ophthalmology, ophthalmologist
 

Comprehensive Eye Care Services

eye care, cataractWe provide comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages. Our services include not only laser vision correction and small-incision cataract surgery but also treatments for a range of conditions such as glaucoma, the diabetic eye, dry eye and macular degeneration.

Regular eye exams are an invaluable tool in maintaining your eyes' health by detecting and preventing disease. Some diseases develop slowly without causing pain or vision loss. Early detection of any problems can reduce the risk of further harm and allow for a choice of treatment options. At Northern Ophthalmic Associates we are equipped with the latest technology -- such as the OCT III imaging device for glaucoma and retina assessment -- so we can detect problems as they develop and ensure that your eyes remain healthy.

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Glaucoma

Gglaucoma, sltlaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the U.S. It occurs when the pressure inside the eye rises, damaging the optic nerve and causing vision loss. The condition often develops over many years without causing pain – so you may not experience vision loss until the disease has progressed.

Symptoms include blurred vision, loss of peripheral vision, halo effects around lights, and painful or reddened eyes. People at the greatest risk include those who are over the age of 40, diabetic, near-sighted, African-American, or who have a family history of glaucoma.

Once diagnosed, glaucoma can be controlled. Treatments to lower pressure in the eye include non-surgical methods such as prescription eye drops and medications, laser therapy, and surgery.

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) is an advanced laser system that improves the flow of fluid in the eye, lowering eye pressure for patients with glaucoma.

Using a focused, narrow wavelength, SLT targets specific cells of the eye -- those containing melanin, a natural pigment -- leaving surrounding cells intact. The procedure is painless and has no side effects, although patients are given anti-inflammatory eye drops before and after treatment. Eye pressure may drop as quickly as a day after the procedure.

For more information about SLT, visit www.glaucomaSLT.com


Diabetic Eye Evaluation & Care

diabetic retinopathy, eye carePatients with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing eye diseases that can cause vision loss and blindness, such as diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma. These and other serious conditions often develop without vision loss or pain, so significant damage may be done to the eyes by the time the patient notices any symptoms. For this reason it is very important for diabetic patients to have their eyes examined once a year. Diagnosing and treating eye disease early can prevent vision loss. It is also important to maintain a steady blood-sugar level, take prescribed medications, follow a healthy diet, exercise regularly and avoid smoking.

Dr. Sardi provides in-office injections for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy.

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Dry Eye

dry eyeDry eye can make a person's eyes dry, red, or irritated. In addition to being uncomfortable, it can damage the eye's tissues and impair vision.

People usually begin experiencing dry eye symptoms as they age, but the condition can also result from certain medications, conditions or injuries. The eyes may become dry and irritated because the tear ducts don't produce enough tears, or because the tears themselves have a chemical imbalance.

Dry eye is not preventable, but it can be controlled before harm is done to your eyes. Non-surgical treatments include blinking exercises, increasing humidity at home or work, and use of artificial tears or moisturizing ointment. If these methods fail, small punctal plugs may be inserted in the corners of the eyes to limit tear drainage, or the drainage tubes in the eyes may be surgically closed.

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Macular Degeneration

macular degenerationThe macula is a part of the retina that ensures that our central vision is clear and sharp. Macular degeneration is the number-one cause of blindness in the U.S. Regular eye exams are highly recommended to detect macular degeneration early and prevent permanent vision loss.

Symptoms often associated with macular degeneration include:

  • A gradual loss of ability to see objects clearly
  • A gradual loss of color vision
  • Distorted vision
  • A dark or empty area appearing in the center of vision

There are two kinds of macular degeneration: "wet" and "dry." The "wet" form can be treated in its early stages.

LUCENTIS

LUCENTIS is a revolutionary treatment designed to slow vision loss in patients with neovascular ("wet") age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This is an FDA-approved treatment specifically developed for the treatment of wet AMD, It works by stopping the body from producing VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor), a chemical that makes abnormal blood vessels grow. This not only preserves the vision patients have now, it also may prevent future vision loss. LUCENTIS injections are given in a series of treatments spaced six weeks apart for a time determined by Dr. Sardi.

For more information, visit LUCENTIS's website at www.lucentis.com

Avastin™

Avastin™ is a medication that can reduce swelling in the macula, prevent further vision loss and even improve vision for some patients with AMD. It works by stopping the body from producing VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor), a chemical that makes abnormal blood vessels grow. Avastin was originally developed to treat colorectal cancer and is FDA-approved for that purpose. However, studies have shown that Avastin can also effectively treat AMD and related eye conditions, and many ophthalmologists now offer it to their patients. Avastin is given in a series of injections about 4-6 weeks apart.

For more information about Avastin, visit www.avastin.com


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Optical Shop & Contact Lens

 

Optical Shop Hours:

Jenkintown

Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri - 8:30 AM to 5 PM
Wed - 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM
Sat - 8:00 AM to 1 PM

Norristown

Mon, Tue, Wed - 8:30 AM to 5 PM
Thurs - 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Fri - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Center One Office

Mon - 1 PM to 5 PM
Tues - 8:30 AM to 5 PM
*Except 4th Tuesday -
1 PM to 5 PM*
Thu - 8:30 AM to 5 PM

General Office Hours

We are pleased to offer our patients a full-service optical shop at each of our locations. Our skilled, certified opticians have over 20 years' experience in eyeglass fitting to meet the needs of all our patients. In addition, we offer the latest in lens technology and we have a full-service edging and finishing lab on the premises.

Our optical shop has over 800 frames including many designer frames (Calvin Klein, Burberry, Versace, Gucci, Fendi, DKNY, Kate Spade, Armani, Silhouette and more). We also provide the latest in progressive lens selection and fitting with brands such as Varilux, Definity II, Sola Products, Zeiss and more. A full range of lens options and state-of-the-art coatings are available with high-index lenses and anti-reflective coatings.

All types of contact lenses are available including disposable, gas permeable, daily wear soft and extended wear soft lenses. We also carry specialty contact lenses.

Stop in our optical shop and see the difference our personalized service can make for you!

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