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Eye care professional specializes in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision—many of which do not always have obvious symptoms. Optometrists know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses, both as eyeglass lenses and contact lenses.

Drs. Halim and Gambino take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

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Dr. Sally Halim

Owner/Optometric Physician - Lic. # 27OA00058800
Dr. Sally Halim grew up in Woodstown, NJ graduating 10th in her class from Woodstown High School. She went on to obtain a B.A. in Biology from Rutgers University. After college, Dr. Halim attended the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) where she earned a B.S. in Optical Sciences as well...
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Dr. Matthew Gambino

Associate Optometric Physician - Lic. # 27OA00693100
Dr. Matthew Gambino of Pedricktown, N.J, joined Village Eyecare in September, 2019.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rowan University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a dual minor in Spanish and Anthropology. While at Rowan, he received the anthropology award for academic excellence. In May of 2019, Dr. Gambino graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO). During his training at PCO, he received clinical honors at the Wilmington Delaware Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) and the Northeastern Eye Institute in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Currently, Dr. Gambino is completing a residency in Ocular Disease at the Wilmington VAMC while working as a part-time optometrist at Village Eyecare. He is a current member of the National Association of Veterans Affairs Optometrists, the American Academy of Optometry, the American Optometric Association, the Pennsylvania Optometric Association, and the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians. He is licensed to practice optometry in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Dr. Gambino is very passionate about all aspects of optometry, including ocular disease, contact lenses, primary care, and low vision. He is trained to diagnose, treat, and manage patients of all ages and backgrounds. He performs comprehensive eye exams with a holistic approach. He believes that each of his patients are unique and listens to their visual and functional needs for them to lead a happy, healthy life. In his spare time, Dr. Gambino loves to spend time with his girlfriend, Kimberly, and their pug, Fitzgerald. He enjoys traveling, sports, music, art, reading, and continuous learning.

COVID-19 News

 

 

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We are following recommendations from our governing body to postpone routine vision care, and are only opening the office to emergency patients at this time. Patients can reach the office by calling 856-832-4950 or emailing us at vec@sjvillageeyecare.com. We will be returning phone calls and emails in a timely manner.

In the meantime, here are some recommendations to stay healthy while we work through this:

Urgent/Emergency Eye Care:

⁃ Avoid urgent care and the hospitals for eye problems to keep the hospitals more available for COVID-19 care. Call or email our office for emergency eye care needs.

Vision Strain Awareness:

⁃ Children and adults alike are about to spend even more time than usual on their tablets, phones and computers and the risk of eye strain will consequently be much higher. To reduce the risk of eye strain, try to follow the “Rule of Twenty”; when performing prolonged near activities, do the following:

- Maintain a working distance of at least 20 inches (the further you hold things from your face the less focusing effort is required).

- Take a vision break every 20 minutes to look far away (at least 20 feet) for at least 20 seconds.

- For children, the break should be longer.

Social Distancing:

⁃ Help everyone stay safe by social distancing and eliminating unnecessary social interactions. This will make a huge difference in delaying the load on our hospital system so everyone has the best chance of surviving when they become infected with COVID-19

Contact Lens Care:

⁃ Remove your contact lenses nightly. Even if you've been told they are safe to sleep in and you've been doing it with no problems, this is not the time to get an eye infection.

⁃ When you remove your lenses be sure to clean them with designated contact lens cleaning solution, using fresh solution nightly. DO NOT USE WATER!

⁃ Keep your contact lens case clean! If you are having trouble finding cases or contact lens solution to purchase, we have some available at no charge.

⁃ Throw away your lenses on time. Acuvue Oasys lenses are designed to be thrown away every 2 weeks, while other brands such as Air Optix, Biofinity and are monthly disposable lenses. Daily disposable lenses are single use lenses and should be thrown away after every use. If you aren’t sure what your disposal schedule is supposed to be, contact us via email (vec@sjvillageeyecare.com) and we will be happy to help you.

⁃ If you are at risk of running out of contact lenses, our office can order you more and have them shipped directly to your home.

Emergency Glasses:

⁃ If you have the misfortune of breaking your glasses, contact us and we will do our best to get you an emergency pair as soon as possible.

Our office number is (856-832-4950) and our direct email address is vec@sjvillageeyecare.com. We check our messages and email regularly and will respond as soon as possible.

Wishing the best for you and your families and looking forward to working together during this crisis and into the future!