Optometry & Eyecare in Berkeley Heights, NJ

Proudly Serving Patients from Across Union County & Beyond

Here at Suburban Eye Institute, we are proud to offer a comprehensive range of ocular health and optometric services in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Our optometric physicians, paraoptometrists, and support staff are dedicated to providing our patients with caring, experienced, and professional eye care. Our mission is to provide our patients with personalized treatment plans that help improve and maintain their eye health.

Our optometry practice provides service to patients throughout our local communities including Bound Brook, Bridgewater, New Providence, Long Hill Township, Basking Ridge, Scotch Plains, and Short Hills, NJ. We are family-oriented and proud to serve patients of all ages.

We offer a full range of optometric services and treatments for conditions including:

Regular eye exams are an important part of maintaining excellent eye health, no matter what your vision is like. We provide comprehensive and thorough eye exams to help identify any changes in your eyesight and monitor existing conditions, including glaucoma, myopia, and more. Routine eye exams help us determine your optical prescription and ensure you are maintaining your best eye health. We provide vision and eye health exams for patients of all ages in a family-friendly environment. Many systemic diseases can be diagnosed and/or monitored through an eye exam such as diabetes, hypertension, and Lyme disease.

If you have red eyes, discharge, pain, or light sensitivity do not hesitate to schedule an eye appointment to determine if you have an eye infection or inflammation. There are many symptoms and signs associated with eye inflammation and infections. Our team will work with you to determine your treatment options.

Millions of Americans suffer from allergies that affect their eyes. Allergies are caused when your immune system overreacts and is sensitive to something in your environment. Eye allergies can be caused by airborne allergens such as mold, pet dander, pollen, dust, preservatives in artificial tears and eye drops, certain cosmetics, as well as allergies to foods that are ingested.

Sometimes in the course of completing a home improvement project, using a power tool, or just simply driving down the road, a patient may get something irritating or painful in their eye. If you have a foreign body in your eye, or suspect you have one, you should visit our optometrists as soon as possible to have it removed. A metallic foreign body can rust in the eye in a very short period of time leading to permanent damage and possible decreased vision and pain. Foreign bodies can cause severe eye infections. Our eye doctors will work with you to safely and quickly remove the object from your eyelid or eye in the most painless manner possible. To aid in healing after removal, we may prescribe an antibiotic eyedrop and even a bandage.

Glaucoma is a disease that does not cause any pain and develops gradually (usually over the course of many years). It affects the optic nerve, causing the progressive loss of fibers due to the rise in pressure inside of the eyes. The optic nerve serves as the “cable” between the eye and the brain. Symptom for this disease are very subtle and worsen over time. Glaucoma can cause blindness, inability to adjust your eyes to darkened rooms, and loss of peripheral vision.

Early diagnosis and treatment is essential to preventing complete vision loss (as in total blindness). Together with you, our staff will work to preserve your vision and explore the available treatment options and care.

When a cataract forms, the lens within the eye becomes cloudy. This results in blurry, distorted, and sometimes double vision. The cataract prevents light from passing through to the retina. Cataracts are more likely to develop as we age. The lens in our eye begins to harden and become cloudy over time. A number of factors can contribute to cataract development including: high blood pressure, kidney disease, smoking, diabetes, eye injuries, and certain medications.

If you have cataracts, we will discuss the treatment plans. Our goal is to slow the cataract progression. If surgical correction is the best option, we will work with you to explore this treatment option. We provide both pre- and post-operative cataract care.

Whether you currently wear contact lens or are curious about them, our optometrists can perform a complete contact lens evaluation. During your evaluation, we will determine if you are a good candidate for healthy contact lens use. If you are a good fit, we will explain the options available to you and begin the fitting process. If you are new to wearing contacts, we can give you lessons on how to put your contacts in, take them out, and how to care for your lenses. Our doctors fit contact lenses on patients of all ages, from infants to the elderly, for both cosmetic and medical reasons.

This provides patients with a non-surgical way to eliminate their dependency on glasses or daytime contact lenses. Using specially designed therapeutic lens that are worn while sleeping, these specialty lens improve a patient’s vision by gently reshaping their eyes while they sleep. It provides patients with a great alternative to LASIK, as it is reversible, but still provides patients with sharp, clear, and natural vision during the day.

Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) is similar to orthokeratology and provides similar results for patients. CRT lenses are FDA approved and provide patients with a non-surgical way to correct nearsightedness in children and adults. This treatment also reshapes the surface of the eye overnight and once removed in the morning, provides patients with clear vision throughout the day.

Nearsighted people typically have difficulty seeing distant objects like road signs clearly, but can see well for reading, computer use and other close-up tasks. This condition can be corrected with contact lenses, refractive surgery, eye exercises or glasses. Uncorrected nearsightedness can cause headaches, eyestrain, and squinting.

Diabetic eye disease is a leading cause of blindness in the U.S. Diabetes can cause a patient’s risk for glaucoma and development of cataracts to increase. The elevated blood sugar levels in a diabetic cause the fragile blood vessels of the retina to leak. Regular eye exams are important for diabetic patients, as it helps your optometrist monitor the blood vessels in your retina and your risk for glaucoma, blindness, and other eye problems. Early intervention is key to successful treatment.

A normal cornea is spherical and smooth, which allows light rays to pass through undistorted to the retina. Patients with Keratoconus have a cornea that is pointed, which results in distorted images being projected to the retina. There are a range of treatment options for this condition, depending on the stage of the disease including contact lenses, Intacs, and corneal transplants. Our optometrists will work with you the determine which treatment option fits your optometric needs.

LASIK is currently the most popular refractive laser procedure in the United States. It is used to correct a range of vision problems including nearsightedness, hyperopia, and astigmatism. It is designed to reduce a patient’s dependency on contact lenses and prescription glasses. This laser procedure corrects vision problems by reshaping the cornea. The procedure is virtually painless and is accomplished in a short period of time.

Upon completion of your eye examination, our doctors will be glad to answer any questions you may have regarding the procedure and if you are a candidate for this type of vision correction. LASIK results in a permanent change to one’s eyes, so it’s important to be well informed. For more details, contact us today to schedule your eye examination! Our doctors are partnered with highly skilled surgeons in co-managing your pre- and post-oprative care.

For patient comfort and convenience, pre- and post-operative care can be performed by your optometrist. Our office provides co-management in the following areas: cataract surgery, LASIK, refractive surgery, retinal surgery, and laser treatment.

A visual field test is used to detect blind spots. The presence of blind spots can be a sign of eye disease as well as obstruction in the brain. This type of test measures the vertical and horizontal range of your vision, as well as your sensitivity. The size and shape of blind spots can offer important clues about your eye health, the visual structures in the brain, and the optic nerve.

An Optomap Image Screening is another test used to detect eye diseases and other health issues by photographing the retina. There are many benefits to performing this type of screening including early detection of cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, and other life-threatening diseases and conditions. The exam is painless, fast, and comfortable, and can be conducted on a patient of any age.

An optical coherence tomography (OCT) test uses light waves to take a cross-section image of your retina. It allows your optometrist to measure the thickness of each of the retina layers as well as the optic nerve. With these measurements, your doctor can properly diagnose and provide treatment for retinal diseases and glaucoma.

A corneal topography provides your doctor with a three-dimensional map of the surface of the cornea. Like many of the other tests we provide, this is used to diagnose, treat and monitor the condition of your eye. It can also be used to help fit a patient for contact lenses or as a pre-surgery planning procedure. This is a painless and brief test.

Dilating the pupil provides your eye care professional with a way to better examine the inside of your eye. Dilation allows more light to enter the eye, and your doctor can then examine the tissues at the back of the eye, including the optic nerve, retina, and macula.


For more information about improving your eye health, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today at (908) 464-0123. We look forward to meeting you!