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Cataracts and Hormone Replacement Therapy Linked?

Most women approaching menopause begin thinking about hormone therapy to mitigate the most common symptoms that accompany “the change,” which can range from uncomfortable hot flashes to more serious conditions like osteoporosis. When women begin to look into hormone therapy, though, questions about the treatment’s potential risks emerge, which a clinical trial identified several years ago. Those health risks include heart disease, stroke, and even breast cancer. Our eye doctors in the Hamilton Township and Princeton, N.J. areas say you can add cataracts to that list. A study of more than 30,000 postmenopausal women in Sweden found that using hormone … 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

iStent: A Breakthrough in Glaucoma Treatment

Glaucoma is a disease that causes damage to the eye’s optic nerve because of a fluid buildup inside the eye. Damage to the optic nerve can slowly lead to loss of vision and blindness. Unfortunately, there is nothing a patient with glaucoma can do on their own to prevent their eye pressure from rising. While there is no cure for glaucoma, there are many different treatment options that help prevent the loss of eyesight caused by high eye pressure. These treatment options include eye drops, oral medications, lasers, and surgeries. It has been a goal to develop methods to lower eye … 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

3 Important Facts to Know About Cataracts

June is Cataract Awareness Month, an observance created by the American Academy of Ophthalmology to raise awareness of this important eye health issue. At Outlook Eyecare, we see this as an opportune time to educate you about this very common condition. Our eye doctors in Princeton treat patients from surrounding cities like Hamilton Township and other central New Jersey communities, but because it is such a widespread concern, we feel everyone can benefit from learning more about cataracts. Cataracts occur as we age and the eye’s natural lens thickens and becomes cloudy. They are the main cause of vision loss for men … 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

Flashing Lights & Floating Spots: What Do They Mean?

At some point in our lives, almost all of us experience at least some degree of floaters or flashing lights in our vision. As eye doctors, we tend to get questions about them often from our Hamilton and Princeton, NJ patients. There are various causes for these phenomena, and I will try to shed some light on this topic. First I will start with flashes and floaters caused by problems within the eye and retina. The inside of our eye contains a jelly called the vitreous. For most of us, there is debris within this jelly.  When light enters the … Continue reading

The Importance of Wearing Sunglasses All Year Long

Did you know the winter sun sits lower in the sky and at a different angle compared to warmer seasons? Did you also know that the sun’s lower position causes more ultra-violet (UV) exposure to Earth’s surface? Don’t be fooled when you feel less heat from that winter sun. Research shows that UV rays can be damaging to various layers of the eye and can contribute to various eye diseases. Plus, wearing sunglasses all year long keeps your eyes from drying out and prevents windblown particles that can cause corneal abrasions. Those trendy sunglasses you bought in the summer are … Continue reading

How to Protect Your Eyes & Still Enjoy the Sun

It’s summer, and everyone is looking forward to those hard-earned vacation days spent at the shore or at some exotic beach in the Caribbean. It is the season of travel, outdoor sports, and family picnics. These activities, while fun, can leave us exposed to direct sunlight for longer periods of time, and we have to exercise some caution so we can diminish its adverse effects on our health. Most of us are familiar with sun exposure’s detrimental effects on the skin and the increased risk of melanoma, so as an eye doctor, I’d like to focus instead on how such … Continue reading

Diabetes and Your Eye Doctor

According to www.diabetes.org, recent data has shown that 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, and about 86 million are showing signs of pre-diabetes. With so many sufferers, our team of eye doctors in the Princeton and Hamilton, NJ areas see a lot of patients for diabetes-related eye care. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which an individual has increased levels of blood glucose, or sugar. The pancreas is the vital organ that is responsible for producing the hormone insulin, which converts sugar into energy for the body. Blood sugar levels increase in the absence of insulin or when the body … Continue reading

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