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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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Smartphones and Sun Exposure Can Speed Up Macular Degeneration

A new study claims that blue light emitted from digital devices, including smartphones and tablets, may lead to macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is an incurable eye disease that leads to significant vision loss in people age 50 or older and the leading cause of blindness in the U.S.

While this study makes a connection between blue light and vision loss later in life, more research is needed to determine how much natural and man-made blue light is "too much."

According to the Vision Council, nearly one-third of adults spend more than half their waking hours using a digital device. Even more alarming, nearly 32% of adults do not take any action to reduce digital eye strain.

According to this study, repeated exposure to blue light and the sun can cause retinal molecules to trigger reactions in the eye, which generate poisonous chemical molecules in photoreceptor cells and kills them. These cells do not regenerate.

A condition associated with blue light exposure is Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). CVS manifests through fatigue, headaches, blurred vision and other non-specific symptoms. Researchers also found when people use digital devices in the evening, it increases the prevalence of sleep disorders.

Fortunately, sunglasses or other task-specific eyewear that filter UV and blue light can protect the eyes. If selecting blue light-blocking lenses, be aware that most varieties distort color perception.

DuraVision BlueProtect by ZEISS Vision Care offers an exceptional anti-reflective coating with excellent light transmission that deflects the most harmful wavelengths without interfering with the body’s circadian rhythm, your natural sleep/wake cycle.

Visit your ophthalmologist for a comprehensive eye exam to evaluate your symptoms and an optical expert to fill your prescription for the appropriate task specific eyewear.

September 4, 2018

Shedding Light on Nighttime Driving Glasses

With this month’s look at task-specific eyewear, we’ll be discussing glare-reducing driving glasses ­and how they can help motorists combat distracting light glare and unwanted strain.

A recent survey confirmed what most of us already know ­­– nighttime glare decreases vision and causes discomfort.  About a third of respondents experienced difficulty visualizing road signs and judging distances, the study noted.  Over half said headlights were particularly bothersome while 50% experienced glare and light sensitivity.

The most common cause of night driving problems is the need for glasses. Improving clarity obviously enhances safety on the road.  Glasses containing a high-quality anti-reflective (AR) coating substantially reduces glare and haloes.  Our optical staff at Classic Eyewear strongly encourages the use of AR coating for all our patients’ eyewear.

There are several other causes of nighttime difficulty, the most common of which is cataracts.  Even mild cataracts which otherwise are not bothersome can cause very significant glare and haloes while night driving.  As cataracts progress, many people stop driving altogether.  Cataract surgery promptly relieves this problem and, of course, improves vision for reading, television watching and all other activities.

Another common cause of nighttime vision problems is Dry Eye Disease.  By disturbing the surface of the eye, vision decreases and glare increases.  Prompt treatment of this disorder not only improves vision, both night and day, but also improves the discomfort and pain that often occurs in dry eye sufferers.

Safely reaching your destination is always our goal. The doctors and staff of the Coastal Jersey Eye Center are here to help you stay sharp behind the wheel!

August 1, 2018