Find the Right Eyeglasses at Athwal
Athwal’s Optical Boutique offers a world of eyeglass styles, from trendy to classic and everything in between. For decades, we have been helping New Jerseyans see the world differently with prescription glasses and sunglasses.
Most clients leave our office with their new glasses in hand. Thanks to our tenured styling expert, Ada, and licensed optician Barbara, we are able to craft single vision lenses in an hour or less.
Does Insurance Cover Eyeglasses?
Athwal accepts many different insurance plans, including AAA Discount, AARP Discount, Avesis, Eye Med, Medicare, NVA, St. Barnabas Discount, Superior Insurance and others. To save time at the boutique, review your insurance policy beforehand and make a note of which benefits apply. If you are unsure, we will be happy to assist you so that you do not incur unexpected costs.
Designer Frames at Our Prescription Eyeglasses Store
We carry all of the name brand frames that national boutiques offer, including
- Dolce and Gabbana
- Vera Wang
- Jimmy Choo
- Tom Ford
- Calvin Klein
- Costa del Mar
- + More
The Best Lenses
Did you know that prescription eyeglass lenses today can be computer-engineered to exact specifications? At Athwal, we use the latest technology to create custom lenses that offer greater clarity and a wider field of vision.
An Eye Doctor and Optical Boutique in One
Whether you’re looking for your first pair of prescription eyeglasses or your 15th, Athwal has all of the resources needed to help you see clearly. Take the first step and schedule an appointment today!
No pair of eyeglasses will work with everyone, so we have to take into account style, comfort, use, and more. Glasses are a real fashion statement these days, so a women should consider if these are her only pair and whether they will match various outfits and scenarios. Overall, the frame must fit the woman’s lifestyle.
A smaller frame is best for individuals that have thick lenses. As the frames get bigger, the lenses will get heavier. We do have new lenses that are thinner but we will still run into the issue of weight at some point.
In regards to fashion, it is a matter of personal preference. We often see both types fade in and out of style. Small frames are our choice for thick lenses.
In eyeglasses, the curvature of the lens is the base. This curve will determine how the frame wraps around your eyes. A 6 is a wide curve, while a 9 is tighter along the peripherals.
An experienced optician is a great resource. You may like one style while trying them on but not take into account your other daily activities. An optician will work scenarios to find you the best pair of glasses.
High price points for frames is often due to lack of insurance coverage. Frames can be a highly visible fashion statement so designer frames will be expensive similar to designer clothing. There are also many low-cost frame options.
Talk with our optician, Barbara, as she has a very good eye for pairing the right eyewear with the right person. Your comfort and personal style will reflect on how your glasses make you look.
Lenses are highly technical to produce and designer frames can drive up the cost. To keep the price down, focus on what you need rather than what you want. Photochromic (transitional) lenses are nice but you may not need glasses all day so they aren’t worth it.
Yes. But, we would recommend an exam to make sure your prescription hasn’t changed.
There are options but they aren’t usually worth it. Listing your glasses under your homeowner’s policy can negatively affect your policy renewal if you have too many claims and the same goes for renter’s insurance.
You best insurance is to buy a solid glasses case and keep them in there whenever they are not being worn.
This will depend on your personal style. Their minimalist look suit many people who do not want bulky boxed frames.
At Athwal Eye, we recommend a yearly exam. But, if your prescription hasn’t changed, there is no need to replace your glasses.
It is unlikely but still possible over time. If you see a haze on your frames that come in contact with skin, it can usually be buffed out to reveal fresh material. However, you must be absolutely sure your frames are acetate and not propionate, polyamide, or other injection molded plastics.
Glasses with blue blocking lenses that help to eliminate irritating and harmful wavelengths of light from reaching the eye. Since programmers spend many hours wearing their glasses, it is best to have a lightweight, comfortable frame.
They are strong which means they can handle bending, lightweight for long time wearers, and durable so you don’t have to stress scratches and corrosion.
To protect the frames from corrosive substances such as sweat so that they do not get discolored or damaged.
You will need your prescription. Having an idea of how and when you will be wearing your glasses is highly recommended.
We can make glasses in as little as a day if your prescription is a simple one.
Sometimes a small screwdriver can tighten the hinges but we recommend that you come into the optical shop. If it can be fixed, we will be happy to help you with our complimentary service. Anytime you need your eyeglasses tightened or adjusted, please stop by the office.
Subtract 0.50 to 1.00 diopters from your reading (near) glasses prescription depending on how far you sit from your computer.
Frequently they have 2 pairs. You can also buy photochromic, also known as “Transition Lenses”, which get dark when they are exposed to sunlight and lighten in the shade.
They are custom made to match your prescription so that your eyes do not become strained. Everyone typically has some prescription even if they do not need glasses for distance.
Yes, though typically they will need to be less strong than the glasses used for reading as people sit further away from the computer.
Single vision has no prescription for reading or computer distances in the lens, while progressive lenses are made to work for your distance, computer, and reading vision.
You should always use a soft cloth when cleaning glasses. Scratches are hard to remove but an optician may be able to with their proper equipment.
If you feel it improves your vision, yes. Some people do not notice much of a difference or do not want to commit to glasses with light prescriptions.
The most obvious is they do not like to put something in their eye. Others don’t want to be bothered with taking the contacts out at night or the possibility of losing a lens.
Unless they are abused, glasses will last very long. A case is your best investment to keep your glasses from an early end of life.
You could need glasses if you have astigmatism. Blue block lenses are also available for people that maintain a lengthy amount of time in front of a computer screen.
Sometimes a new prescription can take some time adjusting to. You may start seeing much more clearly thanks to your lenses but you need to adjust to the new vision patterns.
No. Something as simple as the frames being too tight can cause headaches. Come see our optician if you believe this may be the case.
Within 5-7 days of wearing. Some cases that may take longer are when getting your first pair of prescription glasses, large changes in prescriptions, or a change to progressive lenses.
It depends on your distance prescription but typically +3.00 readers are the strongest over the counter reading glasses available.
Rimless glasses are very light-weight. If you are wearing glasses regularly, weight is a huge factor in comfort.
We don’t think that is necessarily true. Some designer frames have higher price points. However, rimless glasses rely on a high-quality lens to be stable.
It is a personal choice. They should fit your face, be comfortable, and fit your lifestyle.
No. You can give yourself headaches because of the strain of looking through or around the scratches.
Yes. This takes different equipment than other glasses but the option is available.
This is the distance between a person’s pupil. It is used to make sure the glasses optical center aligns with the patient’s pupils for optimum vision.
A thin film that can be applied to eliminate the glare often seen when people wearing glasses have their pictures taken.
It is applied to the lenses when they are being made and typically cannot be added after.
Anti-glare blocks glare for people looking at the wearer and blue blockers block harmful blue wavelengths of light that is a component of computer lighting.
You can damage and remove the anti-glare coating if you are not careful or use the correct cleaning process.
You do get better vision as light is not reflecting off the back of the lens. Also, the glasses will be more attractive and they are not reflecting light back into other people’s faces.
No, but make sure you do ask whether it is necessary. You may think you need anti-glare in a certain situation but it might not be true.
We cannot advise anyone to attempt this.
Yes. These are perfect for those who wear glasses all of the time. Especially while driving.
As you would all lenses, with a soft cloth and an eyeglass cleaning solution or a gentle detergent.