Raise a Glass to the Holidays – A Little Wine May Help Your Eyes!

Cataracts and Alcohol As you may know, a cataract is a clouding of the eye’s normally clear lens. Most cataracts develop slowly and don’t affect vision early on. But over time, cataracts eventually make it more difficult to read, drive a car or see people’s faces. Treatment includes surgery, where the cataract is removed and replaced with […]

There’s More to a Sagging Eyelid than Meets the Eye

In our September 8th blog, we shared the story of how Atlantic Eye’s Dr. Ronald Kristan made a lifesaving decision for patient Lisa Economou (September blog). In this season of giving thanks, we remember Lisa’s gratitude for Dr. Kristan’s care. Let’s explore the common eye disorder that brought Lisa to us just in time: droopy […]

Eye Makeup Hazards – Be Afraid!

Halloween is coming, and many costume kits for children and adults alike will come with makeup designed to create special spooky or spectacular effects. A word of caution, however, from your Atlantic Eye ophthalmologists: makeups are largely unregulated and may not be sufficiently tested for safety, especially for use around sensitive eye areas. According to […]

Dr. Ronald Kristan Makes a Lifesaving Call

When Atlantic Eye patient Lisa Economou noticed in a photo that one of her eyelids was drooping lower than the other, she was not particularly concerned. “I thought nothing of it. My grandmother had a droopy eye, and it was fixed. I assume it runs in my family,” explains Lisa, a 40-something wife, and mother. […]

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) Lipiflow® to the Rescue!

First, what is Meibomian Gland Dysfunction?  MGD is common, but you may not realize you have it. Meibomian glands are tiny glands in the edges of your eyelids that make an oil called meibum. The combination of meibum, water, and mucus make up the tear film that keeps our eyes moist. Having less oil or […]

Seeing Red – What Causes Bloodshot Eyes?

We’re all familiar with bloodshot eyes, a condition where the white of the eye (the sclera) has become reddened or “bloodshot.” One or both eyes may look pink or red in some or all or the sclera. This happens because of the dilation of tiny blood vessels of the eye that become swollen because of environmental […]

What Causes Heterochromia – And is it a Concern?

First of all, what is it? Heterochromia is when a person’s irises (the colored area around the pupil) are different colors. It is relatively uncommon among humans and is most often a harmless condition. A number of celebrities have heterochromia, among them Kate Bosworth, Jane Seymour, and Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer. Color differences between […]

Twitches & Spasms – when your eyelid muscles do their own thing

From time to time, most of us have probably felt our eyelids twitch, which means they move slightly and rapidly. This tends to happen more in your upper eyelid. The lid moves every few seconds, usually just for a minute or two. These movements also called “tics,” are involuntary and do not affect vision. Even […]

A Quick Peek at Eyeglass Lenses

Vision Basics: Refractive Errors In a healthy eye, the cornea is a clear dome-shaped window that allows light rays to pass through and focus on the retina behind it. Distortions in the cornea can cause light rays to bend (or refract) at odd angles and fail to achieve sharp focus; this is called refractive error. Eyeglass […]

Make April 2021 Your Month for Sports Eye Safety!

Do you know which sport is the leading cause of sports-related eye injuries in the United States? Answer: Basketball. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, eye injuries have cost the NBA $2.4 million in a single season! Eye injuries can – and do – happen when playing any sport. In fact, in 2018 more […]

In the Workplace: An Ounce of Prevention Keeps Eyes Safe!

March is Workplace Eye Safety Month, and your doctors at Atlantic Eye want to remind you that protecting your eyes from injury is one of the simplest things you can do to keep your vision healthy throughout your life. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 20,000 eye injuries occur in the workplace each […]

Eating healthier in 2021? Your eyes will thank you!

If your New Year’s resolutions include eating healthier, here’s another reason to put that at the top of your list: eating the right foods can help protect your vision as well as benefit your overall health. Research says that a vitamin-rich diet is linked to a lower risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, and […]

See the New Year with Fresh Eyes!

If you’ve been putting off routine health screening exams due to Covid-19 restrictions, you’re not alone. But as we go into a new year, your Atlantic Eye ophthalmologists want to remind you that regular eye exams are vital to maintaining vision and reducing the chances of vision loss due to disease. A comprehensive eye exam […]

“You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!”

Consider Eye Safety when Gifting Toys If you’ve seen the classic holiday film A Christmas Story, you’ll remember how Ralphie goes outside Christmas morning to fire his wished-for gift, an “official Red Ryder” air rifle – as his mother warns “don’t shoot your eye out.” Of course, Ralphie is injured with his first shot, when a […]

Are You the One in Ten?

About one out of every 10 people in the U.S. has diabetes, a disease that puts them at an increased risk of developing serious eye disease. If you or a loved one are diabetic or pre-diabetic, you may already be aware of the risks of diabetic eye disease.  But studies have shown that sixty percent […]

Does your mask have you walking around in a fog?

We are committed to wearing masks to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, but for eyeglass, sunglass, or safety goggle wearers, masks can cause the nuisance of foggy lenses. When warm breath escapes upward from under the mask, the cooler lens surface often mists up. But don’t ditch the mask – the American Academy of […]

Screen Time and Your Child’s Vision

Fact: There is a world-wide epidemic of myopia, also known as nearsightedness. A new study offers evidence that at least part of the worldwide increase in nearsightedness has to do with near work activities with screens and also traditional books. And, that spending time outdoors—especially in early childhood—can slow the progression of nearsightedness. Fact: There […]

Allergies

Eyes Irritated from Pollen Allergies?

Preventive Steps can Help Even as we cope with the Coronavirus threat, spring has sprung here in Monmouth County, and our trees and plants are blooming with gusto. We’ve also had strong winds to carry pollen and other particles into the eyes and noses of allergy sufferers. Unfortunately, more than 40 million Americans who struggle […]

Age-related Macular Degeneration

You may have heard of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), but did you know that early diagnosis and treatment are the keys to preventing vision loss from this serious eye disease? During February, Atlantic Eye joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in putting a special focus on this stealthy vision-stealer. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a […]

New Year’s Resolution: Detect and Treat Glaucoma Early

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, so we at Atlantic Eye are taking this opportunity to talk about this leading cause of vision loss. Glaucoma is a stealth enemy, since there are no symptoms early on. Bottom line is, once vision is lost to glaucoma, it can’t be regained. But take heart: Early detection and treatment, […]

Add Eye Safety to your Holiday Gift Giving

Did you know that BB and pellet guns are considered firearms under New Jersey law – and that these types of “toys” blind children every year? Unfortunately, the number of eye injuries caused by these non-powder guns is steadily increasing. In fact, a study published earlier this year showed an increase of almost 170 percent over […]

The Win-Win Holiday

Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving – family, friends, and food! And the best part is, we all have a pass on this one day out of the year where our eyes are allowed to be bigger than our stomachs. Luckily, many of the dishes served on this day have eye health benefits too! Here’s the dish… Turkey contains […]

Improving Dark Under-Eye Circles

By Ronald W Kristan, MD, FACS Dark under-eye circles can make us look tired, even sad or angry. A circle, crescent or indent in the lower lid area is often the focus of unhappiness with how our eyes appear. There are many causes of dark circles under the eyes, and the cause will determine treatment […]

Don’t Let Diabetes Steal Your Vision

In November, as we prepare for winter celebrations, Atlantic Eye joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in observing Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. This is the month when we bring attention to the fact that people with diabetes are at increased risk of developing serious eye diseases. Because regular eye exams are especially important for […]

Non-prescription Contact Lenses Put Eyes at Risk

We look forward to Halloween as a fun time for trick-or-treating, parties, and creative costumes. But if your costume includes contact lenses for eerie eye effects, the doctors here at Atlantic Eye urge you to think twice about wearing them. Not only are they illegal to sell, but wearing costume contact lenses without a prescription […]

Don’t Neglect Your Eyes!

Think of the essential role that vision plays in daily life – most of the things we want to do and enjoy would become difficult, even impossible, with impaired vision. It’s a fact that as we age, time takes its toll on our eyes just as it does with...

A team with vision

Our vision plays such a crucial role in everyday life, and that’s why the doctors at Atlantic Eye offer a full continuum of the most up-to-date procedures for restoring and maintaining eye health and function for their...