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Cataracts and Steroids: Exploring the Connection

Steroids are a broad, versatile group of drugs that effectively reduce inflammation anywhere from the lungs to the skin. If you have asthma, COPD, or even seasonal allergies, you may rely on inhaled or oral steroids to keep you feeling your best. But a recent study links steroids to the development of cataracts, and it’s something that we want our cataract surgery patients here in New Jersey to be aware of. What the Study Found The study followed more than 3,600 adults over the course of a decade. The study found that the risk of cataract development was significantly elevated … Continue reading

Study Confirms Flomax® Link to Cataract Complications

Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective procedures available today, thanks to advances in surgical techniques. But a new study confirms the findings of earlier research: Men using Flomax to treat symptoms caused by enlarged prostate are 2 times more likely to experience complications during and immediately after cataract surgery. About 3 out of 4 men are diagnosed with an enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) by the time they reach age 70. Flomax is one of the most commonly prescribed medications used for treatment. Flomax works by relaxing the muscles in the prostate and the bladder. … 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

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




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