Labor Day HoursSeptember 1st, 2017
EyeCare Specialties will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 4 in order to allow our team quality time with their family and friends.
Looks & Books 2017July 18th, 2017Back to top
EyeCare Specialties is hosting the fourth annual Looks & Books book drive to benefit the People’s City Mission from now until Saturday, August 5. The public is encouraged to donate new or gently used children’s books to help children all over discover a love of reading.
Donations will be accepted at all Lincoln EyeCare Specialties locations:
‘O’ Street at 7930 ‘O’ Street, the Pine Lake location at 2943 Pine Lake Road and the Superior Street location at 2500 Northview Road.
EyeCare Specialties recognizes the value of reading in children and knows that fostering a love of reading at an early age stimulates the mind and prepares a student for future success.
We then invite everyone to join us for the Looks & Books shopping and sharing event at our Superior location on August 5 from 1:30-5:00 p.m. We will be offering a 30% savings* on eyewear at the event. We will also have reading stations set up, free food and a chance to win $200 in gift cards from EyeCare Specialties and Indigo Bridge Books.
People’s City Mission (PCM) is celebrating its 110st year as Lincoln’s primary homeless shelter. The Mission’s Homeless Prevention Center opened in 1990 as PCM’s primary distribution point for free food, clothing, household items, furniture, toys, and personal care items.
*Discount cannot be combined with insurance or other offers. Discount only valid during the event and only on the frame lines available at the show.
Eclipse Eye SafetyJune 21st, 2017Back to top
The solar eclipse path of totality will be passing through Nebraska on August 21, 2017. While all experts agree that eye safety is important when viewing the eclipse, there is confusion about what can happen to the eyes and what are the best methods to observe this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon.
The radiation during a solar eclipse can cause both temporary burns and permanent damage to the retina in the back of the eye. Because there are no nerve endings in the retina, people often don’t even realize that they have sustained damage because they don’t feel any pain. Studies show that the people who most often sustain retinal burns are children and young adults.
“The solar radiation from the sun during an eclipse event is just as strong as any other time,” says Dr. Brian Brightman from EyeCare Specialties. “But it is more dangerous, because the sun doesn’t appear to be as bright. We could be tempted to look at it for a longer time.”
The only safe way to view the eclipse is through eyewear specifically designed for that purpose. Look for glasses with the number that meets the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products. Welder glasses #14 can also be used to view the eclipse. Regular sunglasses are not adequate for viewing the eclipse, even those with polarized lenses or extremely dark lenses, as they can still allow dangerous radiation to reach the retina.
It is also not safe to view the eclipse through just the lens of a camera or a telescope. There are special filters available to do so, however they should only be used under the advice of experts.
Rachel Smith, OD Earns FellowshipJune 6th, 2017Back to top
On April 28, 2017, Rachel Smith, O.D., from EyeCare Specialties’ Center for Vision Development was named a Fellow in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. This means that she has shown advanced expertise in the areas of vision development, binocular vision, vision information processing and vision therapy.
To earn her fellowship, Dr. Smith needed to be treating patients for at least three years in those areas, as well as complete a series of essays and reports on patients with specific vision diagnoses. She also needed to pass a written and oral exam by members of the committee and show her competency in front of her peers.
EyeCare Specialties’ Center for Vision Development assists patients who have vision difficulties that can not be treated with corrective eyewear alone. They treat a wide variety of patients including children who may be struggling in school, adults who experience computer fatigue syndrome and patients who have experienced head trauma and have difficulty with their vision. For more information, visit the Vision Therapy page.
Welcome Back EyeMed!May 11th, 2017Back to top
EyeCare Specialties welcomes back EyeMed insurance plans! Our EyeCare locations in Lincoln, Fremont and Beatrice now include Access, Aetna, InSight & Select as part of our in-network plan. We are excited to once again see our former EyeMed patients and look forward to welcoming new EyeMed patients to EyeCare Specialties.
As always, if you have any questions about insurance or billing, our Patient Services representatives would be happy to help at 402.420.2020.
EyeCare Specialties Makes Trip to HaitiMarch 22nd, 2017Back to top
From February 5-12, 2017, a team of doctors and optical experts from EyeCare Specialties traveled to Haiti on behalf of Shared Vision International to provide eye exams and eyewear to people who typically do not have access or can not afford it. Check out the video below as some members of the team share their experiences.
EyeCare Specialties Welcomes New Doctor to BeatriceAugust 30th, 2016Back to top
EyeCare Specialties welcomes Dr. Mikaela Betka to the clinic in Beatrice, NE.
Dr. Mikaela Betka grew up in Diller, NE and graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan with a Bachelor’s in BioPsychology. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Notheastern State University.
The roots of Dr. Betka’s desire to become an optometrist began in 4th grade when she was hit in the face during a basketball game. Her mother took her to the doctor to get her glassed fixed quickly, and they returned to the game. Unfortunately, one of the screws from her glasses actually went into her eye and caused additional complications. Young Mikaela became fascinated with the process of what was happening and knew immediately what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.
In high school, Mikaela started working at EyeCare Specialities in Beatrice as a clinic tech. During college, she added additional time in Lincoln with the Vision Therapy team. Mikaela loved being able to help the kids overcome their vision disorders. She is passionate about working with kids and giving them the tools they need to be successful.
She is looking forward to being able to give back to her home community. “EyeCare Specialties has always felt like family to me. I’m just glad to be coming home.”
Dr. Betka joins the team of now 13 optometrists at EyeCare Specialties. In addition to the Beatrice location, EyeCare Specialties has a new location in Fremont, NE as well as the four locations in Lincoln.
EyeCare Specialties Opens New Clinic in FremontAugust 8th, 2016Back to top
EyeCare Specialties is excited to open a new location in Fremont, NE. Dr. Dan Novak will be joining Dr. Steve Jacobsen and his team at the brand new EyeCare Specialties location, 3220 E. Elk Lane.
EyeCare Specialties will be able to offer the Fremont community the latest technology and a large selection of name brand optical products. We will work closely with many insurance companies to make sure that patients are able to receive the best possible care. Patients will be able to make appointments or speak to a representative at 402.727.9220.
With the addition of Dr. Jacobsen, EyeCare Specialties is proud to now be able to offer 13 optometrists to serve the community with six locations in Lincoln, Fremont and Beatrice.
Holiday Skate NightsDecember 11th, 2015Back to top
EyeCare Specialties kicked off the first in our series of Holiday Skate Nights on Tuesday, December 8 at the Ice Rink in the Railyard. Over 100 skaters came out and glided across the ice. Thank you to everyone who came out and made the night such a huge success.
Our series continues every Tuesday night in December from 6-8 p.m. Skate rental is free as well as treats from The Doughnut Hole and Maize Popcorn. Holiday Skate Nights are our way of saying “Thank you” for your support over the past year.Click here for more pictures of the evening.
Making Strides at ECSOctober 26th, 2015Back to top
EyeCare Specialties is a proud supporter of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides for Breast Cancer walk. For the past six years, we have had team members raising money and walking to help find a cure for breast cancer.
This year, our Walk Team was the biggest ever. Our team had a total of 32 bodies, 64 feet, two strollers and two employees with foot injuries who showed up anyway to support the team.
They raised over $1140 in donations
Many of our ECS team members have been affected by breast cancer either directly or it has affected someone they love. Having team members that care about one another and making the world a better place to live is one of the reasons working at EyeCare Specialties is so special.
Check out some of the photos below.