Americans aged 65 and older in the United States. Because of the aging of the population, the number of older adults with VI is predicted to increase through at least 2050. VI is associated with lack of independence, a poor sense of well being, and risk of falls. In a given year, approximately one third of adults aged 65 and older will fall and VI more than doubles this risk. Thus the importance of regular eye exams to detect, diagnose, prevent and treat common senior eye problems such as cataract, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic eye problems cannot be stressed enough!

Please schedule regular senior eye exams at The Eye Care & Surgery Center at 908-789-8999, visit The Eye Care & Surgery Center, or facebook.com/eyecareandsurgerycenter to schedule an appointment.

The Eye Care & Surgery Center is an affiliate of Prism Vision Group and is located at 592 Springfield Avenue, Westfield, New Jersey 07090, 10 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, New Jersey 07059 and 517 Route One South, Suite 1100, Iselin, New Jersey 08830, and is conveniently located for patients from throughout central and northern New Jersey.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Facial Rejuvenation for My Daughter’s Wedding


"I had the most wonderful experience at the Eye Care & Surgery Center with Dr. Chelnis who is a cosmetic eye and facial plastic surgeon. My daughter is getting married in December and I wanted to freshen myself up without looking overdone. I traveled from Philadelphia after doing some research for the perfect doctor. I learned of his expertise and made an appointment for a consult.  I knew immediately he was taking my concerns seriously.  He ultimately came up with the perfect solution.  Not only am I so happy with the results of the fillers he did in my lips and cheeks, but also the BOTOX in my forehead. Dr. Chelnis and his assistant Dawn kept me entertained throughout the entire visit. Their personalities and sense of humor made me feel like I was out with friends the entire time. I could not be happier and I love the results, it took years off of my face, I am totally ready for the wedding.  I cannot wait to see them again.  I highly recommend Dr. Chelnis as his recommendations were spot on."
Denise R.

Melissa Shares Her LASIK Experience


“One of the best decisions that have ever done was getting LASIK with Dr. Joel Confino. Pre-procedure, I was 28 years old at the time, nearsighted and had been wearing glasses/contacts since middle school. I was always curious and wanted to see if I even qualified for LASIK or any eye corrective procedure. I had so many questions so I scheduled a free consultation at The Eye Care & Surgery Center in the Westfield location. On the day of the consultation, I spent approximately 2 hours at the office where I underwent extensive tests (tear production test etc.) – nothing was painful but my eyes were dilated for the rest of the day (approximately 10 hours so make sure you wear sun glasses if you plan on being outdoors). My procedure was done a month later in the late evening (7 PM). In total, the procedure took 20 minutes from start to finish. They do procedures in the evening so you can go to work the same day (and not miss any days). I drove myself to my follow up appointment the next morning. My only regret was not getting this done sooner! Today, I have 20/20 vision! The staff was very professional, pleasant, and informative especially Jerette Lerner who is the Director of the Surgical Program. The staff goes above and beyond to make their patients comfortable. Thank you for all that you do!"
Best,
Melissa P.

If you or someone you know is tired of the hassle of glasses or contact lenses for seeing at distance and would like to find out if LASIK might be a good vision correction option, please call The Eye Care & Surgery Center at 908-789-8999, visit The Eye Care & Surgery Center, or facebook.com/eyecareandsurgerycenter to schedule an appointment.

The Eye Care & Surgery Center is an affiliate of Prism Vision Group and is located at 592 Springfield Avenue, Westfield, New Jersey 07090, 10 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, New Jersey 07059 and 517 Route One South, Suite 1100, Iselin, New Jersey 08830, and is conveniently located for patients from throughout central and northern New Jersey.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Eye Exams & Diagnosing Alzheimer’s


Could An Eye Doctor Diagnose Alzheimer’s Before You Have Symptoms?
A recent study published by Duke University researchers in the journal Retina suggests that an observed loss of blood vessels in retina may reflect changes in brain health and could signal Alzheimer’s disease. In people with healthy brains, microscopic blood vessels form a dense web at the back of the eye inside the retina. In the eyes of people with Alzheimer’s disease, that web was less dense and even sparse in places. The differences in density were statistically significant after researchers controlled for factors including age, sex, and level of education. The study measured blood vessels that can’t be seen during a regular eye exam using noninvasive technology that takes high-resolution images of very small blood vessels within the retina in just a few minutes, called Optical Coherence Tomography-Angiography (OCT-A). They concluded that it’s possible that these changes in blood vessel density in the retina could mirror what’s going on in the tiny blood vessels in the brain, perhaps before we are able to detect any changes in cognition. 

With nearly 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and no viable treatments or noninvasive tools for early diagnosis, its burden on families and the economy is heavy. Scientists at have studied other changes in the retina that could signal trouble upstream in the brain, such as thinning of some of the retinal nerve layers. The goal would be to use this technology to detect Alzheimer’s early, before symptoms of memory loss are evident, and be able to monitor these changes over time in participants of clinical trials studying new Alzheimer’s treatments.

Please mention any concerns you have about Alzheimer’s during your regular eye exam. To learn more about new technology and examination techniques we are using, please just ask us at your scheduled appointment. Please be sure to schedule an eye exam at The Eye Care & Surgery Center at 908-789-8999, visit The Eye Care & Surgery Center, or facebook.com/eyecareandsurgerycenter to schedule an appointment.

The Eye Care & Surgery Center is an affiliate of Prism Vision Group and is located at 592 Springfield Avenue, Westfield, New Jersey 07090, 10 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, New Jersey 07059 and 517 Route One South, Suite 1100, Iselin, New Jersey 08830, and is conveniently located for patients from throughout central and northern New Jersey.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Heavy Smoking and Vision Loss


Researchers at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care reported findings of a study in Psychiatry Research demonstrating that smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day can damage your vision. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 34.3 million adults in the US currently smoke cigarettes and that more than 16 million live with a smoking-related disease, many of which affect the cardiovascular system. Cigarette smoke consists of numerous neurotoxic compounds that are harmful to health. These neurotoxic chemicals are believed to result in nerve damage to the optic nerve and retinal nerve fiber layer resulting in a loss of color vision and contrast sensitivity. This damage is in addition to the known harmful effects of smoking which doubles the risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and hastens the yellowing of the crystalline lens of the eye where cataracts form.

If you or someone you know is a smoker-now is the time to quit! To learn more about eye health and smoking schedule an eye exam at The Eye Care & Surgery Center at 908-789-8999, visit The Eye Care & Surgery Center, or facebook.com/eyecareandsurgerycenter to schedule an appointment.

The Eye Care & Surgery Center is an affiliate of Prism Vision Group and is located at 592 Springfield Avenue, Westfield, New Jersey 07090, 10 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, New Jersey 07059 and 517 Route One South, Suite 1100, Iselin, New Jersey 08830, and is conveniently located for patients from throughout central and northern New Jersey.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Deep Learning & Macular Degeneration Risk Assessment


Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in seniors. Aging is the greatest risk factor! In its most advanced stages, it can deprive an individual of his or her ability to perform basic activities such as reading, recognizing faces, and driving. Approximately 11 million individuals are affected with AMD in the United States (U.S.) alone and the prevalence of AMD in the U.S. is anticipated to increase to 22 million by the year 2050.

Early detection and treatment is critical in helping patients avoid vision loss from AMD. Recently researchers reported interesting results in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology regarding how “deep learning” (DL) or artificial intelligence (AI) might be a useful addition to the physician in the examination and monitoring process for patients at risk for AMD and its progression. Their findings suggest that using DL to grade and monitor AMD is comparable to experienced humans for estimating 5-year risk of progression to advanced AMD. This could be very helpful in assisting physicians in having a detailed risk assessment in the long term care of AMD patient.

If you want to learn more about your risk of age related macular degeneration (AMD), schedule an eye exam at The Eye Care & Surgery Center at 908-789-8999, visit The Eye Care & Surgery Center, or facebook.com/eyecareandsurgerycenter to schedule an appointment.

The Eye Care & Surgery Center is an affiliate of Prism Vision Group and is located at 592 Springfield Avenue, Westfield, New Jersey 07090, 10 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, New Jersey 07059 and 517 Route One South, Suite 1100, Iselin, New Jersey 08830, and is conveniently located for patients from throughout central and northern New Jersey.