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Q: I see fine, why do I need to see an Eye Doctor in Hoboken?

A: Regular eye exams are the only way to catch "silent" diseases such as diabetes, glaucoma and other conditions in their early stages, when they're more easily managed or treated. Many conditions can be discovered in a carefully planned eye exam. Those who consider mass-produced, over the counter reading glasses are truly doing themselves a disservice, both financially and medically
One-size-fits-all reading glasses not only do not work well for most people who have a different prescription in each eye, and/or astigmatism, or whose lens and frame parameters are not measured correctly, they bypass the opportunity to have their eyes checked for early detection of many manageable diseases or conditions. For those insisting on selecting glasses not measured specifically for their eyes, headaches and eye fatigue are common symptoms.

Q: How often Should my eyes be examined?
A: The American Optometric Association recommends that adults between the ages of 18 and 60 have their eyes examined about every two years and annually for those over 61 years. In most cases, Hoboken optometrists recommend contact lens wearers have their eyes examined annually.

Q: Are contact lenses right for me?
A: Contact lenses can be used to correct myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. If you wear bifocals or progressives, there are new disposable bifocal contacts lenses as well. Also, there is a wide variety of contact lenses available if you would like to change or enhance the color of your eyes. To determine if contact lenses are a suitable solution for vision correction or would change the color of your eyes (or both), your optometrist will perform a contact lens evaluation in addition to the comprehensive eye exam. During the contact lens fitting, the optometrist will make sure your eyes are healthy enough to wear contact lenses and will take measurements in order to prescribe the most beneficial and appropriate contact lenses for you and your lifestyle.

Q: How can I stop glare at night or at a computer?
A: There can be many causes for this condition. However, many times this problem can be alleviated, or even dismissed, with the use of "AR" (Anti Reflective) Lenses. First and foremost, however, annual or semi annual eye exams are the ONLY avenue to your eye health and the ONLY resource to ascertain the correct reason or cause for any eye ailment! That being said and once any medical or physical condition is removed as a possibility of cause, then the perfect solution for glare on computer screens, or glare from night driving would be AR (Anti Reflective) Lenses.

Q: Why are my lenses so thick?
A: Your prescription, your personal measurements, and the size of your frame are the three key factors that will determine final lens thickness. If you are farsighted your lenses will be thicker at their center, in contrast, if you are nearsighted your lenses will be thicker at their edges. New innovative technology in lens designs, and materials, have allowed us to reduce overall lens thickness by as much as 60% in many cases. Our staff will guide you toward the best possible results in helping you choose the best frame-lens combination for your ocular and fashion needs.

Q: What's the secret to getting glasses that look great on me?
A: We are fortunate to be staffed with fashion experts. They not only will assist you in your desire to get the "look" that is most flattering to your features and taste, but they will ensure that your new fashionable eyewear will function nicely with your needs and lifestyle as well. This is easier said than done. That is why we have a very knowledgeable staff dedicated specifically with you in mind.

Q: Does Eye Shoppe of Hoboken take medical insurance? Does it cover my eye exam, contact lenses, and/or eyeglasses in Hoboken?
A: Eye Shoppe is a participating provider for various vision care insurances. We are an In Network providers for Vision Service Plan (VSP), EyeMed, EyeMed-Aetna, Optum Health/Spectera, Davis Vision, Superior Vision, NVA, VBA, UFT and Medicare. When you contact our office, we will specifically check your individual insurance plan.
Vision insurance: Covers routine eye exams specific to how your eyes see with glasses and/or contact lenses.
Medical insurance: Covers medical health issues affecting your eyes. 

Q: I don’t have any vision insurance; can I still get an eye exam?
A: Yes you can be seen by our optometrist and pay out of pocket for the visit. Fortunately, some medical plans will allow you to see the doctor of your choice and submit your own claim for reimbursement. Eye Shoppe staff will provide you with an itemized receipt with the correct diagnosis codes and CPT codes necessary for filing your insurance paper work. It’s best if you check with your medical plan if they will reimburse you for out of network services by an optometrist.

Q: Do I need an optometrist, optician, or an ophthalmologist?
A: Both are eye doctors that diagnose and treat many of the same eye conditions. The American Optometric Association defines Doctors of Optometry as: primary health care professionals, who examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures as well as diagnose related systemic conditions. They prescribe glasses, contact lenses, low vision rehabilitation, vision therapy and medications as well as perform certain surgical procedures.
The main difference between the two, is that ophthalmologists perform surgery, where an optometrist would not, preferring to specialize in eye examinations, as well as eyeglass and contact lens related services.

Optometrists would be involved in all of the pre- and post-operative care of these patients; collecting accurate data, educating the patient, and insuring proper healing after the procedure. An ophthalmologist is more of a medical related specialist, who would need only to be involved if some kind of surgery was being considered. An optometrist can treat most any eye condition, including the use of topical or oral medications if needed. This might include the treatment of glaucoma, eye infections, allergic eye conditions and others, to name just a few.

A third "O" that often is overlooked is the optician. An optician is not a doctor, and they cannot examine your eye under their own license. However, a highly trained optician plays an indispensable role in the most successful eye doctors' offices. An optician most often handles the optical, contact lens, and glasses side of things. Based on their vast knowledge of lenses, lens technology and frames, they manufacture eyeglasses, as well as assist in the selection of eyewear, based on the requirements of each individual patient.

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