Posts for category: Ophthalmology

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
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.

By Princeton Eye and Ear
October 04, 2017
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: contact lenses  

Do you remember the last time you replaced your contact lens case? Using the case month after month can subject you to painful contactsinfections that can damage your vision. Our Lawrenceville, Plainsboro and Freehold, NJ, ophthalmologists, Drs. Chirag and Angana Shah, discuss the ideal contact lens case replacement schedule and explain why it's important to buy new cases periodically.

How often should I replace my cases?

Contact lens cases should be replaced at least every three months. Visit a Lawrenceville, Plainsboro or Freehold store and replace the cases sooner if they're exposed to chemicals, such as spray cleaners in the bathroom or are noticeably dirty.

Why is it important to replace contact lens cases when they look fine?

Contact lens cases that look clean may actually harbor bacteria. If you continue to use the cases, you may transfer the bacteria to your eyes, which can cause an infection. Bacteria can move from your hands to the case and may also accumulate if you fail to change the solution in your cases. Replacing your cases regularly is the key to reducing bacteria.

How should I care for contact lens case?

Good cleaning techniques will help prevent bacterial and fungal eye infections. Before you handle your contact lenses or your cases, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water. Empty both sides of the case every day and rub them with your fingers to remove biofilm build up. Rinse the wells with fresh solution, not tap water. Using tap water to clean your case can increase your risk of developing Acanthamoeba keratitis, an eye infection that affects the corneas.

Turn the case upside down on a paper towel and allow it to air dry completely before refilling it. When you buy new cases, look for cases that are produced by the manufacturer of your contact lens solution. Bacterial levels may be higher if you mix and match cases and solutions.

Frequent replacement of contact lens cases, in addition to daily cleaning, can help protect your vision. If you're concerned about a contact lens issues or it's time for your next eye exam, call Lawrenceville, Plainsboro and Freehold, NJ, ophthalmologists, Drs. Chirag and Angana Shah, at (609) 883-3000 to schedule an appointment.

By Princeton Eye and Ear
February 02, 2017
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: diabetic eye care  

It can often seem overwhelming when you begin to have trouble seeing clearly. Even those individuals that have always had good eye careeyesight can find themselves in need of a Lawrenceville, Plainsboro or Freehold, NJ, ophthalmologists at Princeton Eye And Ear, to ensure that they are caring for their eyes properly.

The Importance of Eye Care if You’re Diabetic: 
Caring for your eyes becomes even more important if you are a diabetic. Your eyes can suffer as a symptom of your diabetic condition and being aware of when eyesight begins to change can be a clue to the progression or changes in your condition. It is vital that you seek a Lawrenceville, Plainsboro or Freehold ophthalmologists, if you notice any of the following:

  • · blurred vision
  • · eye irritation or pain
  • · swelling of your eyes or around your eyes
  • · difficulty in seeing at specific distances
  • · headaches
  • · redness of the eyes

These problems can be symptoms of a greater problem or a change due to your diabetic condition. The Lawrenceville, Plainsboro or Freehold, ophthalmologists, can provide you with useful information regarding what is happening to your eyesight and what you can expect in the future. They may also be able to help you choose treatment options that will help relieve some of the symptoms. Additionally, the symptoms that you are suffering with may be something that can be avoided by early detection and treatment.

When visiting with a professional, you will want to be open and honest about all of the things that you are feeling. Don’t leave anything out. It is important that you don’t wait to see an ophthalmologist and that you make an appointment with Princeton Eye And Ear as soon as possible. Call our team of professionals in Lawrenceville, Plainsboro or Freehold, NJ, at to schedule an appointment today.