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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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Dr. Miedziak sets the mark as pioneer in corneal cross-linking for keratoconus

Exciting news that will forever change the way we approach and treat corneal weakening diseases such as keratoconus and corneal ectasia! The FDA has approved the Avedro KXL Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking System (www.avedro.com), and the Princeton Eye Group will be only one of a handful of sites in the country to launch this technology. Dr. Miedziak was one of only two investigators in NJ participating in the FDA-monitored trials, and by so doing, learned how this technology can often arrest keratoconus and corneal ectasia. There were some stunning success stories in patients who previously could not be treated. This specialized non-incisional technique utilizes riboflavin assisted UV-light emission cross-links collagen in the cornea, thereby stiffening it and often flattening extremely steep curvatures.

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Princeton Eye Group participates in world-giving

Through a sponsorship by the Princeton Eye Group, each and every employee was given the opportunity to donate necessary funds to an indigent patient in the Third World through the Watsi.org system.  Watsi is an NGO that locates patients who cannot afford necessary medical care and seeks donors to help.  Among these are a three month old infant in Guatemala suffering from malnutrition because of lactation failure of her mother. Another is a three year old girl in Kenya who has hydrocephalus and needs brain surgery. Many more examples.  Thanks to a sponsorship by the Princeton Eye Group, several dozen patients are now fully funded to receive medical care.

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Princeton Eye Group doctors are doing their part in staving off world blindness in Haiti

Cataracts are still the leading cause of reversible blindness in the world and the Princeton Eye Group is doing its share to combat this. Humanity has no borders. Dr. Sarah Kuchar has been named the Physician Coordinator of the Wills International Residency Experience which sends American doctors to St. Boniface Eye Clinic at Fond-des-Blanc, Haiti. She has tapped Dr. Michael Wong to bring a senior ophthalmology resident from Wills Eye Hospital on a mentor/service mission there. This is fully funded by the Princeton Eye Group.

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Leadership at the national level

One hundred of the most respected ophthalmologists in the world are chosen to be on the “Council of 100.” Dr. Michael Wong has been invited to join this venerated board, which advises the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the world’s largest anterior segment society. Dr. Wong is elated as this is an opportunity to directly shape the future direction of ophthalmology, particularly at the clinical and educational level, at a time of great change.

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New at The Optical Shoppe: The Latest Technology in Smart Eyewear

Smart Glasses: Wearable Technology Devices

smart gold lenses for Google GlassComputer technology is constantly evolving. Computers are smaller and more powerful than ever. They come in all shapes and sizes are now an integral part of everyday living. It was only a matter of time before you would see some of this technology integrated into your eyewear.

Smart glasses are a wearable technology device that bring data and Internet access from a wearer’s computer or smart phone into their field of view through a transparent heads-up display. One of the first companies to come out with a wearable technology device is Google and their Google Glass.

Yet with all the functionality and usability displayed through the heads-up display (HUD), the need for prescription lenses is critical. Without corrective lenses for these devices, many users cannot fully experience smart glass technology. For those who do need corrective lenses for their Google Glass, The Optical Shoppe is happy to offer Smart Frames and Smart Gold prescription Lenses.

The Smart Frame is a full frame insert that attaches to your Glass. It is available in 8 styles and in a variety of colors.

Smart Gold lenses are designed with an optimized viewing area to provide visual acuity and clarity when looking at the HUD. It is a digitally surfaced lens so the quality and accuracy of the Prescription is uniquely customized to each patient. Due to the innovative design of the Smart Frame, we are able to insert almost any prescription with any style of lens, whether it be a single vision lens, bifocal or progressive lens. We can also prepare prescription sunglasses.

OrCam for the Visually Impaired

orcam for the visually impairedAlso in the genre of Smart Eyewear is the OrCam. For those who are visually impaired, the OrCam is a smart camera mounted on the frames of the user’s eyeglasses, that processes visual input in real time. It identifies printed text and reads it to you instantly. The OrCam can even recognize money notes. Its small, portable design allows patients to read text on a variety of surfaces and recognize pre-entered objects independently, at home and on the go.

With the OrCam, you can read newspapers and books without asking for assistance or searching audio books. It also reads texts on computer and smartphone screens with no need to learn new software and tools.The OrCam benefits patients with a variety of eye diagnoses, including macular degeneration.

Speak to Sam Morgenstern, N.J. Licensed Optician TD-1782, at The Optical Shoppe to learn more about these latest technologies in eyewear by calling any one of our three locations: Princeton 609-683-7994, Somerset 732-565-1440 or Monroe Twp. 609-655-7776.

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Princeton Eye Group Invests in Major Improvements for Patients

Notice anything different when you came for you last visit? The doctors at the Princeton Eye Group have made a few changes. The most visible change has been a major renovation to our reception area, front desk, and patient exam rooms in our Princeton location. In order to improve upon comfort and convenience for our patients, we have undergone some major construction to expand the size and improve the ambiance of our reception area. We’ve also created several new exam lanes to allow patients to be seen in a timely fashion. Additionally, we added complementary internet access to allow patients to continue to use their computers and other smart devices while visiting at our office.

You might also notice that we now have computers in each exam room. We have recently updated and improved our phones, computers and networking equipment in order to integrate electronic medical records into our practice. This exciting technology has many advantages to improve speed and accuracy. For example, the doctors are now able to view your medications directly from your pharmacy, and even prescribe a refill or new medication electronically with just the click of a button. We’ve also implemented a new call center to improve hold times and provide quality service when patients call us over the phone.

Even more exciting, the doctors at Princeton Eye Group are proud to offer patients the most state of the art technology to provide a speedy diagnosis and treatment of various eye conditions. Is there a concern for glaucoma? The most advanced care is available here. Our recently upgraded optical coherence tomography (OCT) can be used to take an objective look at your optic nerve, determine if there is damage consistent with glaucoma, and track changes over time. Combined with our visual field machine and pachymeter (measures the corneal thickness), a customized approach to diagnose and treat glaucoma is now possible in even the earliest stages of disease. We also have two glaucoma lasers right at our fingertips– selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) and laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI), so certain types of glaucoma can be managed by simply walking down the hall! On the glaucoma surgical front, the Princeton Eye Group is proud to be one of the first in the area to offer the iStent, a tiny implantable device that can be placed into the drain of the eye during cataract surgery to help lower eye pressure.

But what if you have a problem with your retina? Great news, our retinal OCT is a noninvasive way to image the retina with an accuracy of 10 microns (that’s 1/10000 of a centimeter!) to diagnose various medical conditions that are not always visible at the slit lamp. Patients with macular degeneration, macular edema, macular pucker are just a few of examples of patients who are already benefiting from this technology. We also offer fluorescein angiography right in our office to better determine which patients might benefit from a retinal laser or an intravitreal injection on the spot.

Princeton Eye Group also has two minor surgical suites onsite, including one upstairs for those having LASIK and other types of refractive eye surgery. Our LASIK area also features our Pentacam, which images the front part of the eye in a multidimensional way. With this machine, we can determine whether refractive eye surgery is safe for you, if you have irregularities of the cornea (such as keratoconus), how to align a toric (astigmatism correcting) lens implant, and much more. Our second surgical suite allows us to perform various eyelid procedures, intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments for dry eye and blepharitis, glaucoma lasers, and Nd:Yag laser to clear any haziness that may occur after cataract surgery in a matter of minutes.

While in the past, patients may have needed to travel to an academic institution in New York City or Philadelphia for the latest state of the art care, the multi-specialty doctors at the Princeton Eye Group are now able to manage most patient conditions without all the inconvenient travel. We strive to remain on the cutting-edge of the latest advances in technology and research so that you know when it comes to your eyes, you are getting the best of the best. Here’s looking to the future!

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Keratoconus and Cornea Ectasia Participants Welcome. You May Benefit from this Study

Do you suffer from Keratoconus or Corneal Ectasia?

Dr. Anita Miedziak, M.D., is conducting a clinical research trial to study and investigational treatment to stop or slow the progression of keratoconus and corneal ectasia.

You may qualify to participate if you:

  • are 12 years of age or older
  • were diagnosed with keratoconus or were diagnosed with corneal ectasia after you received refractive surgery (e.g., LASIK, PRK)
  • are able to come in for at least 8 office visits over a 12 month period

Please call the Princeton Eye Group at 609-924-9200 and ask to speak with Janet Bergan for more information and to schedule an appointment.

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The Princeton Eye Group Provides the New Standard of Quality and Safety in LASIK

IntraLase 100% blade-free LASIK is considered to be the new standard of quality and safety in LASIK and the only technology to provide patients with a 100% blade-free experience. It has been clinically proven to be the safest and most accurate LASIK procedure available.

All Laser — No Cutting

For patients who have had reservations about conventional LASIK because it involves the use of a blade, the IntraLase FS laser is truly an option worth considering. IntraLase FS is an all-laser, 100% blade-free LASIK procedure delivering unprecedented safety and better overall vision.

The IntraLase method replaces the hand-held microkeratome blade used in creating LASIK corneal flaps with a computer-guided, ultra-fast femtosecond (fem-to-second) laser. The IntraLase FS laser has been clinically proven to take many patients to 20/20 vision and beyond. The advantages of the 100% blade-free IntraLase method are significant and include:

  • BETTER VISION: Patients achieve statistically better vision with LASIK using the IntraLase method in many cases better than 20/20.
  • IMPROVED SAFETY: Virtually eliminates potential flap complications.
  • THINNER FLAPS: Patients previously not considered to be candidates for LASIK due to thin corneas may now be treatable with the IntraLase method.

Combining 100% Blade-Free LASIK with the Allegretto Perfect Pulse Laser

Unlike other lasers that focus solely on the front center surface of the cornea, the Allegretto Perfect Pulse laser addresses the unique 3-dimensional shape of your cornea. This advanced eye tracking and treatment enables us to minimize distortions that affect glare and night vision.

Your eye movements are tracked and mapped every few milliseconds to allow the internal mirrors of the Allegretto Perfect Pulse laser to align precisely with your cornea’s imperfections. The beams of light sent from the laser are strategically released to your cornea as the position of your eye movements change from millisecond to millisecond delivering 40 times greater frequency of the pulses of light for superior accuracy and unmatched precision.

The advanced technology of the Allegretto Perfect Pulse laser provides us with the capability to produce larger optical zones, which means better results for patients with night vision issues and for patients with large pupils. Your pupil adapts to darkness by growing larger to allow in more light. The expanded optical zone enabled by the Allegretto Perfect Pulse laser compensates for these changes and provides better night vision than ever before.

As trusted physicians, we have embraced this new technology to offer you the very best of care. In addition to the benefits of IntraLase 100% blade-free LASIK, the Allegretto Perfect Pulse laser also provides:

  • ACCURACY: We are able to use the Allegretto’s advanced eye tracking system to measure light as it passes into the eye and then is reflected back. This creates an optical image of the eye, showcasing its flaws, allowing the laser’s 40 times greater frequency of the pulses of light to correct imperfections with superior accuracy and unmatched precision.
  • CUSTOMIZATION: As a result of these exacting measurements, we can now customize the LASIK procedure according to your unique vision correction needs like never before.
  • SATISFACTION: Clinical results report both near- and far-sighted patients noted

improvement to light sensitivity and night driving glare. The vast majority of patients report vision at least as well as, if not better than the vision they had with glasses and contacts before treatment.

IntraLase 100% blade-free technology is clinically proven to be safer and most accurate. With the addition of an ultra-sensitive tracking system and the Allegretto laser you get superior accuracy and unmatched precision. Wills Laser Vision at Princeton is the only center in this area with these advanced capabilities for LASIK.

The time is now. You don’t have to delay your dream of ridding yourself of glasses and contacts. Special payment plans and financing options are readily available through our office.

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Get the Most Out of Your Healthcare Dollars

We can’t think of one person who’s not re-evaluating what they’re spending and where they’re spending it. Many of us are delaying purchases and expenditures in many areas of our daily lives. These are stressful, trying times in which many of us are facing issues we’ve not yet dealt with in our lifetime.

Although there are ways to cut back on spending to ease our everyday stresses, we should be paying special attention to our health and overall wellbeing in order to combat the stress of these financial times. Keeping ourselves happy and healthy will help us weather the weeks and months ahead.

Choosing the right healthcare provider can also be beneficial to your bottom line. There is great value to be found in a medical group with specialists in all sub-specialties within their field. The Princeton Eye Group is Central Jersey’s only ophthalmology practice with specialists in all areas of eye care.

Each of The Princeton Eye Groups 7 ophthalmologists are award winning doctors recognized by their peers as being outstanding in their field. All were trained at the renowned Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. This group of ophthalmologists has been on the forefront of the most effective treatments for diseases of the eye for over 25 years.

When you choose The Princeton Eye Group you choose to get the best eye care that Central Jersey has to offer, you choose an accurate, thorough diagnosis by a highly trained group of recognized specialists – all under one roof. There is virtually no need for referrals to other doctors. The Princeton Eye Group offers true value for your healthcare dollars.

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