Cranford Ophthalmology
Joseph Calderone, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.
Richard M. Chopin, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Two South Avenue East, Suite One
Cranford, NJ 07016

Phone: (908) 276-EYES (3937)
Fax: (908) 276-3174

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Dr. Joseph P. Calderone, Jr. is a premier New Jersey ophthalmologist. The frank discussions he has with his patients and the time he spends listening to their concerns, needs, and goals for treatment allow Dr. Calderone to give sound advice and provide the best possible treatment for each individual. Dr. Richard M. Chopin also brings his skill and expertise to Cranford Ophthalmology.

Dr. Calderone offers an array of procedures so he can provide each patient with the treatment that is right for them. By doing so, he not only improves patients’ vision by providing expert cataract surgeries, he also deals extensively with dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and the diagnosis and treatment of many types of eye ailments. Dry eye syndrome is becoming an increasing problem as the population ages into their thirties and beyond. Dr. Calderone is a regional expert in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye syndrome, explaining to patients what they can do to address their own problems with the consequences of tear film insufficiency. He was the first physician in New Jersey to offer LipiFlow™ Thermal Pulsation therapy for evaporative dry eye syndrome, the most common form of the disease.

Dr. Calderone is an expert provider of cataract surgery and introduced a clear corneal small incision cataract surgical technique to three area institutions. Through regular eye examinations, Dr. Calderone helps bring about the early detection of cataracts to stop the vision loss that they cause. Cataract surgery is not the only option for those suffering from this disease, but when blurred vision gets in the way of daily life; it is many times the best one. Cataract surgery involves the removal of a cataract clouded lens of the eye and its replacement with an intraocular lens. This new lens is permanent, freeing the patient from the restrictions of blurred vision, especially with the availability of premium intraocular lenses, which address problems with astigmatism and reading difficulties. Drs. Calderone and Chopin analyze each individual case, thoroughly discuss the goals of the patient, and help recommend the best course of action.

As an experienced provider of LASIK, PRK, and LASEK, Dr. Calderone is able to reduce or eliminate his patients’ dependence on glasses and contact lenses. Dr. Calderone and his professional staff believe LASIK should only be done the right way for the right person. The decision to undergo LASIK or any other vision correction procedure is an important one. By being an expert in LASIK and other procedures that improve patients’ vision quality while not attempting to sell them to everyone who walks through the door, Dr. Calderone and his staff at Cranford Ophthalmology can be trusted to recommend the course of treatment that is best for you. If In fact, there are almost no insurance plans which cover LASIK.patients seeking refractive surgery are not suitable candidates for LASIK or other refractive procedures, Drs. Calderone and Chopin are able to provide them with comfortable contact lenses or fashionable eyeglasses in their optical shop, The Cranford Lens & Frame Shop.

If a patient is seeking refractive surgery and is not a suitable candidate for LASIK, Drs. Calderone and Chopin are able to provide them with comfortable contacts or fashionable eyeglasses in his optical shop.

What are the symptoms of dry eye syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome can have many symptoms. The feeling of dryness, itchiness, scratchiness, burning, foreign body sensation, tiredness in addition to tearing, blurry vision, redness, inability to wear contact lenses, and other symptoms can all arise from dry eye syndrome.

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What sort of therapy is there for dry eye syndrome?

Artificial tears, lubricating ointment, certain nutritional supplements, blinking exercises, eyelid margin & eyelash hygiene, prescription eye drops and medication, and LipiFlow™ Thermal Pulsation therapy are all therapies available for dry eye syndrome. After an evaluation, Drs. Calderone & Chopin will tailor the recommended therapy towards the specific characteristics of the individual’s dry eye syndrome.

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Am I a good candidate for LASIK?

A good candidate for LASIK is anyone who asks, 'What are my options if I can't stand wearing or am no longer able to wear glasses and contact lenses?' If you ever ask yourself this question, then you are a potential candidate for LASIK and a pre-operative evaluation with Dr. Calderone will help determine if you can obtain the results you desire.

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Is LASIK surgery covered by my insurance?

LASIK is not covered by the majority of insurance policies because it is considered an elective surgery. In fact, there are almost no insurance plans which cover LASIK. There are, however, various LASIK financing options available for most patients.

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How common are cataracts?

More than 20 million Americans who are 40-years-old and older have cataracts while more than half the people who are 80-years-old have cataracts. Because so many people are afflicted with cataracts, they serve as the primary reason for reduced vision capabilities among older adults in the United States. Additionally, cataracts can be found in younger people and even newborns.

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Is it possible to prevent glaucoma?

Though there aren’t any known ways of preventing glaucoma, it is possible to prevent the blindness that can result from glaucoma. By undergoing tonometry, dilated exams, and visual field screening tests during eye examinations to recognize glaucoma early on, blindness can be avoided.

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How often should I receive a general eye examination?

Because conditions such as glaucoma can creep in undetected, scheduling regular eye exams with an ophthalmologist like Dr. Calderone or Dr. Chopin before the age of 30 may be your best defense. Though these recommendations are a general guide, you should consult with your ophthalmologist to learn how often you should schedule an exam.

  • Before the age of 30: as recommended by Dr. Calderone
  • 30s and 40s: every two years
  • 50s and 60s: every year or two
  • 70 or older: every year
  • Diabetic patients: every year

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What are premium intraocular lenses?

The intraocular lens replaces the natural lens in the eye, which becomes the cataract and is removed from the eye during cataract surgery. A properly selected standard intraocular lens minimizes dependence upon distance glasses. However, if there is astigmatism, or if the individual desires to see up close for reading, additional spectacle correction would be needed. Premium intraocular lenses address astigmatism or reading needs, further reducing the dependence on spectacle correction after surgery.

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