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Smoking and Eye Health… Not A Good MIx

Most people are aware that smoking poses a variety of health risks, ranging from cancer to heart disease, diabetes to lung diseases and more. However, many folks are unaware of the danger smoking causes to eye health.

Smoking harms nearly every organ in your body — including your eyes. Studies show smoking increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and dry eye syndrome.

One of the most vulnerable parts of the eye to cigarette smoke is the choroid, which is a dense network of blood vessels at the back of the eye. It’s responsible for supplying the retina with oxygen and nutrition and maintains the temperature and volume of the eye.

Studies have shown that smokers and people exposed to smoke have a thinner choroid. Choroidal thinning is linked to the development of vision-threatening AMD, among other conditions.

Eye diseases caused by smoking include:

Cataracts cloud your eye’s natural lens. The only way it can be corrected is through surgery to replace the lens with an artificial intraocular lens.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the deterioration of the macula, the essential part of the retina that provides sharp vision. Living with AMD can make it difficult or impossible to read, recognize faces and colors.

For those with diabetes, smoking increases the risk of diabetic retinopathy —irreversible vision damage done to the retina.

To decrease the risk of developing serious health problems, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that smokers quit smoking and everyone should avoid smoking to preserve your long-term eye health.

If you continue to smoke, schedule comprehensive eye exams regularly with your ophthalmologist.

Dr. Stephen H. Uretsky is a board-certified ophthalmologist with 35 years of practice experience who specializes in comprehensive eye care. Dr. Michael G. Miller is a dedicated optometrist with a passion for helping correct vision loss in patients. Coastal Jersey Eye Center features an optical center, Classic Eyewear, which provides eyeglass frames and lenses to suit every style and budget.

For more information on eye exams or to schedule an appointment, call the Linwood office at 609-927-3373 or the Cape May Court House office at 609-465-7926. Visit us online at CoastalJerseyEye.com.

Coastal Jersey Eye Center Offering Telehealth Services During Pandemic

Telehealth has been around for years. Many medical professions have embraced the technology but patients have been slow to adopt these new services.

With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) keeping people home under stay-at-home orders, Telehealth services are proving to be an easy and convenient path to high-quality and timely health care where a physical visit is not necessary. Coastal Jersey Eye Center is pleased to offer Telehealth appointments to provide care in a safe, no-contact way.

With Telehealth appointments, patients video chat with one of our medical professionals by phone, tablet or computer. Through Telehealth, we can address non-emergency eye issues like:

  • Issuing new prescriptions for eye medication or renew existing ones.
  • Treating allergies that cause itchy, red, irritated eyes.
  • Identifying and treating conjunctivitis.
  • Providing treatments to address the pain and discomfort of a corneal abrasion.
  • Get help soothing your eye and reducing inflammation from Stys.
  • And much more!

Having a virtual visit from the comfort of your home is the best way for us to provide treatment and keep you safe. For more information or to schedule a Telehealth appointment, visit CoastalJerseyEye.com or call 609-927-3373.

Dr. Stephen H. Uretsky is a board-certified ophthalmologist with 35 years of practice experience who specializes in comprehensive eye care. Dr. Michael G. Miller is a dedicated optometrist with a passion for helping correct vision loss in patients. Coastal Jersey Eye Center features an optical center, Classic Eyewear, which provides eyeglass frames and lenses to suit every style and budget.

For more information on eye exams or to schedule an appointment, call the Linwood office at 609-927-3373 or the Cape May Court House office at 609-465-7926. Visit us online at CoastalJerseyEye.com.

Coastal Jersey Eye Center Welcomes Optometrist Dr. Michael G. Miller

Michael G. Miller, OD – License# 27OA00693400, OM# 27OM00161000

LINWOOD (March 16, 2020) – Coastal Jersey Eye Center is pleased to welcome Michael G. Miller, OD, to help serve the eye care needs of Atlantic and Cape May county residents.

Dr. Miller examines, diagnoses, treats and manages diseases, injuries and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures. He also identifies related conditions affecting the eye and prescribes medications, vision therapy, eyeglasses and contact lenses.

“Dr. Miller brings a tremendous skill set and helps us continue to provide expert eye care services to our patients,” Dr. Stephen H. Uretsky, founder of Coastal Jersey Eye Center, said. “He cares deeply about helping patients and is committed to preserving their vision.”

Dr. Miller is a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania and earned his Doctorate of Optometry from New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA. He completed his Residency in Ocular Disease/Primary Eye Care at VA Boston Healthcare System, where he completed rotations at the Jamaica Plain VAMC, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Ophthalmic Consultant of Boston and Boston Foundation for Sight.

About Coastal Jersey Eye Center:

Dr. Stephen H. Uretsky is a board-certified eye doctor with 35 years of practice experience who specializes in comprehensive eye care. Dr. Michael G. Miller is a dedicated optometrist with a passion for helping correct vision loss in patients. Coastal Jersey Eye Center features an optical center, Classic Eyewear, which provides eyeglass frames and lenses to suit every style and budget. For more information on eye exams or to schedule an appointment, call the Linwood office at 609-927-3373 or the Cape May Court House office at 609-465-7926. Visit us online at CoastalJerseyEye.com.

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