optometry services Brick Township, NJ
At Keelan Eye Care our team is dedicated to helping you see well today, tomorrow, and beyond. Our board-certified optometrists and ophthalmologists are available to provide each patient with a customized treatment plan, based on their specific needs. We offer both medical and surgical vision solutions to ensure any eye health issues you have are resolved.

To ensure good eye health and vision, we are very proud to offer the following services:

Our Optical Shop

If glasses are the order of the day, you will find we offer a wide array of frames, at all price points for you to choose from. We also have a wide array of lens options available, including completely customizable digital lenses. You can also try on our frames and find savings opportunities due to our great daily deals.

If you want contacts, we can help you find the right brand that suits your needs and budget. Our team is dedicated to helping you see clearly by providing the eye care services and solutions you need.

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Comprehensive Eye Exams Brick Township, NJ

Comprehensive Eye Exams

Taking care of your eye health and vision needs is an important part of the routine maintenance of your body. It is important to schedule eye exams each year. Contact Keelan Eye Care in Brick, NJ, to make an appointment with our optometrist for a vision exam. Here is some information about what you can expect during your eye examination to prepare you for the session with our optometry team.

Your History Will Be Evaluated

If you have been to an eye doctor in the past, obtain any paperwork about your appointments to give to our optometrist upon your arrival. This will give our optometrist the chance to look over previous care tactics, so that proper treatment can be administered during subsequent appointments. This also gives our eye doctor the chance to evaluate your vision from past to present and help determine whether you are experiencing any difficulties with your eyes. Be sure to alert our eye doctor about any medication you are taking as well as any additional health difficulties you have been experiencing.

Your Eyes Are Checked Over In Detail

Our optometrist will conduct a variety of tests to check your overall eye health. This includes looking into pieces of machinery and alerting our optometrist about what you are able to see clearly and what is more difficult to view. Illumination sources are used so that our optometrist can look at your eyes at a closer range. This will help our optometrist to identify medical conditions that require treatment as well as any abnormalities of the eyes. A vision screening will then be administered to check on your current prescription strength.

Vision Correction Services Are Provided

If you have difficulty seeing items clearly, it is likely our eye doctor will recommend obtaining corrective lenses to enhance your vision. We offer a wide variety of eyeglasses frames and will alert you about the different features in glass obtainable to meet your everyday needs. For those who prefer contact lenses, a fitting is required to ensure these tools will not slide out of place once they are inserted into your eyes. We also have several brands and styles of contact lenses available to choose from. Our optometry team will assist in the selection of corrective lenses so you can see perfectly.

If you are in need of an eye exam, contact Keelan Eye Care in Brick, NJ, to make an appointment with our optometrist. Call us today at 732-458-4800 to set up a session for a comprehensive eye and vision exam.

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contact lenses Brick Township, NJ

Contact Lenses

If you are considering contact lenses and you need an optometrist in Brick, NJ, then it is time to schedule an appointment at Keelan Eyecare. We strive to provide exceptional eye care to all our patients and one of our services is helping our patients navigate the world of contact lenses.  There are several common types of lenses and many brands that provide them; we are here to help you select the combination that works best for you, starting with a contact lens exam.

A contact lens exam is designed to address concerns specifically related to finding and wearing contact lenses.  While a comprehensive eye exam is still necessary to test for vision sharpness, eye pressure, and overall eye health, a contact lens exam is essential to ensuring your eyes can handle wearing contacts.  The most obvious difference between these two exams is that the lenses in eyeglasses sit several millimeters away from your eyes, while contacts sit directly on the surface.  A different set of measurements is taken to fit contacts, whether they are soft or hard lenses.

Types of Contact Lenses

When browsing types of contacts, you'll find two key types.  These are hard and soft lenses, with a few subsets existing for both.

Traditional hard lenses are all but obsolete; they were widespread before newer technologies allowed the development of softer lenses.  Modern hard lenses are called Gas Permeable (GP) lenses.  These lenses often provide sharper vision than soft contacts or even eyeglasses, but it can take a while for your eyes to adjust.

The most common types of soft contacts are daily wear and extended daily wear lenses.  Daily wear lenses are meant to be removed while you sleep.  Some of these are designed to be worn for one day only, while others only need to be switched once or twice a month.  Extended wear contacts can be worn while you sleep, but talk to one of our professional optometrists before considering this option, as there are increased risks.

Other soft contacts are toric lenses designed to correct astigmatism, and bifocal lenses to help remedy presbyopia.

Follow-Up Care with Contact Lenses

Follow-up care is critical for contact lens wearers, especially when testing lenses to find those that best suit you.  Every eye responds differently to contacts, and to prevent injury or irritation, it is highly recommended to have an optometrist examine how your eyes have adjusted.  At Keelan Eyecare, we make sure every patient receives individualized attention both when they are being fitted for contact lenses and during follow-up appointments.

No matter what reason you may be considering contact lenses, give us a call or schedule an appointmentwith an optometrist in our Brick, NJ office so we can guide you in your decision.

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Contact Lens Exams

Many people have gone to the eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam, but when the time comes, and they start to consider wearing contacts instead, they need to have a contact lens exam in addition to their comprehensive eye exam. While a comprehensive exam covers many important things, such as

  • Glaucoma testing
  • Vision sharpness
  • Eye teaming
  • Eye pressure
  • Overall eye health

In addition, our eye doctor at Keelan Eye Care can check for signs of regular health issues including diabetes and hypertension.

Contact Lens Exam Does More

There are still considerations that are specific to people who wear contacts, so a separate contact lens exam is needed. A contact lens exam goes beyond a regular exam and tests vision with contacts. It also checks your tear film to make sure your eyes can handle wearing traditional contacts.

The biggest difference is that contact lenses, whether traditional or a hard to fit variety, fit directly on your eyes, while eyeglasses rest 12 mm away from your eyes. A whole different set of measurements are necessary in order to give you the exam you need. In addition, most people still end up with backup eyeglasses and will need to be fitted for those as well.

Follow-Up Care with Contact Lenses

When you get contact lenses in Brick, NJ, it is important to have the follow-up care you need. To make sure all the measurements are correct, and your eyes are properly adjusted to the contacts. At Keen Eyecare in Brick, NJ, our staff makes sure to give each patient the attention they need when they are being fit for contact lenses.

Depending on how your eyes respond to your contacts, your experience wearing them, and if you have special needs when it comes to your contacts, such as a special tint or need to wear specialty contacts for an eye condition such as dry eye, need multifocal contacts,  or need scleral contacts that cover the whole eye, you may need to have some extra sessions with your eye doctor in order to get a long-lasting fit.

The decision to wear contact lenses is a personal choice, and not everyone's experience with contacts are the same. Some people are content with eyeglasses for their workdays but like to have contacts for social occasions or for sports activities, Others feel contacts are more professional for work but rest their eyes with glasses on the weekend. How you plan to wear your contact lenses plays a role in the type of lenses your eye doctor selects for you. To learn more, or to schedule your contact lens exam, contact Keelan Eyecare in Brick, NJ at (732) 458-4800!

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Hard To Fit Contact Lenses Brick Township, NJ

Hard To Fit Contact Lenses

Do you find wearing contact lenses impossible? Are your regular contacts painful or constantly uncomfortable? You are not alone. Due to a variety of factors such as individual eye shape, specific conditions, impairments, or the aftermath of surgery, some patients are considered to have more difficulty wearing contacts than others.

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Macular Degeneration Brick Township, NJ

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a deterioration of the central portion of the retina, the inside layer of the eye that records the images we see and sends them through the optic nerve from the eye to the brain for processing. The macula, or the center of the retina, is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye and controls our ability to see and process information.

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Cataracts Brick Township, NJ

Cataracts

Cataracts cause a clouding of the lens in the eye, making your vision appear to be foggy. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40 and are the leading cause of blindness in the world.

Your eyes are meant to naturally adjust to normal light changes, adjust focus, and allow us to see both near and far. Your lens is primarily made up of water and proteins. The proper arrangement of these proteins is what contributes to normal vision. Some of these proteins clump together forming a clouding of the lens.

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Glaucoma Brick Township, NJ

Glaucoma

What Is Glaucoma and How Does an Optometrist Treat It?
Glaucoma is a serious eye disorder that can lead to permanent loss of sight. Having regular eye exams at your eye doctor can catch this condition in its early stages and save your sight. The professional service that you will receive at Keelan Eye Care in Brick Township, NJ is a first line of defense of saving your sight from glaucoma. You will benefit from the expert skill of Dr. Patrick Keelan and Dr. Martha Nguyen-Keelan as they help to preserve and improve your vision.

What Does it Mean to Have Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye disorder that usually occurs due to an improperly high pressure that exists within your eye(s). This high pressure can cause damage to your optic nerve. Since the optic nerve is the channel of communication between your eye and brain, damage to the optic nerve can cause unrepairable vision loss.

Fluid inside of your eye keeps it lubricated and functioning properly. New fluid is naturally produced, and the old fluid is released through a drainage system out the front of your eye. If your eye overproduces fluid or the drainage system stops functioning properly, then pressure can start to build up within your eye.

Symptoms of Glaucoma

Negative effects occurring in the early stages of glaucoma can be so gradual that you may not realize that vision changes are taking place. To keep permanent damage from happening to your optic nerve, it is important to have regular eye exams. A simple pressure test, usually the "puff of air" test, can let your optometrist know if the early stages of glaucoma are developing. Here are a few symptoms you can stay on the lookout for:

      • Tunnel vision
      • Patchy blind spots in either your central or peripheral vision
      • Blurred vision
      • Halos around light sources
      • Eye redness
      • Nausea and vomiting
      • Bad headaches

Treatment for Glaucoma

Treatment for your glaucoma is dependent upon what is causing it. Your treatment regimen will most likely be a permanent part of your life. Even though lost vision cannot be restored, further vision loss can be slowed or prevented altogether.

A common treatment for glaucoma is prescription eye drops. These eyedrops either will decrease the production of eye fluid or improve the draining process. Depending on your situation, more than one type of eyedrop may be prescribed. Use the eye drops in complete compliance with the instructions from your eye doctor.

In some instances, an oral medication may be prescribed. Be sure to discuss the possible side effects of these medications with your optometrist.

Surgery may be necessary in some cases. Clogged drainage channels can be opened up with laser surgery. Drainage tubes can also be placed in your eye to help with drain blockage issues. Other glaucoma surgeries are available to help reduce eye pressure or are performed during emergencies.

Regular Eye Checkups Important in Fight Against Glaucoma

Optic nerve damage can lead to blindness. It is therefore imperative to have regular eye exams so that glaucoma can be caught at an early stage. These regular exams are also important if glaucoma has already been discovered in your eyes. Your glaucoma can be monitored, and aggressive treatment can help to reduce the damage it could cause. You can trust the skilled optometrists at Keelan Eye Care in Brick Township, NJ to care for your eyesight. Make an appointment with us today to protect your vision of tomorrow.

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Computer Vision Brick Township, NJ

Computer Vision

Computer Vision is a relatively new term within the optometry field and refers to eye problems associated with the prolonged use of computers and electronics that utilize a digital screen. Although it can be temporary, there are times when computer vision can strain the eyes to a degree that permanently affects your vision as well. An existing eye condition can worsen as the eyes try to focus and adjust to a computer screen, and precautions should be taken if you spend long hours in front of a computer screen.

If you have been experiencing blurry vision, dry eyes, eye strain, headaches, neck or back pain, try adjusting the lighting, posture, and the distance in front of your computer screen. If computer vision symptoms persist, call us to request an appointment, we will perform a full evaluation.

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Hyperopia Brick Township, NJ

Hyperopia

Farsightedness, known as hyperopia, makes it difficult to see objects close by. If you are experiencing farsightedness, corrective lenses such as glasses or contact lenses will be prescribed. After a thorough examination, we will determine the prescription that’s best for you.

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Myopia Control Brick Township, NJ

Myopia Control

Nearsightedness, known as myopia, makes it difficult to see objects from afar. If you are experiencing nearsightedness, corrective lenses such as glasses or contact lenses will be prescribed. After a thorough examination, we will determine the prescription that’s best for you.

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LASIK Brick Township, NJ

LASIK

LASIK stands for laser in-situ keratomileusis and is a popular surgery to correct vision problems. LASIK can help people who are nearsighted or farsighted, as well those who have astigmatism.

LASIK works by reshaping the cornea with a laser, which allows light to be correctly focused onto the retina. A laser is used to create a small flap in the cornea, which is peeled back so another laser can reshape the cornea. The flap is then placed back and the surgery is complete.

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Diabetic Eye Care Brick Township, NJ

Diabetic Eye Care

Diabetes can affect more than just your blood sugar. It can also do some damage to your eyes if you are not careful.

Diabetic eye disease can cause vision loss if you are not careful. It can cause you to have trouble with everyday tasks even if you have regular glasses or contacts. It can even cause blindness.

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Surgery Co-Management Brick Township, NJ

Surgery Co-Management

If you are interested in laser surgery, we will begin with a comprehensive eye examination, which will let us know more about you and your needs. We may have to perform some testing to properly diagnose your eye conditions. During this time, the surgeon and staff will go over what you can expect before, during and after the procedure; we want to make sure to give you realistic answers for your unique vision.

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Dry Eye Treatment Brick Township, NJ

Dry Eye Treatment

Keelan Eyecare is proud to offer dry eye treatment for our patients. Ocular Surface Disease, also known as dry eye, can occur from certain medications, naturally by aging, or as a symptom arising from systemic diseases such as Sjogren's syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis, or Lupus. If you have a minor case of dry eye, you may be experiencing irritation, excessive tearing, fluctuating vision, and/or a burning sensation in your eyes. Excessive dry eyes, or dry eye symptoms that go untreated, have the potential to damage eye tissue, scar your corneas, and impair your vision.

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Sunglasses

When you step out of your house and into a dazzlingly bright sky, your first reflex might be to reach for a pair of sunglasses. These handy accessories not only block glare, but they also help you express your personal style while you're out and about. Prescription sunglasses are also critical for protecting your eyes against dangerous radiation while ensuring that any refractive errors are properly corrected. Here at Keelan Eyecare, our Brick NJ optometrist can make sure you're fitted with sunglasses that are as protective and functional as they are elegant.

Why the Right Sunglasses Matter

The sun is a necessary element for life on Earth, but it can also cause some serious health problems, including problems for your eyes. Ultraviolet radiation in the form of UVA and UVB rays penetrate the Earth's atmosphere even on cloudy days. The mildest form of damage these rays cause is irritating eye "sunburn" called photokeratitis, or snow blindness. They can, however, also lead to cataracts and macular degeneration, both potential causes of blindness.

Donning a pair of sunglasses may sound like a simple enough solution. Unfortunately, you won't necessarily be getting the UV protection your eyes need from just any pair of sunglasses, even a really dark-tinted pair. If the lenses haven't been made to block 99 to 100 percent of ultraviolet rays, they may actually be doing your eyes more harm than good. That's because the dark tint blocks enough visible light to dilate your pupils, letting in even more of those hazardous UV rays.

Prescription Sunglasses in a Variety of Stunning Styles

You can rely on the experts when choosing a pair of sunglasses, and our two optometrists at Keelan Eyecare are the experts. We provide sunglasses that are rated UV 400, which guarantees that they block the entire UV spectrum. Our thorough eye and vision exams allow us to create prescription sunglasses that correct your vision just as successfully as your everyday glasses do. Your sunglasses will also make you look wonderful. Our impressive optical showroom features frames from leading designers in all kinds of colors, shapes and styles. You'll find that your sunglasses from Keelan Eyecare give you all the protection, comfort and stylishness that you want, and none of the UV exposure that you don't.

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Common Eye Injuries

Eye injuries can happen in a split second, leaving you in pain and without the ability to see clearly. You may also end up wondering just what to do and who to call for care. Thankfully, your eye doctor at Keelan Eyecare in Brick Township, New Jersey, is here to help. We can diagnose and treat a wide range of eye injuries, including:

Corneal Abrasion

All it takes is a quick rub of your eye to end up with a corneal abrasion. A grain of sand, bit of dirt, or even contact lenses can scratch the surface of your cornea, resulting in this injury.

When that happens, you might notice:

  • Pain
  • Excessive tearing
  • Redness
  • Light sensitivity

If you do not get care right away, the small abrasion could get infected and turn into a corneal ulcer putting you in a world of hurt.

Traumatic Iritis

Traumatic iritis often happens due to blunt force trauma, such as getting hit in the eye by a ball. The trauma results in swelling of the iris, instantly making your vision blurry. As your eye swells up, it might feel painful as well.

The inflammation should resolve in two to three days, though that is not always the case. If the swelling continues for too long, it could permanently damage the eye, so it is important to get care from your Brick Township, NJ, eye doctor right away.

Chemical Burns

If chemicals splash into your eyes, you need to immediately rinse them out and come in to see an eye doctor. Depending on the makeup of the chemicals, you can end up with burns that make the cornea swell up. The burns can take up to 24 hours to develop and result in permanent damage without prompt care.

Your eye doctor may prescribe eye drops or ointments to promote healing and protect your eye. For the best chance at making a full recovery, make sure to use the prescribed medications as directed and come in for your scheduled rechecks.

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Scratched Cornea

A scratched cornea is one of the most common eye injuries. Here are three frequently asked questions answered by Dr. Martha Nguyen-Keelan and Dr. Patrick Keelan of Keelan Eyecare in Brick Township, NJ.

What is a scratched cornea?

If you have ever suffered a corneal abrasion, also known as a scratched cornea, there is no doubt you’re aware of it. Your cornea is filled with nerve endings that send an alarm to your brain as soon as you get something in your eye. A simple fallen eyelash can feel like a log into your eye.

A scratched cornea isn't like getting an eyelash turned under your eyelid or a speck of dust in your eye. A scratched cornea involves an injury to the surface protecting your eye, and it will be painful until it heals. Every time you blink you will feel pain because your eyelid passes over the surface of your eye. Healing can take up to a week, and during that time you will experience watery eyes, redness, increased sensitivity to light, blurry vision, decreased vision, and headaches. Sometimes these symptoms don't begin until several hours after your injury, but sometimes they start right away.

What causes a scratched cornea?

Most of the time our eyelashes do a good job of keeping abrasive particles out of our eyes, and tears flush potentially injurious particles away. However, from time to time, anything from fingernails to pet claws to makeup brushes to sports equipment can injure your eyes. Children, teens, and adults of all ages can experience scratched corneas.

What should I do about a scratched cornea?

There are some things that are always a good idea for treating a scratched cornea:

  • Rinsing your eyes with saline solution.
  • Blink regularly.
  • Wear sunglasses if you are sensitive to light.
  • Call your optometrist immediately.

And there are other things that are never a good idea when you have a scratched cornea:

  • Rubbing your eye.
  • Trying to remove foreign objects from your eye with tweezers or a Q-tip or even a cotton swab.
  • Wearing contact lenses.
  • Putting a patch over your eye unless your eye doctor tells you to.

It's always better to see your optometrist sooner rather than later. For a minor abrasion to your cornea, the optometrist may just send you home with lubricating drops to reduce pain and inflammation while your cornea heals on its own. In some cases, your eye doctor will place a special silicone contact lens over your eye to act as a "bandage lens" while your eye heals. You absolutely, positively, must follow the instructions your doctor gives you for home eye care and you must make and keep appointments for follow-up care.

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Call Us for Professional Service and Friendly Care

When it comes to eye care services in Brick, NJ, we know there are more than a few service providers to choose from. However, when you choose our team, you will find our entire staff is dedicated to ensuring your good vision. We can provide you with the treatment and diagnosis that you need and accept many forms of insurance to ensure that the treatment you need is affordable.

To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (732) 458-4800.