Dr. Jim Ciccarello of EyeCare Associates provides primary eye care, fits contact lenses, and prescribes glasses for patients of all ages. The office’s five optometrists are available seven days a week in a convenient office adjacent to LensCrafters, an independent retail optician at Princeton Marketfair, and patients can schedule appointments online at www.icareassociates.com.

“We do the full scope of primary eyecare at the office,” says Dr. Ciccarello, “including screenings for glaucoma, cataracts, retinal problems, dry eye, allergies, eye infections, and any foreign bodies or scratches.” If he cannot resolve an issue, he will make a referral to the appropriate specialist.

The group’s large contact lens practice corrects for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism as well as presbyopia, a condition of aging where people need multifocal contact lenses for both distance and reading.

When prescribing contact lenses, Dr. Ciccarello weighs many factors. “We are very good at providing appropriate lenses for patients’ lifestyles and needs,” he says. One-day disposable lens, for example, allow young children and teens — as well as adults — to have the convenience of a fresh, brand new lens every day, with no worries about cleaning and care.

EyeCare Associates maintains a large diagnostic inventory of contact lenses of all types, including colored lenses. “Usually for an experienced contact lens wearer we have lenses the same day as the office visit,” he says.

The practice also offers emergency services. “We get many patients who may be doing things around the house and have gotten an object into the eye, and they may have a scratched eye,” says Dr. Ciccarello.

Following American Optometric Association guidelines, Dr. Ciccarello recommends that babies be examined at birth to 6 months by pediatric or neonatal specialists and children at age 3 before starting kindergarten. For both older children and adults, Dr. Ciccarello prefers a yearly appointment. “I recommend as a general rule an eye exam once a year to make sure the eyes are staying healthy and, if a person is wearing eye glasses or contact lens, that vision is comfortable, crisp, and appropriate,” he says, adding that diabetes patients must be examined at least once a year to rule out retinal or other issues.

Dr. Ciccarello sees children as young as three. “I always recommend for parents to have their children examined even if they don’t feel there are any vision problems,” he says. “We can pick up other things — the health of the eye and the ability of both eyes to function together to provide binocular vision or depth perception.”

Dr. Ciccarello, who has owned EyeCare Associates since January 2000, has been practicing for 14 years. He graduated in 1995 graduation from the Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in Ft. Lauderdale and has bachelor degrees in chemistry and biology from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

The office is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last appointments weekday between 7:30 and 8 p.m. The practice accepts insurance for Medicare, Aetna US Healthcare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and other vision plans as well.

Jim I. Ciccarello, O.D. & Eyecare Associates, located in the Princeton Market Fair. 609-520-1008. Fax: 609-520-9279. www.icareassociates.com.

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