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Meet our Optometrist in West Orange, NJ

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The eye care professionals at Dr. Alan B. Schlussel specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision - many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affectDr Schlussel vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contact lenses.

Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Meet our West Orange Eye Doctors:


Dr. Alan B. Schlussel,O.D., F.A.A.O.

graphic owl 01Doctor Schlussel received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Binghamton University in 1980. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the State College of Optometry in New York in 1984. He has been in private practice for over 30 years.

Doctor Schlussel is currently the managing partner of both private eye care offices in Midtown New York City and West Orange,N.J. In December of 1989, Dr. Schlussel became a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and is currently a prestigious member of this organization. He is also 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 disease and in the co-management of LASIK.

Over the past 20 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 the treatment and management of Ocular Surface Disease (Dry Eye Syndrome). Dr. Schlussel regularly answers your vision related questions. Dr. Schlussel recently lectured to a large group of optometrists on the effects of dry eyes on sports performance. Dr. Schlussel has been rated #1 optometrist in New York on Kev’s Best!


Dr. Schlussel is an avid sports fan following local professional teams namely the NY Mets, NY Knicks and Rangers. He is also a long suffering fan of the NY Jets, but roots for all local teams. He is also a rock music fan going to many local and national concerts throughout the year.

Dr. Claire Tao O.D.

Dr. Clare Tao is a detail-oriented and compassionate eye care provider with an integrative approach.

She studied Psychology and Applied Mathematics at Stony Brook University for her bachelor's degrees. She was a recipient of Howard Hughes Medical Institute and National Science Foundation scholarships for her undergraduate research. During her senior year, she found her passion for understanding the human visual system. She worked as a vision therapist with children suffering from learning-related binocular vision disorders during her gap year, and then went on to receive her optometry degree at SUNY College of Optometry. She had extensive training in ocular disease and binocular vision. She worked at the flagship military hospital Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda and Ezra Medical Center in Brooklyn during her externships. After graduation, she worked in private optometry and ophthalmology practices in the New York Metro area.

Dr. Tao believes the essence of her work is to enhance patients’ vision thus allowing a more fulfilling life. She prides herself in developing trusting and meaningful relationships with her patients from all walks of life.

Dr. Tao is excited to bring her specialties to the practice. She is also a pediatric eye care provider with a special interest in myopia management. She understands the struggle children and parents face from her own childhood experiences, and strives to help children seeing their best so they can reach their full potential in life.

Dr. Tao is an active member of the American Academy of Optometry and New Jersey State Optometric Association. She believes in giving back to the community and provide free infant vision screening. Outside of work, she is a Yogi and enjoys hiking.

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Dr. Alan Schlussel