What follows are answers to some of the questions we’re asked most frequently about SJEA and eye care-related issues. If you have a question that is not covered on this page, please contact us.
The following is a partial listing of insurance plans and companies SJEA participates with. If your insurance provider does not appear below, please contact our office to find out if we accept your plan.
- Eye Med
- Horizon Blue Cross & Blue Shield
- National Vision Administrators (NVA)
- Vision Advantage
- Vision Benefits of America (VBA)
- Vision Service Plan (VSP)
You can refer to our online pre-visit form to get an idea of the kind of additional information we like to know prior to your first visit. Your responses to these questions help us better address your vision needs at your first appointment.
You can make an appointment with us through our website, by phone at 856.455.5500, or even through our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/SouthJerseyEyeAssociates.
It’s not uncommon for patients to be unclear about the differences between optometrists, ophthalmologists, and opticians. All three types of eye care professionals are on staff at SJEA.
Optometrists (ODs), like Dr. Wuzzardo and Dr. Chappius, are primary healthcare practitioners qualified to diagnose and treat vision disorders and certain diseases of the eye. An optometrist prescribes eyewear, contact lens and some medications.
Ophthalmologists (MDs), like Dr. Lebowitz, are trained eye surgeons and physicians specializing in the medical and surgical treatment of vision disorders and diseases.
Registered Dispensing Opticians (RDOs), like the ones working in our optical department, are trained and accredited to fill prescriptions issued by our optometrists for corrective eyewear. Opticians, unlike optometrists and ophthalmologists, do not perform comprehensive eye exams.
Children don’t always recognize when they’re experiencing vision problems, and a school nurse may not be able to detect them either. The American Vision council recommends that your child receive a comprehensive eye exam if they fall into one of the following risk categories or display any of the following symptoms.
- Squinting, closing, or covering one eye
- Constantly holding materials close to the face
- Tilting the head to one side
- Rubbing eyes repeatedly
- One or both eyes turn in or out
- Redness or tearing in the eyes
- Premature birth
- Developmental delays
- Family history of “lazy eye” or “thick glasses”
- A disease that affects the whole body (such as diabetes, sickle cell, or HIV)