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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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5th PEG Cares Day

On Sat. March 7, 2020, we held our 5th “PEG Cares” Day. This is an ongoing charity program of Princeton Eye Group doctors and employees giving back to the community that we serve. Underserved patients, who are selected and scheduled by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Clinic at the U Penn/ Princeton Medical Center, are seen free-of-charge for their eye conditions. If required, patients are also offered highly discounted glasses through the Optical Shoppe. Dr. Peter Murr was the volunteer physician today. A big thank you to our staff members who volunteered their own time and effort to make today another success: Agnes, Randi, Katie S, Naya, Melissa, Jody, and Parul. Thanks for all you do for our patients!

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Princeton Eye Group “All Stars” in a Benefit Concert

The Princeton Eye Group held a fantastic benefit concert on November 12, 2019, raising over $23,000 for Dr. John Cropsey and Kibuye Hope Eye Hospital in Burundi, Africa. As part of that of that concert, we utilized talent directly from our office, The Princeton Eye Group “All Stars”.

The band included:

  • Lead and Background Vocals: Katelyn Malik (technician)
  • Lead and Background Vocals: John Kelly (call center)
  • Background Vocals: Madeline Epstein (Dr. Epstein’s daughter)
  • Piano: Dr. Michael Wong (ophthalmologist)
  • Bass: Sam Morgenstern (emeritus head of our optical shop)
  • Acoustic and Electric Guitar: Dr. John Epstein (ophthalmologist and also member of Project One)
  • Electric Guitar and Keyboards: Justin Epstein (Dr. Epstein’s son)
  • Drums: John Ferrigno (special guest from Project One)

At the show, the original band from Hightstown, Project One also played a set and the headliner of the night was world renowned recording artist, Jill Sobule. To see more videos as they become available, subscribe to the Project One Youtube page.

For more information about Kibuye Hope Eye Hospital of to donate, visit: https;//give.serge.org/p-765-hope-africa-eye-care-intl-referral-center.aspx. The Kibuye Hope project is a teaching hospital in one of the poorest and most densely populated countries in the world, Burundi, Africa. Funds raised will be used to help create a sustainable eye surgery training program in the country of roughly 15 million people. “Our needs to expand access to care are so great and pressing,” reports John Cropsey, MD, who was dedicated his life to the cause. “Every day is a fight for survival. The average life expectancy for someone with a cataract is only 5 years here. Their ‘disease’ can be permanently cured with a $50 operation. We’re not just saving vision here, we’re saving lives.”

Dr. Cropsey trained at Wills Eyes Hospital in Philadelphia and, along with his wife and 3 kids, has been living and working in Africa since finishing his residency in 2009. All donations support his incredible work in this impoverished but vibrant nation.

  • Videographers: Jesse Russinski, John Guarino, Rishabh Kancherla, Morgan Cowperthwaite
  • IV Video edited by Dr. John Epstein

Corporate sponsors/donors for the event included: Princeton Eye Group, Hugh Miller, Wills Eye Foundation, Easton Shopping Center, Eye Point Pharma, Glaukos, Leigh Visual Imaging Solutions, 94.5 WPST

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Help provide the gift of sight to those in need in Burundi

Help The Princeton Eye Group raise funds for the Kibuye Hope Project! A new line of adult and children’s clothing is available on Etsy, and a percentage of sales will be donated to the Kibuye Project. Clothing can be purchased at http://etsy.me/2DLSHsr (see the EyeCare items). All orders will be mailed directly to the buyer.

The Kibuye Hope Project is a teaching hospital in Burundi, Africa, one of the poorest and most densely populated countries in the world. The hospital provides free treatment and surgeries to the people of this central African country, providing the gift of sight with a 15-minute cataract procedure. The hospital also fights to reduce the effects of retinoblastoma, a form of pediatric eye cancer, and a variety of other eye diseases.

Please help today by shopping online for a variety of Princeton Eye Group, Wills Laser Vision, Project One and #👁care clothing.

Thank you in advance for helping us make a difference to those less fortunate than ourselves!


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Support the Kibuye Hope Project in style with Princeton Eye Group clothing

eye care graphicsAfter sponsoring a highly successful charity concert featuring our very own Dr. John Epstein’s band Project One, The Princeton Eye Group is continuing to raise funds for the Kibuye Hope Project. A percentage of sales will be donated to the Project when purchasing #👁care clothing and merchandise online.

The Kibuye Hope Project is a teaching hospital in Burundi, Africa, one of the poorest and most densely populated countries in the world. The hospital provides free treatment and surgeries to the people of this central African country, providing the gift of sight with a 15 minute cataract procedure. The hospital also fights to reduce the effects of retinoblastoma, a form of pediatric eye cancer. In the US the mortality rate is less than 5%, however in Africa it is great than 70%.

Please help today by shopping online for a variety of Princeton Eye Group, Wills Laser Vision, Project One and #👁care clothing at http://etsy.me/2DLSHsr

All orders will be mailed directly to your home. Thank you in advance for helping us make a difference to those less fortunate than ourselves!

 

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PEG Cares Day – Fall/Winter 2019

On Sat. November 2, Dr. Stephen Felton and staff volunteered their time and skills for our fourth PEG Cares Day.  Over a dozen needy patients were seen at no cost.  They were referred from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Clinic at Penn Medicine Princeton Health.  Thanks to Dr. Felton, Meredith, Melissa, Katerina, Phyllis and Alexis for your service to our community!
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