Daily Tip: Implement The 20-20-20 Rule Into Your Daily Life

With everything going digital these, Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) and eye strain are all too common of ailments among computer users these days. To help with these ailments, Dr. Gary Jacobs and staff highly recommend the 20-20-20 rule.

You may be asking to yourself, “what is the 20-20-20 rule?”

The 20-20-20 rule suggests that after every 20 minutes, you should take a break from the computer for at least 20 seconds and look at an object that is 20 feet away from you.

20-20-20 Rule

Dr. Jacobs Recommends The Optomap Digital Retinal Imaging

We have a new digital retinal imaging technology, called Optomap. The Optomap retinal exam takes a wide 180-degree computer generated image of the retina. The retina is the thin multi-layered inner lining of the back of the eye responsible for sight. It can be compared to the film in conventional cameras. Optomap images can be instantly evaluated and reviewed with our patient’s chair-side. Optomap images increase the quality of the retinal exam by allowing us to view almost the entire retina, which can have important implications, not only for detecting eye disease, but also in detecting and managing other medical conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.

Optomap is unique in that it images virtually the entire retina without the use of dilating eye drops. Images are stored permanently and used to compare with future images of your retina in subsequent exams. Our office is pleased to provide our patients with this valuable and revolutionary technology.


Contact lenses take baseball player to new heights

Contact Lenses have changed the way that we interact daily ever since they were introduced. One of baseball’s new draft pick, Bryce Harper from the Washington Nationals, realized that his eye sight wasn’t up to par and needed a fix. Bryce decided that he would go with contact lenses, instead of glasses.

With the help of contact lenses, he improved his game to become one of Washington’s top prospects. He also found that the contact lenses helped block the glare from the sun. How’s that for improvement on the field.

Tired of putting your contact lens in the wrong eye? There may be a solution

Are you tired of putting your contact lens in the wrong eye? There may be a solution soon. The product is called ‘RLens’, a line of contact lenses which will embed a R and L on the contact lens in certain temperatures. When placed on your eye the ‘R’ and ‘L’ will disappear.

Tell us your thoughts and if you would purchase these when they come out?

Read more at http://www.takepart.com/news/2011/08/18/right-lens-wrong-eye-will-contact-lens-wearers-rejoice-for-rlens

Dr. Jacobs Passes The American Board of Optometry Board Certification

Dr. Gary Jacobs has officially passed The American Board of Optometry Board Certification. Congratulations Dr. Jacobs!

What is American Board of Optometry Board Certification?
American Board of Optometry (ABO) board certification is a process that allows doctors of optometry to demonstrate that they exceed entry level requirements and are maintaining the appropriate knowledge, skills and experience needed to deliver quality eyecare. The American Board of Optometry was created in 2009 to provide optometrists with a voluntary pathway to earn a meaningful board certification credential.

Why Should Optometrists Earn American Board of Optometry Board Certification?
The American Board of Optometry’s processes of board certification and Maintenance of Certification demonstrates that the optometrist is dedicated to providing quality patient care. By studying for and passing a rigorous examination, the doctors demonstrate that they have reviewed what they learned in school, kept up with new developments and used these bodies of knowledge to provide high quality patient care. The ABO’s Maintenance of Certification program calls upon optometrists to demonstrate their commitment to lifelong learning.

How will American Board of Optometry Board Certification help the general public?
Optometrists are required to complete pre-professional undergraduate education in a college or university and four years of professional education in a college of optometry, before earning the doctor of optometry (O.D.) degree. Some optometrists then complete an optional residency for additional concentrated experience.
Before earning licensure, optometrists must pass the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) examinations. The results of the NBEO examinations are used by all state licensing boards to grant licenses to qualified doctors of optometry.
Passing the NBEO examinations does not award board certification. In fact, the 1998 NBEO Board policy states that “Passing any current National Board examination, including the TMOD examination, or any combination of current National Board examinations, is not equivalent to ‘board certification’.”
Thus, the American Board of Optometry has developed the ABO Board Certification Examination. This valid, computer-based examination is designed to assess the knowledge and skills beyond entry level and to confirm ongoing competence. Passage of the initial examination confirms that the practitioner has clinical knowledge and expertise based on numerous patient care encounters, which translates into quality patient care.

How To Handle Contact Lenses Discomfort

There is nothing worse than when your contact lenses don’t work, or don’t feel good. It affects your vision, of course, but discomfort also affects your general outlook and attitude, and long-term discomfort can greatly affect your quality of life over time.

But what are you supposed to do with contact lens discomfort, anyways? And how exactly can you handle it to ensure that you get the most out of your contact lenses while solving this problem, keeping your eyes healthy, and ensuring good vision over time?

Here are just a few simple ways to handle contact lens discomfort, and ways to ensure you get the most out of your contacts without worrying about your vision in the long run:

Talk to Dr. Gary Jacobs

First and foremost, it is important to go to an eye doctor if you have long-term contact lens discomfort. An eye doctor may be able to diagnose problems that you otherwise would never have been made aware of, and in doing so, can provide solutions for you that may involve changing contact lens brands, and more, when it comes to improving the symptoms and avoiding discomfort.

Eye drops, eye drops, eye drops

Eye drops are your friends when it comes to contact lens discomfort. By using eye drops, you keep your eyes hydrated and healthy, and you avoid other major problems that relate to dried out eyes and dried out contact lenses. Use eye drops liberally to ensure that you get the most out of them and keep your eyes moist and healthy to avoid long-term discomfort problems with your lenses.

Back-up pair of glasses

Consider using a back up pair of glasses to avoid wearing your contacts each and every day. Even just wearing glasses one of two days a week can greatly improve and help your discomfort symptoms, and give your eyes enough of a break to ensure good health and more over time for your lenses and vision.

Take them out!

Finally, make it a point to wear your lenses for no more than 12-14 hours a day, if you can help it. Sleeping in your lenses, or wearing them for 18-20 hours wears thin on your eyes and it can create major discomfort problems for you, no matter how high quality your contact lenses or your lens upkeep may be.

All in all, it is important to recognize that there can be a wide variety of causes and issues behind contact lens discomfort. Eye drops and back-up pairs of contacts and glasses can work very well when it comes to finding a high quality alternative and a legitimate solution to your contact lens problems, but it is also important to remember that something more serious may be going on over time. For that reason, you must remember to talk to your eye doctor about long-term discomfort, in order to see if there is anything significant that you need to do or change to improve your vision and experience with lenses over time.

Contact Dr. Gary Jacobs today for Contact Lenses in Ventura County.

Halloween Contact Lenses May Pose a Serious Health Risk

Halloween Contact Lenses may pose a serious health risk to you if you are not careful. By law, it is illegal to sell decorative or cosmetic Halloween contact lenses without a prescription. Thus meaning if you bought these lenses from a store without a prescription it may not only be illegal for them, but also dangerous to you. Such contact lenses in Ventura County are very common to see during Halloween Season whether it’s at trick-or-treating, at a Halloween party or if it’s one of your kids.

It is not only recommended for you, but it’s required for you to legally purchase colored contact lenses unless it’s from an eye care professional. When a company says that “one size fits all” it can be very misleading, since all eyes are different. Some of the common results of an inexperienced person using contact lenses without seeing an Optometrist has been vision loss and permanent eye damage.

Be careful this Halloween season and make sure to contact your Oxnard Optometrist today if you have any questions.

Fun Eye Fact #50 – Reducing Red Eye in Pictures

Ever gotten the annoying Red Eye shots in pictures? Well you’re not alone. This is a very common annoyance by many who shoot pictures and until recently it was very hard to fix. Now we have great programs like Instagram and Photoshop which will take out the red eye in pictures.

The Red Eye in photos is caused from when the light is shone from a certain angle it gets reflected from the choroid. The choroid has many different blood vessels and because of this appears red. Red Eyes can be avoided by changing the direction of the camera.