Vision Source Celebrates a Decade of Eyecare in Mt. Olive

By Cheryl Conway 

Anyone who has been treated at Vision Source of Mt. Olive in Budd Lake can clearly see that this local family, optometric practice has great insight into caring for its patients.

Established in March 2013, Vision Source of Mt. Olive spent the past year ringing in its 10th anniversary.  

With advancement in technology, the practice offers the best in terms of care and treatment of the eye.

“We believe LIFE IS ALL ABOUT YOUR VISION and we stand behind this,” says Dr. Michael Siegel of Budd Lake.

“We cannot believe that we just celebrated our 10-year anniversary here in Mt. Olive,” he adds. “It has been extremely gratifying to be able to care for not only our patients, but many are friends, family, neighbors and people we have come to know and their families.  We know we have made a difference in our patients lives by giving them the ability to see the best they can and give them the best eye care possible.” 

Vision Source of Mt. Olive sees patients from infants to geriatrics. It offers comprehensive eye examinations, contact lens fittings and new fits including specialty contacts. It also provides medical eye care ranging from pink eye, foreign body in the eye, red eyes to cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

“Most patients don’t know that a routine eye examination is necessary for eye health yearly,” says Dr. Siegel. “Just like a yearly dental check-up or PCP physical – a yearly eye exam helps make sure vision is good and eye health is normal.  Many systemic conditions can be seen in the eyes even if there are no vision changes.” 

In 2022, Dr. Siegel opened a Dry Eye Clinic at his practice featuring the Lumenis Optilight IPL – the only IPL that is FDA approved for dry eye.  This device uses light therapy to improve the signs of dry eye disease due to Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. 

He also now offers the Optiplus – a heat treatment using FDA approved dual-frequency RF technology to improve dry eye symptoms and provide aesthetic effects to the face and eyelids.

“These two devices not only will help those with dry eye disease, but also tighten collagen and remove lines and wrinkles around the face and eyelid margins,” he shares.

Vision Source of Mt. Olive also displays an optical boutique on its premises offering more than 500 frames to choose from including many of the top designer lines like Coach, Michael Kors, Ray-Ban, Tory Burch, Line Art, OVVO, Emporio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Vogue, Kate Spade, Swarovski, Vera Bradley and many more!

Voted “Best Kids Doc” by NJ Family Magazine for the past 10 years, Dr. Siegel’s professional experience traces back to 1991, the same year he received his Doctor of Optometry degree from SUNY College of Optometry.

He originally had his eyes set on a different medical path as he graduated James Madison University in 1987 with a degree in Biology/Pre-Med.

“I had planned on becoming a pediatrician or go into OB/GYN, however, I realized that most of my work in my biology classes all centered around color deficiency which I have,” he explains.  “So, I started looking into what an eye doctor does and it was obvious that was the path to choose.”

Dr. Siegel previously had a partnership practice in Ledgewood for almost nine years.

“A change was necessary as the practice was growing, however, my partner wanted to continue to decrease his hours,” explains Dr. Siegel. “It became obvious that the partnership was failing, and I decided to open up a brand-new practice in my home town so we could give patients the care they deserved.”

Opening up his own practice in the town in which he lives worked out perfectly. 

He and his wife Jan. moved to Mt. Olive in 1997, where they raised their two children.

“Most of our patients reside in Mt. Olive and the surrounding towns including Hackettstown, Netcong/Hopatcong and even many from Roxbury and Randolph,” he says. “Many patients continue to come to the new office here in Budd Lake.”

He senses that his great staff has really been the heart of his successful practice.  

“We have a fantastic, caring and energetic staff that really is an extension of myself,” he says proudly. “They are great and go out of their way to help our patients and give the best care possible.  Courtney and Nola are our opticians, and they will make sure every frame you find will be perfect for your prescription and your face!   Tihany and Lauren are the best para-optometric technicians, and their caring demeanor will make you have an enjoyable experience.   Tina, Juliet, Julia and Stephanie handle all of our reception and billing/insurance and will make sure your plans cover the most they can do.”

With his work and home life all in the same great town, Mt. Olive is his place to be.

“Mt. Olive is a great place to raise a family and the people here are incredible,” says Dr. Siegel. “We have wonderful businesses in town, especially all the bagel places and many other restaurants and places to shop!   We are grateful that we have been able to support the recreation department with the Pirate and Fairy Festivals as well as many other town endeavors.  We collect old eyeglasses and bring them to the Lion’s Club so they can use them for the needy.” 

Located at 135 U.S. 46, unit E, in Budd Lake, Vision Source of Mt. Olive is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday; 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, and 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. two Saturdays per month.

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“We generally work on appointment only, however, call us first and we might be able to see you the same day,” he concludes.  “We do see our emergency medical eye care office visits the same day.”

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