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I see fine, why do I need to see an Eye Doctor?

How often should my eyes be examined?

Are contact lenses right for me? 

How can I stop glare at night or at a computer?

Why are my lenses so thick?

What's the secret to getting glasses that look great on me?

Does Jonathan Marx Opticians take medical insurance? Does it cover my eye exam, contact lenses, and/or eyeglasses?

I don’t have any vision insurance; can I still get an eye exam?

Do I need an optometrist, optician, or an ophthalmologist?



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It's important that you schedule regular eye exams as they 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 of these conditions can be discovered in a comprehensive eye exam. Those who buy mass-produced, over the counter reading eyeglasses in Hoboken / Jersey City are truly doing themselves a disservice, both financially and medically as there could be an underlying problem that is being missed.
One-size-fits-all reading glasses not only don't work well for a lot of people because they may have a different prescriptions 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 wearing glasses not measured specifically for their eyes, headaches and eye fatigue can develop.

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The American Optometric Association suggests that adults between the ages of 18 and 60 have their eyes examined about every two years and annually for those over 61 years. If you wear contact lenses then it should be every year.


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Contact lenses can be used to correct myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. If you wear progressives or bifocals then the good news is there are new disposable bifocal contacts lenses as well. Also, if you are looking for something with functionality as well as a cosmetic change, there is a wide variety of contact lenses available if you want to change or enhance the color of your eyes. If interested in contact lenses, contact your Hoboken / Jersey City optometrist so they can perform a contact lens evaluation when you go in for your comprehensive eye exam. During the contact lens fitting, the optometrist always makes sure your eyes are healthy enough to wear contact lenses and will even take measurements so you're prescribed the most beneficial and appropriate contact lenses to fit you and your lifestyle.


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There can be many causes for this glare however, many times this problem can be alleviated, or even avoided, with the use of "AR" (Anti Reflective) Lenses. First and foremost, however, make sure to regularly schedule annual or semi-annual eye exams as they are 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 by your Hoboken / Jersey City eye doctor as a possibility of the cause, then the perfect solution for glare on computer screens, or glare from night driving would be AR (Anti Reflective) Lenses.

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There are 3 main factors to determine your lens thickness.  These are: your prescription, your personal measurements, and the size of your frame.  For instance, if you are farsighted your glasses will be thicker at their lens center, in contrast, if you are nearsighted they will be thicker at their edges. There have been various new innovative technology in lens designs and materials, that have allowed us to reduce overall lens thickness by as much as 60% in many cases. Our staff will help you toward the best possible results in helping you choose the best frame-lens combination for your ocular and fashion needs.

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We are very fortunate to be staffed with fashion experts who not only will help you in your desire to get the "look" that you find most flattering to your features and taste, but they will make sure that your new eyewear will function nicely with your needs and lifestyle as well. This is easier said than done which is why we have a very knowledgeable staff dedicated to putting your needs first.

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Jonathan Marx Opticians is a participating provider for various vision care insurances. We are an In Network providers for Vision Service Plan (VSP), EyeMed, EyeMed-Aetna, 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.

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Yes!  You don't need vision insurance and you can still be seen by our optometrist and pay out of pocket for the visit. Fortunately, some medical insurance plans will allow you to see the doctor of your choice and then submit your own claim for reimbursement. We try to make this process as easy as possible for you.  The Jonathan Marx Opticians staff will provide you with an itemized receipt with the correct diagnosis codes and CPT codes necessary for filing your insurance paper work but you should check with your medical plan to see if they will reimburse you for out of network services by an optometrist.

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They are all 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. Optometrists prefer to specialize in eye examinations along with eyeglass and contact lens related services.

Optometrists would be involved with all of the pre- and post-operative care of these patients and collect accurate data, educate the patient, and ensure the proper healing after eye procedures. An ophthalmologist would only be needed if some kind of surgery was being considered. An optometrist can treat many eye conditions as well as prescribe the use of topical or oral medications if needed. These conditions may include the treatment of glaucoma, eye infections, allergic eye conditions and others, to name just a few.

Let's not forget the third "O" that often is overlooked which is the optician. They are not doctors and they cannot examine your eye under their own license. However, a highly trained optician plays an important role in the most successful eye doctors' offices. Opticians often handle the optical, contact lens, and glasses side of things. Based on their vast knowledge of lenses, frames, and lens technology, they can manufacture eyeglasses, as well as assist in the selection of eyewear, based on the requirements of each individual patient.
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243 Central Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07307
Phone:  201.222.5401
info@thejonathanmarx.com

Store Hours:
Tuesday - Thursday 11:00 - 7:00pm
Friday 10:00 - 6:00pm
Saturday 9:00 - 4:00pm  
 Sunday & Monday Closed