Posts for category: Ophthalmologist

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
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 31, 2016
Category: Ophthalmologist
Tags: Eyes  

If you have ever had an eye exam, you are probably familiar with the eye doctor. However, knowing the difference between the different types of eye doctors can help you choose the best doctor for you depending on your personal situation. Learn more about what an ophthalmologist does with help from your Plainsboro, Freehold and Lawrenceville, NJ doctor at Princeton Eye and Ear.Eye Doctor

What is an ophthalmologist? 
An ophthalmologist is a physician who has undergone additional specialized training and focuses on the eyes and vision. These specialized doctors earn the degree and title of Doctor of Optometry (OD). Ophthalmologists perform eye examinations, diagnose and treat conditions such as glaucoma and iritis, perform surgical corrections for crossed eyes, trauma, cataracts and other conditions, and perform plastic surgery to correct issues within the area of the eye.

What is the difference between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist? 
An ophthalmologist is a physician who has completed medical school, an internship and a medical residency. Often, ophthalmologists complete additional training after receiving their doctor of optometry degree. An optometrist is a medical professional who did not complete medical school. Instead, optometrists complete four years of professional training after completing college. An optometrist focuses on providing eye examinations and prescribing eyeglasses and contact lenses to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and other eye issues.

What can my Plainsboro, Freehold and Lawrenceville ophthalmologist do for me? 
An ophthalmologist provides all-around eye care. Whether you suffer from serious eye conditions like glaucoma or simply need a new prescription for your eyeglasses, your ophthalmologist can help. A normal appointment involves a physical examination, during which time your doctor tests your vision while wearing your corrective lenses. He or she then examines the pupils and movement of the eyes. Several more tests ensure the eyes function normally. Your doctor uses a special machine to examine your eyes close up and search for lesions, inflammation and any signs of abnormalities. Your doctor may suggest a prescription for corrective lenses or other treatments based on the problems they find during your examination.

For more information on ophthalmology or to schedule an examination, please contact Dr. Chirag Shah and Dr. Angana Shah at Princeton Eye And Ear in Lawrenceville, NJ. Call 609-883-3000 to speak with an associate about scheduling your examination today!

By Princeton Eye and Ear
December 24, 2014
Category: Ophthalmologist
Tags: Ophthalmology  

Find out how an ophthalmologist promotes better eye health.

They say sight is one of the most important senses that we have. In fact, about 90 percent of what we perceive around us is through our eyes. So whether you are noticing vision issues or not, it’s still important to see your Lawrenceville, NJ ENT once a year to ensure that you continue to see the world around you clearly.

What is an ophthalmologist?

An ophthalmologist is an doctor who specializes in eye care including diagnosing and treating eye disorders and vision problems. We are specially trained to offer a full range of services from fitting you with prescription eyewear to performing detailed eye surgery.

What symptoms warrant a trip to see my Lawrenceville, NJ ophthalmologist?

You should make an appointment with us right away if you experience any of these symptoms or risk factors:

  • Decreased or blurry vision
  • Flashes of light or floaters in your field of vision
  • Eye pain or eye trauma
  • Red eyes
  • Bulging eye(s)
  • Double vision
  • Decreased or loss of peripheral vision
  • Eyelid problems or abnormalities
  • Family history of eye disorders

Some of these symptoms are indicative of serious eye problems and shouldn’t be treated right away. During a thorough examination, your Lawrenceville ophthalmologist will be able to offer a proper diagnosis and an effective treatment plan.

When should I start seeing an ophthalmologist in Lawrenceville, NJ?

We specialize in eye care for all ages, and children as young as three months should start coming to us for routine checkups to make sure their vision is developing normally. Those between the ages of 20 to 64 with no risk factors or symptoms of an eye disorder may not need an eye disease screening until 40 years old; however, talk to your ophthalmologist about how often you should be screened. Those with risk factors or problems should be screened annually, as well as adults 65 years and older.

What should I expect during my Lawrenceville eye exam?

We will go over your detailed medical history and ask you about any symptoms you may be experience. We may dilate your eyes during the exam to help widen your pupils and giving us a better view of the back of the eyes; however, this may not be necessary. Then we will use a painless device to check your overall eye health, muscle coordination, peripheral vision, response to light, pressure inside the eye, and the structures of the eye to make sure they are healthy.

If you are experiencing any eye problems don’t wait any longer. Your vision is important and your Lawrenceville, NJ ENT wants to ensure that your eyes remain healthy. Call us today to schedule an exam.