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[vc_nested_accordion top_margin=”none”][vc_nested_accordion_tab title=”1. What is the difference between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist?” tab_id=”1427291321-1-61″]

Ophthalmologists provide comprehensive eye care, including medical, surgical and optical care. They must complete four years of premedical college, four years of medical school, one year of internship and three years of medical and surgical training in eye care. Optometrists are different from ophthalmologists.

Optometrists are specifically educated in an accredited optometry college for four years, but they do not attend medical school. Optometrists may diagnose eye conditions; however, they are not licensed to perform surgical eye treatment procedures.

[/vc_nested_accordion_tab][vc_nested_accordion_tab title=”2. When should my child’s eyes be examined?” tab_id=”1427291321-2-52″]

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that the first vision screening be conducted for a newborn prior to being discharged from the hospital. Visual function will be monitored by your child’s pediatrician during well-child exams (usually at two, four and six months of age). If there are any signs of an eye condition, your child may be referred to an ophthalmologist.

Beginning at three years of age (and yearly after five years of age), amblyopia (poor vision in an otherwise normal appearing eye), refractive and alignment screenings should take place.

If you notice any signs of decreased vision or misalignment of the eye, please contact us for a complete eye examination.

[/vc_nested_accordion_tab][vc_nested_accordion_tab title=”3. What does an eye doctor do during an eye exam?”]

Eye exams may vary from person to person, but here are a few common things we may do during a routine exam:

  • Fully review your family history of eye health
  • Determine your visual acuity
  • Confirm your intraocular pressure
  • Examine your pupils’ response to light
  • Dilate your eyes to properly examine the posterior structures of the eye
[/vc_nested_accordion_tab][vc_nested_accordion_tab title=”4. Will I be able to drive after the exam?”]

Yes.  However, if we dilate your eyes and the Sun is out, you will need sunglasses, as your eyes will be sensitive to light.  If you have any doubts, please make arrangements for transportation.

[/vc_nested_accordion_tab][vc_nested_accordion_tab title=”5. How long does an eye dilation last? “]

2-4 hours, typically.

[/vc_nested_accordion_tab][vc_nested_accordion_tab title=”6. What is refraction?”]

The refraction test, also termed vision test, is an examination that tests an individual’s ability to see an object at a specific distance. The test involves looking through a device called a phoropter to read letters or recognize symbols on a wall chart through lenses of differing strength which are contained within the device. (During this process, the eye doctor will ask you “Which is better…one or two?”).

This test is performed as part of a normal eye examination to determine whether an individual has normal vision. It is also used to determine the prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses.

[/vc_nested_accordion_tab][vc_nested_accordion_tab title=”7. I read the Refraction Fee policy. Why do I need to pay an additional fee for checking my eyeglass prescription?”]

Any reasonable person would say that refraction (checking the eyes for glass prescription) is an essential part of a complete eye exam.  Unfortunately, Medicare considers this a routine test and therefore does not approve it making it a non-covered service. Since Medicare doesn’t cover it, many commercial insurance companies follow suit and also consider it a non-covered service. Simply put, this fee represents another way for 3rd party insurers to shift more cost to patients.  This fee is universal to all eye care practices.

[/vc_nested_accordion_tab][vc_nested_accordion_tab title=”8. I have a family member with (Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, cataracts, glasses). Do I need an eye exam?”]

It is recommended to have yearly eye exams in childhood and adulthood. It’s wise to have regular eye exams in your forties, but if there is a family history of any eye disease, it may be important to have more frequent check-ups.

[/vc_nested_accordion_tab][vc_nested_accordion_tab title=”9. Why do you always ask me what medications I am taking? Things I take that aren’t prescription don’t matter…”]

Medications, prescriptions, vitamins etc. can affect the health of the eyes, and also indicate to the eye care provider what the patient is being treated for.

[/vc_nested_accordion_tab][vc_nested_accordion_tab title=”10. What services are offered at the New Jersey Eye Center?”]

The New Jersey Eye Center offers comprehensive eye care services. From routine eye exams, to treatment of glaucoma, retinal issues and cataracts. We also have a full service optical shop and an accredited ambulatory surgical center for cataract surgery.

[/vc_nested_accordion_tab][vc_nested_accordion_tab title=” 11. Can you tell me about your Ambulatory Surgical Center and the services offered?”]

New Jersey Eye Center is accredited by AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care) and has a philosophy of patient focused care in a quality and safety oriented environment. Our size allows us the opportunity to be responsive and innovative and to provide very personalized care utilizing a team approach. While we have state-of-the-art facilities and technology, it is the dedication and experience of our staff and incredible doctors and surgeons that is the secret to our success.

We realize that undergoing an operation may be an uneasy experience for many of our patients. Therefore, through our values of Compassion, Attitude, Respect, Excellence and Service we strive to make their visit as pleasant, comfortable and successful as possible. These values drive our organization. Our surgical department is dedicated to the specialty of Ophthalmology and cataract surgery.

[/vc_nested_accordion_tab][vc_nested_accordion_tab title=”12. What hours is the New Jersey Eye Center open?”]

We are open Monday through Saturday. Our doctors are here from early morning to late evening on most days and we can accommodate any schedule.