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Princeton Eye Group Re-Opening May 26, 2020

Dear Valued Patients,

In accordance with the State of NJ and our professional organization guidance, we are excited to begin offering elective surgery and office exams beginning Tuesday, May 26.  Please be aware that our schedules will be significantly limited, in order to provide the safest environment for your eye care.  Your understanding is greatly appreciated as we endeavor to take care of our most needy cases first.

If you had previously-scheduled surgery from March 20-May 25, our Surgical Coordinators will be contacting you to re-schedule your cancelled surgery.

If you have surgery scheduled for May 26 or later, you will be contacted to confirm or re-schedule your surgery.

For patients who require office exams, you may call our offices to schedule your exam and/or test.  Please understand that we expect a very high volume of calls, and may not be able to respond in a timely manner.  You may also submit your request through our website.

All patients (surgical or office) will be required to follow specific protocols before being treated.  These requirements will be posted on our website, as well as given to all patients who make an appointment.  Please see our website to understand the precautions and steps we are taking to ensure your safety, and the safety of our employees.  We look forward with hope for taking care of you soon.

All patients and staff are required to wear masks, and are checked for elevated temperatures and screening questions before entering the office.

All patients and staff are required to wear masks, and are checked for elevated temperatures and screening questions before entering the office.

All surfaces in contact with patients are sanitized after every patient. Other surfaces near staff and patients are wiped down at least hourly.

All surfaces in contact with patients are sanitized after every patient.  Other surfaces near staff and patients are wiped down at least hourly.

Patient appointments are limited, to allow for safe social distancing. Only patients are permitted in the office.

Patient appointments are limited, to allow for safe social distancing.  Only patients are permitted in the office.

Newly-installed plexiglass safety partitions in our offices.

Newly-installed plexiglass safety partitions in our offices.

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4/29/20 COVID-19 Situation Update

At the Princeton Eye Group, our patients’ health is our top priority. As we believe that maintaining ocular health is essential to ones’ well-being, we have taken several measures to keep you, our staff and our doctors safe.

  • All routine appointments are being rescheduled for a later date. Our staff will be in contact with you about the status of your upcoming appointment. We hope to begin seeing patients for routine eye exams soon.
  • Many of our Ophthalmologists and Optometrists are now offering a wide-range of Telehealth consultation options to help our patients be seen under appropriate circumstances. Please call our office to ask about scheduling a Telehealth appointment.
  • Currently, we are seeing patients in the office only for medically-necessary follow-up appointments and emergencies, including emergency contact lens patients.
  • Prior to any scheduled office appointment, all patients will receive a phone call. You will be asked a series of questions related to your health, to ensure that it is safe for you to attend your appointment.
  • All patients and employees will be screened prior to entering our office with health related questions and a non-contact temperature check.
  • All patients and employees are required to wear a mask at all times while in our offices.
  • In accordance with our Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan, we have taken several steps to practice safe social distancing in our offices. These include limiting the number of patients allowed in the waiting room, spacing out available seating, and rigorous cleaning. You may be asked to wait in your vehicle after checking in, and will be called when our team is ready to start your appointment.
  • Only patients are allowed inside the office. If you require an essential companion for mobility or communication purposes, please limit this to only one person.
  • We continue to practice rigorous environmental hygiene: disinfecting exam rooms and equipment between every patient, and other areas in our office on a frequent schedule. We have reduced our patient schedules in order to practice social distancing, and to ensure that our office hygiene is maintained at the highest level.

For patients in need of eye surgery (cataract, glaucoma, cornea, LASIK, and Oculoplastics):

Your continued patience is much appreciated. Currently we are not performing any elective eye surgery, as per current New Jersey state regulations. We are closely monitoring developments on a weekly basis, and have a robust safety protocol in place at our surgical centers. We will be scheduling patients in the office for surgery consultations and pre-surgery exams in the near future, in order to resume surgical care as soon as it is safely possible. Our team is keeping a database of patients who are in need of surgery, and we will be in contact with you as developments unfold in the coming weeks.

Most of all, we want you – our patients – to stay healthy. If you have any questions, please call our office staff for further assistance.

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3/27/20 Announcement – Telemedicine Consults

Dear Valued Patients,

Due to the extended coronavirus emergency, Princeton Eye Group doctors are offering patients telemedicine consults. We are using doxy.me for online video consultations. Please understand these are necessarily limited in scope, but many patients may benefit from these engagements.

All existing patients who have had their non-urgent exams cancelled will be offered the option for telemedicine consultation to discuss any ongoing eye care and concern. Any patient who calls with a new eye problem will be either offered an in office appointment or a telemedicine video consultation based on the appropriate screening. Your insurance information will be verified. Then you will be offered a date and window of time see the doctor, and you will be given a link to enter the virtual waiting room.

The following physicians are participating:

Richard Wong, MD
David Reynolds, MD
Anita Miedziak, MD
Samuel Liu, MD, PhD
John Epstein, MD
Suzanne Jadico, MD
Sarah Kuchar, MD
Peter Murr, MD

We hope that in this time of need, this service might be of value. Please stay safe, and follow all guidance from our health authorities.

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IMPORTANT COVID-19 Announcement as of 3/22/20

Upon guidance from the US CDC, the State of New Jersey and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, effective immediately, all routine eyecare appointments and elective surgical procedures are cancelled through April 15. Patients will be called at a later date to reschedule, once we are sure of re-opening for regular care. We will continue to evaluate our community situation, and will make updates on this website, our Facebook page, and on our phone system.

All intra-vitreal injection patients will continue to receive their scheduled treatments.

We are transitioning to a system of emergent and urgent eyecare only. Our phone system and website are active for these cases. Some of our doctors will offer tele-medicine options. We will evaluate each situation on an individual basis. All patients who are asked to come into the office will be required to accept the following:

1. You do not have a cough, fever or shortness of breath.
2. You have not knowingly been exposed to anyone with risk factors or symptoms for COVID-19.
3. Your temperature will be taken before entering the office and if you have an elevated temperature, or any of the above conditions, you will not be admitted into the office and will be referred to an appropriate specialist/hospital that can care for you.
4. Please wear a mask if you have one.

Thank you for understanding and abiding by our government’s and practice’s regulations. We hope to return to service all of our communities’ needs in the near future, but for now, please allow us to tend to the most urgent of eye issues.

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Princeton Eye Group Statement on Coronavirus Situation 3/13/2020

Dear Valued Patients,

As you are aware, the COVID-19 coronavirus infection is affecting our area. The health and well-being of our patients and staff are foremost on our minds. To that end, we have instituted several steps to safeguard our community while providing the highest quality ophthalmic care.

  1. We will follow all recommended guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and the State of New Jersey.
  2. When you make or confirm an appointment, you will be asked if you have any symptoms of illness, like runny nose, cough, fever, chills, aches or difficulty breathing. You will be asked if you have had any contact with a person who is being evaluated, or has had any potential symptoms of coronavirus, or has traveled to an area in the world or US that has had endemic spread of coronavirus. If so, you will be politely asked not to come to the office; your appointment will be re-scheduled to a time at least 14 days later.
  3. We ask that you respect and consider the well-being of your fellow neighbors, and our staff. Do NOT enter our offices if you have any of the symptoms above, even if you have a mask.
  4. If you have a true eye emergency (as determined by questioning of a clinical nurse or technician), and you have any of the above symptoms, we will try and make provisions for you to be evaluated as soon as possible. This may involve a referral to a facility that is equipped to handle all of your needs.
  5. We are actively and constantly sanitizing all of the equipment and surfaces that are most often handled. All of our employees are empowered to help in this matter. We have hand sanitizer stations throughout our offices that may be used by staff and patients. We have alcohol sanitizers in every room that our technicians and physicians use. You may notice that
    our doctors and staff will not shake hands, to minimize any potential physical spread.
  6. We are constantly monitoring the health and well-being of our doctors and employees. No employees, doctors or staff are allowed in the offices if they have any of the symptoms or risk factors listed above.
  7. We are currently maintaining our clinical and surgical schedules without disruption. Should events warrant any changes, notice will be posted on this website, and on our telephone system.

Thank you for being our valued patient, and for your understanding in these unsettled times.

 

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Phyllis Rakow Selected for the National Academy of Opticianry Hall of Fame

We are excited to announce that Princeton Eye Group’s very own Phyllis Rakow, COMT, is being recognized yet again for her outstanding contributions in her field of eye care.

The National Academy of Opticianry will be inducting her into their Hall of Fame at the upcoming Vision Expo East meeting this spring. Here’s a page from the NAO newsletter.

phyllis rakow NAO hall of fame

A well deserved honor. Congratulations Phyllis!

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Do you suffer from Keratoconus or Corneal Ectasia?

keratoconus

Anita Miedziak, M.D. of the Princeton Eye Group in Princeton has conducted years of clinical research trials to study the effectiveness of an innovative treatment to stop or slow the progression of Keratoconus and Corneal Ectasia. Dr. Miedziak is one, of only two, principal investigators in FDA cross-linking trials in New Jersey. She has vast experience in arresting the progression of Keratoconus and Corneal Ectasia and is now the only ophthalmologist in this area performing the procedure.

Princeton Eye Group has acquired the KXL by Avedro Inc. – the only FDA approved cross-linking system in the USA – and is the only area provider to offer this technology. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Miedziak, please call 609-924-9200.

What is Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a non-inflammatory eye condition in which the cornea progressively thins and weakens, altering its round dome shape to a cone-like bulge which can result in significant visual impairment.

What is Corneal Ectasia?

The term Corneal Ectasia refers to a group of conditions, including Keratoconus. In some cases, Corneal Ectasia can occur after a patient has undergone refractive surgery (LASIK or PRK), where irregular astigmatism has developed. In both instances, visual impairment can increase as the cornea continues to bulge.

Symptoms

Individuals in their late teens or early twenties may experience the first signs of Keratoconus. The condition may progress for 10-20 years before stabilizing or slowing down. Each eye may be affected differently. In the early stages of Keratoconus, people might experience:

  • Glare
  • Distortion of vision
  • Ghost images

What is Cross-Linking?

Corneal collagen cross-linking is a medical procedure that combines the use of ultra-violet (UV) light and riboflavin (vitamin B2) eye drops. Corneal cross-linking:

  • Arrests progressive stretching of the corneal collagen
  • Creates new corneal collagen cross-links
  • Results in a shortening and thickening of the collagen fibrils
  • Leads to the stiffening of the cornea

corneal collagen cross-linking

 

 

 

 

For more information on Collagen Cross-Linking using Avedro KXL system, please visit our Services page.

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Voluntary Recall of PeroxiClear 3% Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaning & Disinfecting Solution

 

peroxiclear-boxBausch + Lomb is conducting a voluntary recall, proposed Class II, of PeroxiClear® 3% Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaning & Disinfecting solution in the U.S. and Canada from retailers, wholesalers, and eye care professionals. PeroxiClear is a specialty contact lens solution with a special lens case and neutralizing disc and is indicated for soft and rigid gas permeable contact lenses.

The company chose to initiate this voluntary action based on internal testing that simulated normal product use. Over the course of the recommended 5 uses of the lens case, testing showed occasional occurrences where the residual peroxide remaining in the lens case after neutralization was above product specification.

Although the product impacted by this voluntary recall represents low risk to the consumer/patient and is unlikely to cause serious health consequences, the company is voluntarily recalling the product out of an abundance of caution. If the residual hydrogen peroxide is above product specification the user of the product could experience symptoms of burning/stinging, irritation, red eye and in rare circumstances other more serious health consequences. No other Bausch + Lomb products are affected by this voluntary recall.

The decision to conduct this voluntary recall is part of our ongoing commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. We are continuing our evaluation for PeroxiClear, and it is unlikely that we will be able to return the product to the marketplace within 12 months.

Product: PeroxiClear® 3% Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaning & Disinfecting Solution
Lot Numbers: All Lots
UPC Code (USA):

310119038154
310119039106
310119038161
310119038178
310119039083
310119097120

UPC Code (Canada): 010119039211
010119039228

 

 

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