By Princeton Eye and Ear
December 11, 2018
Category: Ophthalmologist

Your eyes are one of your most important personal assets, and caring for them remains a top health priority. Are you seeing an ophthalmologist regularly? At Princeton Eye and Ear in Lawrenceville and Plainsboro, NJ, your ophthalmologists, Drs. Chetan and Angana Shah, provide routine exams, glasses, surgery, and everything else you need for optimal eye health. Protect those eyes and feel confident that you have your best possible vision!

What is an ophthalmologist?

An ophthalmologist is a specially-trained eye physician. They have advanced credentials to:

  • Perform eye examinations
  • Prescribe glasses and contact lenses
  • Diagnose/treat eye diseases and chronic conditions
  • Perform specialized treatments and surgeries
  • Interface with your primary care physician and other providers involved in your continuing health care needs
  • Provide care for diabetics, people with low vision, and individuals with special needs

Eye doctors such as Dr. Chetan Shah and Dr. Angana Shah also maintain the highest possible standards of practice, as they have performed literally thousands of eye surgeries using the latest in techniques, equipment, diagnostics, and medications. Furthermore, they maintain professional associations and credentialing to keep their skills sharp and up to date.

As such, when you receive care—routine and otherwise—from one of our eye doctors at Princeton Eye and Ear, count on precise and compassionate service. Our physicians and their team treat everyone's eyes as they would treat their own!

Eye conditions and services

Your Lawrenceville and Plainsboro, NJ, ophthalmologists treat conditions of the eye such as:

  • Diabetic eye disease (retinopathy, for example)
  • Infections
  • Dry eye
  • Retinal tears and detachment
  • Glaucoma
  • Flashes and floaters
  • Cataracts
  • Macular degeneration
  • Corneal abrasions
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Blepharitis (eyelid infection)
  • Ptosis (eyelid drooping)

When to see your ophthalmologist

The American Academy of Ophthalmology advises a baseline eye examination if you are 40 or older. Then, follow-up exams should be spaced one to two years apart or as your physician at Princeton Eye and Ear feels necessary.

Your examination will include a check of your:

  • Eye anatomy (cornea, retina, lens, and more)
  • Vision acuity
  • Pupil function
  • How well your eyes track together
  • Peripheral vision
  • Color perception
  • Depth perception
  • Intra-ocular pressure (to assess for glaucoma)

Additionally, your ophthalmologist will carefully review your medical history and current medications and treatments as these impact how well you see and the long-term health of your eyes.

Should you see an ophthalmologist?

The answer is yes. You'll have peace of mind that your vision is in the best of hands. Call Princeton Eye and Ear for an exam appointment at either one of our two locations in Lawrenceville and Plainsboro, NJ: (609) 883-3000 for eye issues and (609) 403-8840 for ENT.

By Princeton Eye and Ear
October 05, 2018
Category: Ophthalmology

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diabetic retinopathy (one of several diabetes related eye diseases) is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. If you are one of the millions of children or adults in the United States with Diabetic Patientdiabetes, regular eye care should be an important part or your overall health and wellness routine. Dr. Angana Shah and Dr. Chirag Shah, ophthalmologists serving Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, and Freehold, NJ, advises diabetic patients to schedule regular eye exams in order to protect their vision and manage the risk of diabetes related eye disease.

Diabetic Eye Disease Treatment in Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, and Freehold, NJ

According to the National Eye Institute, diabetic eye disease consists of a number of eye conditions that develop in people with diabetes, or for which diabetics can be at higher risk for than non-diabetics (such as cataracts and glaucoma). Cataracts and glaucoma are fairly common eye conditions that also affect healthy adults and tend to be associated with age, but a person with diabetes can be twice as likely to develop glaucoma, and develop cataracts at a younger age.

There are two other types of diabetic eye disease:

  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Diabetic macular edema (DME)

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss and impairment, and results when the blood vessels connected to the retina become damaged due to high blood sugar. If left untreated, the region of the retina known as the macula begins to swell, increasing the risk of blindness. DME is usually a side effect of late stage diabetic retinopathy, but it can also occur at earlier stages as well. The best way to protect your vision and health is to control your blood sugar and preventive care to catch any health issues or complications before they can progress.

Find an Ophthalmologist in Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, and Freehold, NJ

For more information about diabetic eye disease and other vision and ophthalmology problems, contact your ophthalmologist by calling (609) 403-8840 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chirag Shah and Dr. Angana Shah today.

By Princeton Eye and Ear
August 06, 2018
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: contact lenses  

Eye ContactYour contact lenses irritate your eyes. Should this be the case? At Princeton Eye and Ear in Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, and Freehold, NJ, your board-certified ophthalmologists, Dr. Chirag Shah and Dr. Angana Shah, urge you to replace your contact lenses as directed and to use proper hygiene and storage methods. Avoid irritation and infection as you care for your lenses properly and keep your eyes healthy.

When to replace contact lenses

The Centre for Contact Lens Research in Canada states that good hygiene not only applies to hand washing, dental health, or daily bathing, it applies to contact lens replacement and care, too. The Centre offers important tips on when to replace your lenses--regardless of what kind of contacts they are (single use, extended wear, toric, rigid gas permeable). Good care helps avoid corneal irritation, various kinds of infections and long-term eye health problems such as early onset cataracts.

Here are some easy replacement rules:

  1. Remove your lenses whenever they appear cloudy. Rinse with saline solution and put them back in. If they are still cloudy, replace them right away with another pair.
  2. Remove your lenses if your eyes feel irritated. Irritation often indicates dust and dirt accumulation on the lenses. So, clean your lenses according to your doctor's instructions. Irritation also could mean a structural defect such as a fold or small tear. These lenses should be replaced with a fresh pair.
  3. Replace any lenses which are beyond their expiration date--typically one year from purchase. Check the package for details on your brand and type.

Avoid premature replacement

To benefit your eye health, your vision and your wallet, too, follow your ophthalmologist's instructions about contact lens care. Your lens and cleaning solution manufacturers also provide important information on the care and storage of your contacts. Follow all these rules carefully.

For instance, it's critical to:

  • Wash your lenses with the solution, frequency, and method advised by Dr. Chiraq Shah or Dr. Angana Shah.
  • Avoid using water on your contacts, but instead, rinse with the proper disinfecting solution.
  • Take your lenses out before showering, swimming, or going in a hot tub.
  • Leave your lens case open when not in use to avoid bacterial build-up.
  • Keep the lens solution in the original bottle, keep the tip clean and always cap the bottle tightly when not in use.

Contact us in Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, and Freehold

If you experience any problems with your contact lenses, have an extended period of eye irritation or simply have a question about lens care or replacement, please call Princeton Eye and Ear in Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, and Freehold, NJ, right away. Our "eye phone" number is (609) 883-3000.

By Princeton Eye and Ear
June 18, 2018
Category: Ophthalmologist
Tags: Cataracts  

Is night driving becoming difficult? Do you see halos around oncoming headlights? These symptoms indicate cataracts, a change in the cataractsprotein structure in the lenses of the eyes. At Princeton Eye and Ear in Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, and Freehold, NJ, your ophthalmologists detect and treat this common eye condition. Dr. Chirag Shah and Dr. Angana Shah are highly trained cataract surgeons, specializing in minimally invasive techniques. You can see clearly once again.

The details on cataracts

Cataracts affect the lenses of the eyes. Located below the outer cornea and focused by the muscles of the colored iris, the lens allows your retina to receive the images you see and to transfer them, via the optic nerve, to the brain. Over time, proteins build-up on the surface of the lens, clouding it and discoloring the images coming into the eye.

Changes in vision due to cataracts begin in one's fifties, says the American Academy of Ophthalmology, but they may not become noticeable until a person has difficulty:

  • Driving at night due to glare
  • Seeing bright colors (images look yellowish)
  • Using a computer due to glare
  • Reading in dimmer light

In the past, people lost a substantial amount of visual acuity due to cataracts. Surgeries were complex, and there was no way to replace the clouded lenses. If people had cataracts removed, they wore thick prescription glasses afterwards.

You may wonder why you are developing cataracts. Aging is the biggest cause. However, the American Academy of Ophthalmology maintains other factors may worsen cataracts, including:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Trauma to the eye
  • Medications containing steroids
  • Excessive sun exposure

Treating cataracts

Your Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, and Freehold ophthalmologist uses minimally-invasive, in-office surgery to remove cataracts. This fast, small-incision procedure takes out the clouded portion of the lens, leaving the lens capsule, or outer coating, in place. Then, the doctor inserts a tiny, folded lens implant (intra-ocular lens, or IOL) into the capsule. It unfolds and allows for passage of light into the eye.

Your ophthalmologist will inform you about your particular kind of surgery, preparation for it and what kind of lens you will receive. Depending on their type, lenses correct a variety of issues, including astigmatism, near-sightedness, far-sightedness and more. So, while you expect clearer vision after cataract removal and implantation of an artificial lens, you may be surprised by reduced dependency or complete elimination of glasses or contact lenses.


Cataract surgeries take about 15 minutes. Afterwards, you'll need a ride home from a responsible adult, and you should rest for the remainder of the day. Our doctors may ask you to instill special eye drops, and all surgery patients should:

  • Avoid lifting and other strenuous activity for about a week
  • Wear sunglasses with UV protection
  • Stay out of dusty or high-pollen environments to avoid infection

Is it time?

If you perceive vision changes and think you have a cataract, or that an existing cataract is worsening, contact Princeton Eye and Ear for a consultation in Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, and Freehold, NJ. 

By Princeton Eye and Ear
May 08, 2018
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: Ear Infection  

Are your ears in pain?ear infection

If you think you are suffering from an ear infection, then you need to contact your ENT specialists in Lawrenceville, Plainsboro and Freehold, NJ.

More About the Ear:

Children are the most susceptible to ear infections. They may suffer from painful earaches in any of the three parts of your ear: the outer ear, middle ear and inner ear.

In order to help your child, you need to understand the different types of ear infections:

Outer Ear Infection (Otitis Externa or Swimmer's Ear): This ear infection is a result of a bacterial infection that causes inflammation in the outer ear. When there's moisture surrounding the ear, like when swimming or when it's humid, your child is more prone to contracting an outer ear infection from water, sand or dirt. There may also be issues with fluid drainage in the ear. Ear infections are usually resolved in about 10 days, but here are some symptoms to look out for:

  • Severe pain
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Swelling in the outer ear
  • Pain while chewing or when pulling on the ear

If you notice any of the symptoms, contact a doctor at any of the following locations: Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, or Freehold. If otitis externa is left untreated, your child may suffer from

  • Hearing loss
  • Recurring ear infections
  • Bone and cartilage damage.

Treatment options include:

  • Eardrops to block bacterial growth
  • Antibiotic and pain medication

Middle Ear Infection (Otitis Media): This ear infection is a result of bacteria or viruses that are airborne, foodborne, or due to infections in other parts of the body, or a blocked Eustachian tube.

Treatments vary according to the cause of the infection, so your doctor may prescribe anything from eardrops to surgical insertion of a tube to help drain fluid in the middle ear.

Inner Ear Infection (Otitis Interna or labyrinthitis): Inner ear infections are usually a result of other infections and symptoms include:

  • Dizziness
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hearing loss

If you suspect you or your child may have an ear infection, please contact your doctor at any of the following office locations: Lawrenceville, Plainsboro and Freehold, NJ.

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