J.C. Reiss Optician, New Jersey’s oldest independent optical establishment, could qualify as a state historical landmark. It first opened in Newark in 1892, moved to the Oranges in the forties, and is now headquartered in Morristown. In fact, on June 29, 2017, J.C. Reiss celebrated its 125th anniversary with a proclamation by the Town of Morristown declaring it “J.C. Reiss Optician Day.” Even after 125 years in the business of optics, J.C. Reiss continues to be at the forefront of the industry with the use of today’s latest technology.

Thomas Harrigan, having trained and worked at J.C. Reiss for over forty years, is the fourth-generation owner and chief licensed optician. Together, they have been serving several generations of families with quality eyewear made with precision by our expert opticians in our in-house finishing lab. This has built a relationship of trust and confidence in both service and workmanship that is unsurpassed by any other optical establishment.

The company has taken its promise of superior quality and service a step further by creating a separate children’s room with the largest selection of pediatric eyewear available in Morris County.

Our Team

Tom Harrigan

Owner, Optician (NJ LIC. D790)

Tom Harrigan began his career as an optician after serving in the Navy as an underwater demolition diver. Upon completing his schooling through the Veterans Administration, Tom began working at J.C. Reiss Optician, in Morristown, with third-generation owner Jack Reiss. As an apprentice optician, Tom was involved in all aspects of the optical field from frame buying and fittings, to lens grinding and the complete fabrication of a pair of glasses. Tom then attended Baylor College of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology, in Houston, Texas, where he received his certification in Contact Lens Technology. At that point, Tom began working with a number of ophthalmologists in Morristown specializing in the fitting and customization of hard contact lenses. These doctors included Anson Perina, MD, Blair Souloff, MD, and AJ Wishbow, MD. After a number of years working as an apprentice optician under Jack Reiss, Tom earned his ophthalmic dispensing license. He then purchased the business from the Reiss family, becoming the fourth generation owner and continues to run it to this day.

Tom has been a member of the Optician’s Association of New Jersey for several years. He is a past president of the Morristown Rotary Club, from whom he received the Paul Harris Fellow Award for outstanding service. He was a member of the Morristown Partnership for many years and continues his support for the community through sponsorships and donations to several local organizations.

Dr. Omar Munshi

Optometrist

Dr. Omar Munshi received his Doctorate of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry with Advanced Studies in Binocular and Pediatric Vision. He received his Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cell Biology from Fairfield University. Dr. Munshi decided to pursue a career in optometry after working as a vision therapist with a pediatric optometrist for nearly two years prior to obtaining his Doctorate degree.

He has had extensive training in vision therapy for patients who present with a wide range of ocular and neuro-visual rehabilitation needs. Dr. Munshi specializes in performing sensorimotor examinations which help evaluate for binocular vision disorders. Examples of binocular vision disorders include convergence insufficiency, eye turns (Strabismus), and lazy eye (Amblyopia). Patients who suffer from these conditions will experience symptoms of visual fatigue, inattentiveness, and discomfort. In both children and adults, these vision issues may go undetected which as a result may hinder academic and athletic performance.

Dr. Munshi has completed clinical rotations focusing on primary eye care, binocular vision/pediatrics, and ocular disease. In addition, he has training in pre- and post-operative care enabling him to provide comprehensive eye care to all patients. Dr. Munshi is currently accepting new patients ages 4 and up.

Community

At J.C. Reiss, we believe in supporting our local community. Here are some of the organizations we support.