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The Staff

Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. They are excited about what they do, and they care personally about getting the best results for our patients. Our receptionists will try to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointments that suit your needs. We will help you understand your insurance coverage and if financial arrangements are necessary, we will be glad to help you develop a plan to make your vision care treatment possible. In addition, we will do our best to explain all of your options as far as eye wear and contact lenses. There are many options for every patient’s busy life style. Our knowledgeable staff will help guide you towards the products that will help address your needs.
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Karen Evinger

Office Manager
Karen joined our staff in 2012 after a decade of experience in the health care field.  With her extensive knowledge of insurance, Karen helps patients in understanding their benefits and verifies coverage ahead of time to ease the process.  She maintains the day to day operations of patient flow at...
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Kathy DeStefano

Dispensing Optician
Kathy, who joined our staff in 2012, has worked in the optical industry for over 25 years so we are thrilled to have her at our practice.  Her knowledge in frames and lenses is truly extensive.  In addition, Kathy has a unique ability to guide patients in selecting the best...
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Gina Froio

Dispensing Optician
Gina joined Village Eyecare in December of 2016 and assists patients in selecting their eye wear.  She has been in the optical industry since 1996.  Gina really enjoys working with people, especially helping them choose the best frames and lenses for their needs and life style.  She also has a great knack for finding frames that fit well and look fashionable.  In addition, Gina assists patients in maximizing their insurance benefits to ensure they are getting the best optical products for their visual needs. Gina grew up in Philadelphia and moved to New Jersey in July of 2003.  She currently resides in Blackwood with her husband Frank, and two children Madalynn and Frankie.  The family also has two cats and two dogs.
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Alex Owens

Reception/Optometric Technician
Alex joined the Village Eyecare team in June of 2017. He works at both the front desk, assisting patients with scheduling and checking in, as well as a technician, performing pretests and preparing the patients for Dr. Halim. Alex recently graduated from Rowan University with a B.A. in Communication Studies. He is currently pursuing ASL at Camden County College with the aspiration of becoming an interpreter. Alex has grown up in Logan Twp. where he has resided since 1993. He has two lovable dogs, Brutus and Taz, along with two great, supportive parents. Alex enjoys long walks on the beach, playing Frisbee, and having breakfast for dinner.

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!