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What Is a Refraction?

Also called a “vision test,” a refraction is given as part of a routine eye examination in our Princeton-area ophthalmology practice. This test allows your eye doctor to determine the best prescription lens for your eyeglasses and contact lenses. A value of 20/20 is considered optimum, or “perfect” vision. When performing a refraction, your eye care professional uses an instrument called a phoropter, which resembles an oversized pair of glasses. As an individual gazes through the phoropter, the doctor flips different lenses in front of their eyes until the patient chooses the correct combination of lenses. The refraction is best … Continue reading

Ortho-K: A Unique Vision Correction Option

Here at our Princeton ophthalmology group, we’re pleased to offer a better way to treat a common visual condition. Orthokeratology, or Ortho-K, corrects an individual’s vision with the use of custom contact lenses while the patient sleeps. The contact lenses are made of a rigid, gas-permeable (hard) material. Due to their unique curvature, they can reshape the corneas overnight. Optimum vision is usually achieved after 1 to 2 weeks of wearing the contact lenses each night. Continued wear maintains excellent vision throughout the day without the need for glasses or soft contact lenses. Studies have proven that this is a … 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

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

The Aging Eye Talk

Learn about the most common things that affect your eyes and your vision as you gracefully navigate through your senior years. Dr. Colleen Coleman, a board certified Ophthalmologist and Glaucoma specialist at Outlook Eyecare will touch on dry eye, refractive cataract surgery, macular degeneration prevention, and glaucoma prevention. The Aging Eye Talk Presented by Dr. Colleen Coleman Two Opportunities: When: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 3 to 4 p.m. Where: Lawrenceville Library, 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ When: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 2 to 3 p.m. Where: Hopewell Branch Library, 245 Pennington-Titusville Road, Pennington NJ Registration suggested. To register, … Continue reading

Digital Eye Strain: Causes, Effects, and Prevention Strategies

In this day and age, it seems we are surrounded by digital screens that vie for our attention constantly. And for most of us, they are hard to resist because they have become affordable, accessible, and portable. Think TVs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Together, they’re a major factor in ocular health for the Princeton patients who visit our optometrists and eye care professionals. As a society, we have become hungry for information — be it useful or mostly irrelevant. Other than reading e-books, this also means extended viewing of our emails, the latest YouTube videos, or our friends’ posts on … Continue reading

Fireworks Safety Tips: Prevent Eye Injuries This Fourth of July

Children waving sparklers on the 4th of July is as American as apple pie and baseball. Few of us know, however, that those small wands shooting out sparks sizzle at temperatures of up to 2,000 degrees and, along with other fireworks, cause thousands of eye injuries each year. Watching fireworks with family and friends on Independence Day is a time-honored tradition, but the reality is that eye injuries caused by fireworks have doubled in recent years, resulting in about 1,200 visits to emergency rooms across the nation in 2014. Outlook Eyecare, with eye doctors in Hamilton Township, Princeton, and Mercerville, … Continue reading

Say ‘Goodbye’ to Dry Eye

Dry eye syndrome is one of the most common conditions eye doctors treat on a daily basis, both here in the Hamilton and Princeton, NJ area and nationwide. It is a very common disorder, affecting approximately 30% of the population. Tears adhere to the surface of our eyes in order to protect and keep them moist. Dry eye is the result of either decreased tear production or increased tear evaporation. There are multiple risk factors for dry eye. I find that environment plays one of the largest roles. Cold, dry winters, heaters and air conditioners, smoke, and dust are some … Continue reading




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