By Princeton Eye and Ear
April 19, 2019
Category: ENT
Tags: Sinus Treatment  

Have you ever suffered the pain, pressure, and drainage of sinusitis? If so, you know that relief is a top priority! At Princeton Eye and Ear Sinusin Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, and Freehold, NJ, your six otolaryngologists use their expertise to skillfully treat your sinus issues. Whether you have an acute, chronic, or structural sinus problem, you can feel better. Read on to learn more!


Where are the sinuses located?

The sinuses are air-filled cavities inside the skull. As part of your upper respiratory system, they are located behind the cheekbones/nose and across the forehead. Typically, they are moist, producing the mucus that facilitates respiration and filters dust, allergens, bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants.


Why do I get sinus headaches and infections?

Bacteria and viruses cause sinus infections and the headaches that may accompany them. Sometimes, individuals have structural abnormalities such as a deviated septum, the bony partition between the right and left nostrils or polyps (benign growths).


How many people suffer from sinus issues?

The American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology says that 31 million Americans suffer from sinusitis, whether that be acute or chronic. Both may exhibit similar symptoms—a stuffy and/or runny nose, headache, coughing, bad breath, pressure in the areas of the sinuses—but the difference is that chronic infections last for more than twelve weeks, while acute infections last from four to twelve weeks.


Will I always suffer from this problem?

Not at all! Your otolaryngologist in Lawrenceville has many ways to treat both acute and chronic sinusitis. When you come to Princeton Eye and Ear, your physician will ask you about your symptoms and also examine your nose and sinuses with a lighted otoscope. He may also use X-rays and CT scans to view the interior structures of the sinuses, looking for blockages, inflammation, and other problems.


What are my treatment options?

While viral infections cannot be treated with antibiotics, bacterial sinusitis can. Additionally, nasal irrigation/decongestant and antihistamines sprays work to relieve symptoms and keep them from returning.

In very severe cases, surgery is a good option. Endoscopic sinus surgery opens narrowed air passages, allowing for better drainage of mucous. Balloon sinuplasty is another innovative operation which uses an inflatable balloon to open up the sinus passages without any tissue removal.


Learn more

Please don't put up with the debilitating symptoms of sinusitis—get the relief that you deserve by calling Princeton Eye and Ear today for a consultation with a board-certified ear, nose and throat doctor. Dial (609) 403-8940 today to set up your appointment! We have offices in Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, and Freehold, NJ.

By Princeton Eye and Ear
February 14, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Surgery
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

If you've ever attended a school reunion, you've most likely noticed that aging favors some more than others. However, have you ever Bright Cosmetic Smileconsidered that some of these more youthful people may have undergone cosmetic surgery to rejuvenate their appearance? At Princeton Eye and Ear in Lawrenceville, Plainsboro and Freehold, NJ, your team of highly skilled surgeons not only cares for the health and function of your head, neck, eyes, and ears, but they also look after facial aesthetics. Read below to find out if cosmetic surgery is right for you and which procedure would help you achieve your desired look.

The Objectives of Cosmetic Surgery at Our Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, and Freehold Offices

Simply put, cosmetic surgery procedures reduce the signs of facial aging, such as excess fat deposits and sagging skin around the neck, jaw, eyebrows, eyelids and more. Most people seeking cosmetic surgery wish their faces to be less lined and more energetic looking, with the most realistic patients wanting to look like themselves, only better and more refreshed. Cosmetic surgery procedures, both simple and complex, combined with cosmetic skin treatments such as BOTOX and chemical peels, can deliver all that and more!

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says that an important element of any cosmetic procedure—whether minimally invasive or surgical—is patient self-confidence. In other words, ideal patients seek to improve their appearance to please no one but themselves. A positive attitude helps both doctor and patient select the correct procedure and helps the individual feel satisfied with the results.


Which Cosmetic Procedure Is Right for You?

At Princeton Eye and Ear, your physician will discuss your aesthetic goals with you before proposing any cosmetic surgeries. They will review your medical history and examine the areas of your face that you wish to improve in overall appearance, texture, and shape. After that, you will receive a detailed treatment plan which will outline the surgery or surgeries that may be best for your facial appearance, health, age, gender, and other considerations.

Examples of cosmetic surgeries performed at Princeton Eye and Ear include:

  • Rhinoplasty, a reshaping of how the nose is proportioned, especially as it relates to the rest of the face
  • Face and neck lifting, to correct sagging, wrinkled skin and define jaw and chin lines.
  • Blepharoplasty, to remove excess sagging skin on the eyelids, thus making the eyes more obvious and less sleepy looking


Call Today!
For a personalized and detailed discussion of cosmetic surgery options, please contact Princeton Eye and Ear for an appointment with one of our physicians. Bring all your questions, and be ready to articulate your aesthetic goals, too! Call (609) 883-3000 for our offices in Lawrenceville, Plainsboro, and Freehold.

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.

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