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Dr. Joseph Shovlin

Correcting Drooping Eyelids With Surgery

Drooping eyelids are a common problem usually associated with aging, but can be seen in younger people, too. As an eye doctor in Hamilton, NJ, I know the effects of time and gravity are the most common cause of drooping eyelids, but it’s important to know that more sinister neurologic conditions — such as myasthenia gravis or an aneurysm — could be to blame. In most cases involving neurological issues, drooping eyelids seem to appear overnight and may be associated with double vision and pain. In these cases, patients should be promptly evaluated and get medical or neurological treatment as soon as … Continue reading

What Causes Excessive Tearing?

Excess tearing can be a perpetual nuisance. The condition occurs when the amount of tears produced by the eye overwhelms the tear drainage mechanism. Even though tearing by itself never harms the eye, it can blur vision and produce discomfort in social situations. Our eye doctors in Hamilton, N.J. understand the problems caused by excessive tearing and can treat its causes. The tear film — a complex solution made up of mucous, salt water and oil — is essential for the health of the eye. There must be a balance between the tears produced and the tears drained. That balance is achieved … Continue reading

Lens Selection in Cataract Surgery

So you note symptoms of decreased vision and glare. Your ophthalmologist determines cataract surgery is required to improve your visual function. What additional information do you require to make an informed decision about your cataract surgery? As our Hamilton eye doctors can attest, cataract surgery has improved drastically over the past 3 decades. Two advancements have been the vanguard of this revolution:  small incision surgery and the refinement of the intraocular lens (IOL). Cataracts can now be removed using incisions less than one-tenth of an inch across. Surgical microscopes, a vibrating needle to break up the lens (phacoemulsification), and foldable … Continue reading

Dry, Irritated Eyes: Causes & Treatment Options

Over 25 million Americans suffer from dry, irritated eyes, making it the number-one complaint seen by eye doctors. Our Hamilton, New Jersey practice is no different. Symptom severity can vary from a mild intermittent nuisance to severe pain and loss of vision. Although the condition cannot be cured, advances in treatment options allow most symptoms to be brought under control, restoring comfort and preserving vision. If left untreated, dry eye progresses over time. How Dry Eye Happens The tear film is a complex solution made up of mucous, salt water and oil. It functions to protect the surface of the … Continue reading




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