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Dr. Alan Schlussel, OD

Optometrist

West Orange, NJ

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4.7
Recent reviews
I waited about 45 minutes in the waiting room for my 6 pm appointment, which I consider fairly normal and wasnot bothered with. After I met with the receptionist who does the preliminary eye exams, he called me in. I had asked to not do a retinal scan, as I really couldn't afford the extra cost that was not covered under my insurance. When I went to the exam room, he rushed through the exam, briskly asking me about how often I wear glasses and contacts. While I don't wear contacts often, I had expressed when I made the appointment and to the receptionist I would like an up to date glasses and contacts exam. In a misunderstanding, the Dr. Schlussel thought I meant I just want new glasses since I said I don't wear contacts often, and he assumed I didn't want to pay extra for new glasses and contacts. He took about five minutes with me to examine my eyes before hurrying me out. He then sat me down in front of what I assumed to be a sales lady and left before explaining that my benefits either covered frames or the contact lens exam. I told the receptionist I had actually requested the contact lens exam, and that's what I prefer. I wasn't out of the exam room for 5 minutes. She was nice enough to check if he could quickly do the contact lens exam for me. However, he decided he had to leave and told me I could rescheduled (actually had his receptionist tell me). I was very sad and upset, as I work long hours, and sometimes can't even get out for 6 pm appointments, so to have to come back would be a lot. However, he did not exhibit any understanding and did not come back to see me. I felt very dismissed and waited about 45 minutes for a 5 minute rushed exam. While they offered that I could come back, I will be going somewhere else for my contact lens exam, as well as to purchase my frames and contacts.
I waited about 45 minutes in the waiting room for my 6 pm appointment, which I consider fairly normal and was not bothered with. After I met with the receptionist whodoes the preliminary eye exams, he called me in. I had asked to not do a retinal scan, as I really couldn't afford the extra cost that was not covered under my insurance. When I went to the exam room, he rushed through the exam, briskly asking me about how often I wear glasses and contacts. While I don't wear contacts often, I had expressed when I made the appointment and to the receptionist I would like an up to date glasses and contacts exam. In a misunderstanding, the Dr. Schlussel thought I meant I just want new glasses since I said I don't wear contacts often, and he assumed I didn't want to pay extra for new glasses and contacts. He took about five minutes with me to examine my eyes before hurrying me out. He then sat me down in front of what I assumed to be a sales lady and left before explaining that my benefits either covered frames or the contact lens exam. I told the receptionist I had actually requested the contact lens exam, and that's what I prefer. I wasn't out of the exam room for 5 minutes. She was nice enough to check if he could quickly do the contact lens exam for me. However, he decided he had to leave and told me I could rescheduled (actually had his receptionist tell me). I was very sad and upset, as I work long hours, and sometimes can't even get out for 6 pm appointments, so to have to come back would be a lot. However, he did not exhibit any understanding and did not come back to see me. I felt very dismissed and waited about 45 minutes for a 5 minute rushed exam. While they offered that I could come back, I will be going somewhere else for my contact lens exam, as well as to purchase my frames and contacts.
Sarah M. · March 19, 2019
Dr. Schlussel is very knowledgeable, patient, and competent. I would highly recommend him. After visiting several optometrists,he was the only one to treat me effectively. After referring me to the proper specialist, and receiving the treatment that I needed, he continues to provide excellent service. My problem is resolved because I put my faith in him.
Dr. Schlussel is very knowledgeable, patient, and competent. I would highly recommend him. After visiting several optometrists, he was the only one to treat me effectively. Afterreferring me to the proper specialist, and receiving the treatment that I needed, he continues to provide excellent service. My problem is resolved because I put my faith in him.
Debra F. · March 13, 2019

About Dr. Alan Schlussel

Doctor Schlussel received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Binghamton University in 1980. He attended the State College of Optometry in New York from 1980 through 1984. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree in June 1984. He has been in private practice for over 25 years. Doctor Schlussel is currently the managing partner of both private offices in mid-town Manhattan and West Orange,N.J. In December of 1989, Dr. Schlussel received his Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry and is currently a prestigious member of this organization. He is a member of the American Optometric Association along with the New York and New Jersey State Optometric Associations. He has been extensively trained in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and in the co-management of Lasik. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Schlussel has developed a Dry Eye Center of Excellence within his private office. Having dry eyes himself, he has been successful at treating and managing patients with dry eyes. The Dry Eye Treatment Center of New York and New Jersey offers appointments for those patients that may benefit from this specialty care. He recently lectured to a large group of optometrists on the effects of dry eyes on Sports Performance.

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • ACE
  • Aetna

Specialties

  • Optometrist

Practice names

Education and training

  • State University of New York, Doctor of Optometry
  • Binghamton University, State University of New York (Bachelor’s)

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Optometry
  • American Optometric Association
  • New York State Optometric Association

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1538161740

Dr. Alan Schlussel's office locations

Dr. Alan Schlussel

155 Prospect Ave, Suite # 201

West Orange, NJ 07052

Dr. Alan Schlussel

200 East 33rd St

New York, NY 10016

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Very thorough and informative
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Amazing doctor and staff!!!
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My visit to Dr. Schlussel was professional and informative. He gave me a complete examination of my eyes to help determine the problem I was having seeing at night. I satisfied that he was able to find out why I washaving a problem. Dr. Schlussel advised and offered solutions to my issue.
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Dr Schlussel was very professional during my visit. He explained the tests and results and had a very easy going manner. I would highly recommend him
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It was a good appointment and diagnosis was quick and easy. The sales person after really tried to push some items on me though they weren’t prescribed which was a bit annoying but else it was fine.
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The office staff was friendly and professional. Dr Schlussel was very professional and patient ! I liked that he explained everything about my exam and eye care , answered all my questions ! I so happy to finally have a really good optometrist
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After my prior eye doctor retired, I had to find a new one. Dr. Schlussel's reviews looked great. On the day of my appointment, there was a bit of a wait to be seen. Since it was my first visit, thebaseline measurements and tests needed to be done. I found the individual who did those tests to be a bit short-tempered when I didn't understand how my head was supposed to be aligned in a particular machine. When I got in to see Dr. Schlussel, I found him to be very kind, thorough, and efficient. We worked through the eye exam, talked through different options for my contacts, and overall, I found the experience to be informative and easy. It's also been a joy to work with the front office. They are always pleasant on the phone, they return calls quickly, and give updates on the arrival of ordered items.
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Absolute professional.
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I have seen Dr. Schlussel before and the wait time is minimal; service and examination thorough ; staff courteous and professional.
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Dr. Schlussel was friendly, professional, thorough, and efficient. Highly recommend him.
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The doctor was extremely thorough and took his time to understand all the facts. He’s professional, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable about dry. Waiting a little bit for an excellent physician is always worth my time. The staff was alsofriendly courteous and professional. Office is clean and nicely decorated. Highly recommended.
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The staff was great. But he had no bedside manner at all. Didn’t even come to call me in, called me from down the hall.
Less than 6 months ago
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I have been a patient since I started wearing glasses as a child and continued into contacts as a adult. I am Grateful I was blessed with such a great Dr from day 1!
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Always a pleasant experience from start to finish for my husband & for myself. Dr. S. is very thorough, caring & easygoing - Never makes you feel nervous.....His staff is terrific as well, always professional & efficient; Therefore, both of us would highly recommend this office !
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Excellent and professional in all aspects of treatment!
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I’m so glad that I found Dr.Schlussel on zocdoc. He is excellent Doctor and great office staff. I will definitely recommend him to my friend and family.
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As always, Dr. Schlussel and his staff are top notch, friendly, helpful and thorough. I can't recommend him highly enough. So lucky to have found him. Thanks again!
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I came here because of the reviews I saw, and they’re true, Dr. Alan is great at what he does, highly communicative and will explain in short what is concerning and what is normal.
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The Dr and his staff were great and so I will definitely recommend to my family and friends. The staff were friendly and made my 7yrs old very comfortable. I also have an appointment with them next week.
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This was the most comprehensive eye exam that I have ever had. Dr. Schlussel is extremely knowledgeable, professional, patient, and clearly explained the exam and the results.A very positive expereince.
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Dr, Schlussel, Valerie the Optician and the Office staff are all very pleasant!
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Seemed like a good thorough appointment, but he recommended a lot of things to me & seemed a little pushy so not sure if all of them are necessary. He’s happy to answer any questions you have though and spends agood amount of time with you. Got an extra charge for one of the imaging tests they did without being informed (wasn’t covered by my insurance)
Less than 6 months ago
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My appointment was great and I didn't wait long to be seen. Dr. Schlussel is very knowledgable and professional, as is the other staff in the office.
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Always thorough examinations, clear explanations, and reasonable prices.
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He is an excellent OD who was able to correct my vision perfectly when another ophthalmologist was unable to He spent a lot of time and effort and is well with going to and I will always come back to him
Less than 1 year ago
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Nice guy. Cleared up a couple of problems I was having and equipped me to deal with eye problems in the future. Already recommended to a coworker.
Less than 1 year ago
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Very nice, helpful, and fun staff. Dr. Schlussel was very informative and took care of all my eye care needs.
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Dr. Schlussel is an expert in dry eye - he treated me with lipiflow which provided immediate improvement. He also explained why we used lipiflo, how it works, and how to sustain the benefits.
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I have been his patient for 30 years. Enough said!
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Everyone at the office was great and I found Dr. Schlussel to be super helpful and friendly. So glad I found a new eye doctor.
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Nice to see him, always is!
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So happy with Dr. Schlussel. I’ve been seeing him for years and he’s helped me resolve long standing dryness issues so I can comfortably wear contacts again. Highly recommended.
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Expert clinician who thoroughly explains analysis and results of his examination.
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Good visit though I felt a little “sold to”. I have dry eye and like any condition, throwing the kitchen sink at is not always the best approach. I felt I was recommended way too many products because they were sold in office
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I arrived at Dr. Schlussel's office early because I had to get my replacement glasses adjusted. So my less than 30 minutes wait was by my own design. I had the treatment for dry eye and I am very pleased withthe results. During the procedure, Dr. S was caring and sensitive to my well being, constantly asking me if I was comfortable or needed anything. The time went quickly and the results have been great. I took the steriod drops for the recommended time period and everything is comfortable. Thank you Dr. Schlussel for recommending the procedure. I am glad that I went forward with it.
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Helped me immensely with my chronic dry eye issues. We still have a ways to go but I’m optimistic on a positive result. Excellent Doctor.
Less than 1 year ago
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Great follow up visit with Dr. Schlussel. Timely and courteous staff. Highly recommend
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Visit is always professional. i appreciate the follow-up and care taken to endure the concerns are addressed
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I have been a patient for many years and continue to respect my time in Dr. Schlussel's office. He is caring, knowledgeable and interested in his patients' eye car.
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Caring, timely, and efficient appointment as always with Dr. Schlussel!
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Dr. Schlussel always goes above and beyond in quality of service and kindness. Very complete checkup and great recommendations. Modern equipment and procedures.
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Great optometrist! I look forward to my visits like I look forward to Christmas because I know that after I see him I will no longer have eye pain. He always has a solution and as a dry eye sufferer himself,is very sympathetic to what his patients are going through. Wait time is horrible if you go during lunch. Before 12pm or after 2pm is the best time to see him.
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I arrived for an 8 am appointment and the staff was not there yet, so I had to wait about 15/20 minutes to be seen when there were no other patients. I came in for my first annual eye exam andwhen I asked questions, I found the staff to be quite curt and unfriendly. When I left the office, I had to ask for a printout of my updated prescription, which I assume should have been offered to me.
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Great!
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Great guy; very nice manner and did not hesitate to explain things when I had questions.
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Thorough eye exam with a professional atmosphere. The staff are excellent and friendly. I will be a regular patient going forward. I am confident that I received high quality care and highly recommend Dr. Schlussel.
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I have been going to Dr. Schlussel for many years and his staff is always very professional and friendly.
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I highly recommend Dr Schlussel.
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