Meet Dr. Jacob Nordhues, Fremont Clinic

His love of science early on and a desire to work in the medical field guided Jacob Nordhues, OD, to becoming an optometrist. While attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he wanted to choose a medical path that included a high level of patient interaction. He was fascinated by the eyes and decided to do some shadowing to get a better understanding of that field of medicine. It sparked his interest so much that after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Bio-Chemistry he went on to pursue his Medical degree at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN.

“The thing I find most fulfilling about being an optometrist is being able to help people see the best they can,” says Dr. Nordhues. “Our eyes help us so much in our day-to-day lives. They help us learn and interact with the world.” Dr. Nordhues sees patients of all ages, adult to pediatric, and patients with conditions ranging from nearsightedness and farsightedness to astigmatism. He also addresses common ocular issues with children, such as eye coordination and focusing. During his externships, Dr. Nordhues received specialized training in the management of cataract evaluation, pre- and post-operation of cataracts and LASIK, retinal issues, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and dry eye.

Dr. Nordhues really enjoys interacting with his patients, hearing their stories, and learning about their lives and families. He’s especially passionate about working with children and addressing common ocular issues involving near work. He also understands the importance of ensuring patients are receiving more than just a “routine” eye exam. One of his most interesting cases was a male patient in his early 40s who was being seen for a routine eye exam. This patient had a previous history of some diabetic eye complications in the past, but came in thinking his eyes were fine since he saw 20/20. Dr. Nordhues discovered that he had really severe diabetic retinopathy, or severe bleeding in the back of the eyes. “You see it in text books but to actually see it in your chair is unusual, especially in someone so young,” says Dr. Nordhues. “I referred him to an ophthalmologist for further treatment because if this goes untreated, a person can lose his or her eye sight.”

Working at the Fremont clinic has been a wonderful experience for Dr. Nordhues. He is excited to come to work every day because the people he works with and the patients he sees make it an enjoyable experience. The range of ages and types of patients is also something he appreciates and attributes that diversity to Dr. Jacobsen and his work at the Fremont clinic.

Dr. Nordhues believes that EyeCare Specialties plays an important role in the Fremont area by setting a high standard of quality eye care and for being involved in and giving back to the community, something that he is familiar with doing himself. During his medical training in Tennessee, Dr. Nordhues participated in weekly vision screenings at elementary schools utilizing chair skills and retinoscopy, as well as volunteering for a Remote Area Medical (RAM) trip where doctors and students provided free vision and ocular health examinations to underserved and uninsured patients. He also was a member of Student Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity (SVOSH) providing exams and services to patients in Merida, Mexico.

Being back in Nebraska has given Dr. Nordhues the opportunity to spend time with his family and friends. He grew up in Grand Island and is married; his wife is from Omaha. They have two children: a 2 1/2-year-old daughter, and a seven-month old son. When he’s not seeing patients, he enjoys playing softball, racquetball, tennis, or just about any sport that involves a racquet. He and his wife also like to travel and go on adventures when they can.

From his own personal experience, Dr. Nordhues is on a mission to educate parents on the importance of scheduling eye exams for their children given that his first eye exam wasn’t until he was in optometry school. “Consider how much of each person’s day is spent looking at things up close, especially technology, and how our children are doing more and more of that today,” adds Dr. Nordhues. “I think it’s important that optometrists continue to address these issues that people don’t realize are occurring, and help them learn what they can do to relieve eye strain or eye fatigue.”

Dr. Jacob Nordhues works at the Fremont EyeCare Specialties clinic located at 3220 Elk Lane in Fremont, NE. To schedule an appointment, call 402-727-9220.

Fremont Hometown Frame Show

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You’ve put off buying a new pair of glasses for long enough! Take advantage of EyeCare Specialties annual 30%* Off Sale during our Hometown Frame Show in Fremont on Thursday, June 28, from 1 PM to 6 PM.

Now is the perfect time to fit the entire family with new eyewear and save big. Try on the newest styles from select designers. Enjoy food and drinks, plus enter to win a $100 gift card. The 30%* off savings only happens during this special event and only at our Fremont location!

Join us at the 2nd Annual Hometown Frame Show on Thursday, June 28, at EyeCare Specialties, located at 27th and Diers Parkway in Fremont!

*Certain restrictions apply. Cannot be combined with insurance or other discounts. Some brands not included.

Glasses for Every Budget at EyeCare Specialties

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Everyone should have the option to find the best quality, stylish eyewear. At EyeCare Specialties, we have glasses for every budget. Whether you’re a budget-savvy Style Tier or a luxury-loving Success Tier, we’ve got your perfect pair here. We have a large selection of glasses, including affordable, stylish options and designer or luxury frames.

No matter how much you spend, your glasses will be carefully crafted by true professionals with advanced optical equipment and processes, and you’ll be offered affordable warranty options so you can continue to have the best vision possible for a long time. We also offer price matching from any optical dispensary in the state of Nebraska, so you know you’re getting the best deal on your eyewear at EyeCare Specialties.

Style

Looking for stylish frames with glare free lenses that fit your budget? Our Taylor Madison collection allows you to Buy a Pair & Give a Pair. Get your complete pair for only $129 as part of our Style Tier.

• Single Vision Polycarbonate Lenses Only
• Basic Glare Free
• Select Frame Lines
• Special Pricing: No Insurance Accepted

Smart

Our Smart tier is perfect for those who need premium lenses or progressive lenses. Frame options include many designer brands! Choose between several designer brands and get a complete pair for less than $380.

• Single Vision or Classic Tier Progressive
• Ultimate Tier Glare Free
• One Year Lens Warranty
• Two Year Frame Warranty
• Special Pricing: No Insurance Accepted

Success

Our Success tier allows you to select a complete pair that shows your personality and supports your lifestyle needs. From transistion lenses to desinger and luxury frames, this tier gives you flexibility and numerous options to create a pair just for YOU.

• Choose any Frame Style
• Customize Your Lens Package
• Insurance Plans Accepted

KidCare at EyeCare Specialties

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Kids in glasses are cute as a bug, and clearer vision helps them not only see better, but also learn more and do better in school. But, let’s face it, kids aren’t easy on glasses! They can be misplaced, or need replaced, almost as fast as your growing young’uns!

At EyeCare Specialties, we love kids. We care about your children’s vision and we want your whole family to have quality eye health care. We understand that families need a great deal without sacrificing great quality.

With KidCare, kids 12 and under can get 50% off a complete pair of eyewear. Plus, KidCare comes with Warranty Plus for free. If your child’s glasses are lost or stolen, you can replace them for just 25% of the original purchase price.

Protecting Your Vision

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Protecting your vision and prioritizing healthy eyes has wide-reaching health benefits that can help you prevent disease and maintain quality eyesight throughout your life. Following these three tips will help you set yourself up for successful eye health in 2018 and beyond.

Schedule an appointment in 2018!
Schedule an appointment to see us for a comprehensive exam in 2018. Many common eye diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration can only be revealed through regular exams from your eye doctor. Catching these diseases in their early stages is the best way to protect yourself from vision loss. Even if no disease is detected, an eye exam can reveal common vision problems that many people don’t realize can be improved upon or even prevent further loss with glasses or contact lenses.

Use protective eyewear and sunglasses
Protecting your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays or eye injuries is one of best ways to protect your vision. Fortunately, it has never looked so good on you! Come visit our optical gallery and invest in a pair of sunglasses that block out both UV radiation or quality protective eyewear for sports and other activities.

Manage your health
Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, maintain a healthy weight, and quit smoking as soon as possible. These three health tips will not only improve your overall health, but each of them can lower your risk of developing health conditions and diseases that lead to vision loss.

Sources: The National Eye Institute (NEI)

Winter and Your Eyes

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Winter sports, cozy fires, and bright white landscapes can all take their toll on your eyes over the coldest season of the year. Don’t let good vision go bad! Take a few precautions to ensure safe and healthy eyes this season.

The sun is out

Winter can be even more damaging for your eyes than the summer since the brightness of the snow can actually double ultraviolet (UV) ray damage to your eyes when the sun’s rays reflect from the snow. These UV rays can put you at greater risk for cataracts and other eye conditions, and UV rays reflected from the snow can actually burn your eyes.

Don’t forget to use sunglasses that block UV light, and consider a visor for extended activities on particularly bright days.

The heat is up

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but as temperatures drop the air holds less humidity. The hot air from a cozy fire can also both irritate and dry your eyes, especially if you suffer from Dry Eye Disease, a chronic condition that impacts the production of tears.

When enjoying a fire, or even a heater, take breaks from direct heat, sit further away, and use eye drops to keep our eyes moist.

Winter allergies and irritants

Unfortunately, irritants from pet dander to mold are amplified in the winter months when you’re shut indoors, especially in milder years before frosts and freezes kill off the pollen. Allergy sufferers can find themselves with dry, itchy eyes over the winter months.

Consider using dust free, artificial decorations or electric fires to avoid natural irritants. You may also use a humidifier/dehumidifier to keep the air inside your home between 30% – 50% humidity.

Wear goggles

Winter’s outdoor activities can expose you to slush, ice, and other debris. Sporting activities like skiing, snowboarding, and sledding expose your eyes to particles that can irritate and scratch your eyes, not to mention put you at risk for a crash with trees and branches that can damage your eyes. Use goggles with built in UV protection during winter sports for maximum protection.

If you are experiencing particularly uncomfortable, dry eyes this winter, contact your eye doctor about your symptoms. Seek treatment immediately if you feel as though your eyes have been damaged.

Source: WebMD

Night Driving

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As we head to the season of shorter days and longer nights, we have no option but to drive in dark conditions. Millions of Americans have problems driving at night. Although we may be able to see clearly at the doctor’s office or in our everyday lives, once the sun goes down and we hit the road, we can experience new problems. Glare, halos, and difficulty recognizing contrasts can make driving and traveling at an increased rate of speed difficult.

As we age, our pupils shrink and don’t maintain their elasticity as much as they used to. They have a tougher time opening and closing quickly to adapt to changes in light. Older people also have decreased rods in the retina which makes differentiating objects more difficult in low light conditions.

Cataracts can also be an issue as we age. They develop over time and cloud the lens of the eye making things glare at night. You can see halos around lights and can also experience blurred vision.

Retinal issues can also make driving at night more difficult. Diabetes and macular degeneration can create issues in the retina making vision blurry or creating blind spots. If you notice these at night, please let your doctor know.

Dry eye disease can cause difficulty driving at night. Having a poor quality tear film can make vision blurry and can cause problems with night vision. Dry eye disease tends to affect women over the age of 40 and create vision problems as well as issues with comfort.

If you frequently spend too much time in the sun during the day, it can take your eyes a while to adjust to the light at night. A big help will be to wear sunglasses when you are out during daylight so that the contrast is not as severe.

One way to combat the glare and excess distracting light is to wear eyewear with glare reducing coatings. There are many amber/yellow colored glasses out there marketed as night driving glasses, but there is no evidence that these work and they can actually make the glare problem worse.

Another important safety tip for driving at night is to make sure your headlights are not cloudy and functioning properly. A clean windshield and mirror, free of imperfections, are also important.

And of course, it’s a good idea to maintain regular, safe speeds. (That tip is for everyone.)

If it’s been longer than two years since your last comprehensive exam, we recommend having a dilated exam so that your eye doctor can examine your retina for issues that could affect your driving as well as your overall health. At the same time, your doctor can check for cataracts and any other issues that may make driving unsafe.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Mindy’s Story

10.3_Mindys-Story-FBMindy McCormick is not the kind of person that relishes attention. She’s kind, intuitive and hardworking. She’s a great leader because she knows that the strength of any organization is in the team and encourages all of her team members to do their best for the entire unit. One person is not above the group.

If it weren’t for the cancer, she wouldn’t want an article written about her.

Mindy McCormick is the Retail Coordinator and Frame Buyer for EyeCare Specialties. She has been helping patients find the perfect eyewear solution for 13 years. Mindy also trains and educates opticians to do the same.

It was a summer day at the beginning of June. Mindy had gone in for a routine mammogram. Because she had an aunt who had been recently diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, she knew the importance of having a thorough exam. She insisted on the 3D mammogram to make sure her doctor had the complete picture. The technicians requested more tests. They did an ultrasound and then brought Mindy back in for an ultrasound biopsy.

A few weeks later while she was at work, her doctors left a message, but Mindy was so busy taking care of her own patients that she didn’t get a chance to call them back until after hours. They returned her phone call right away. Mindy had tested positive for stage 1 breast cancer.

The next few days were a whirlwind. They were immediately scheduled to visit with  a surgeon who specializes in breast cancer and an oncologist. In a two-week span, Mindy had her appointments scheduled and started right away on chemotherapy.

According to Mindy, chemotherapy is a roller coaster. She is currently 2/3 of the way done with her six treatments. Her last session is scheduled for the end of October after which she will undergo surgery. She typically feels not too bad for the day or two after treatment, but then hits a wall. Because the type of chemo her doctor has prescribed is such an aggressive one, the treatment leaves Mindy feeling very weak, tired and achy.

Mindy’s family has been incredibly supportive throughout her entire experience. Her husband and children pitch in and do the cleaning and housework. Friends and neighbors have been offering meals and gift cards to area restaurants. Mindy says the outpouring of support has been overwhelming and gratefully appreciated.

At her first visit with her oncologist, Mindy found out that her particular type of breast cancer is the most common and can be easily treated when detected early. That was when the lightbulb went off over Mindy’s head. She knew it was her mission to promote early detection and spread the word to women how important it is to have regular screenings.

Even though she tends to shy from the spotlight, Mindy wants to become an advocate for women to stand up for their health and insist on proper screenings. She encourages everyone she knows that even if they have a hint of family history of breast cancer to get regular mammograms. Because her own cancer was only discovered through the 3D mammogram, she advocates for the most comprehensive technology for anyone who feels that they may be at risk.

Optimism can be hard to come by when fighting breast cancer. But Mindy sees hope every day. She finds hope in coming to work and being able to help EyeCare’s patients. She finds hope in interacting and proving to herself what she’s capable of. And she finds hope in being able to help other women and advocate for early detection.

This October, we are so proud of Mindy and the other women who fight for their health and for that optimism. EyeCare Specialties will once again be participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on October 23 and will be raising money in various forms to help the cause. If you’d like to support our team and raise money for the American Cancer Society, please click here.

Aging and Your Eyes

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It’s inevitable, as we age, so do our eyes. There are several age-related conditions that can happen no matter how healthy of lives we live or whether or not we’ve got a fantastic set of DNA handed down to us by our relatives.

Presbyopia. Presbyopia occurs typically after the age of 40. This can be noticed as blurred vision when doing up-close work. People start to notice it when they need to hold books, menus, etc. farther and farther away in order to see clearly. Presbyopia occurs because of a hardening of the natural lens inside your eye, and it is very common. Almost everyone will experience it in various forms. Optical treatment is usually the best remedy via reading glasses, progressive lenses or bifocals. There are also options for contact lens wearers as well.

Reduced pupil size. As we age, our pupil size starts to gradually become smaller and makes us less responsive to changes in lighting. Older individuals might find themselves needing more light to read and have difficulty moving in between light and dark environments quickly (from a dark theater to sunlight). This is also one of the causes for difficulty driving at night. Adjusting from darkness to bright oncoming traffic can make driving at night difficult. There are many optical products that can help this situation. A photochromic lens (like Transitions™) or anti-glare coatings on lenses can help older drivers adjust to differing light conditions more easily.

Dry Eyes. As we age, we may experience itchy, dry eyes. The condition affects many people, especially women after menopause. They may experience scratchy burning sensations in various conditions and may find that traditional over-the-counter eye drops don’t seem to remedy the problem. There are actually several different types of Dry Eye Disease, and your optometrist could help you determine which one you suffer from by examining the quality of your tears. Treatment for Dry Eye Disease can include prescription eye drops or in-office procedures like LipiFlow that can provide relief.

Loss of peripheral vision. On average, as you age your field of vision decreases by one to three percent every decade. Peripheral vision loss can also be a sign of glaucoma and serious ocular disease, so it important to have it checked out. This type of loss can make driving dangerous as it can be difficult to see objects not in your direct vision. Whether your peripheral vision loss is gradual or sudden, it is important to bring up your concerns with your eye doctor to see if there is a serious underlying medical issue.

http://www.allaboutvision.com/over60/vision-changes.htm

Frames & Fashion Styling Tips

If you wear glasses, they are a constant piece of your daily look – but, rather than simply a constant, why not make them a flattering fashion accessory? In order to use your frames to your fashionable advantage, you want to ensure they pair well with your clothing to create an overall style. These top 3 styling tips will help you accentuate your look when choosing your next pair of frames…or three.
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Tip #1
Sport a solid color style when pairing fun fashion frames. These patterned frames by Fendi are a perfect way to create a “classic meets fun” style that is great for anytime and anywhere.
Romper + Bag: Tsuru Boutique
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Tip #2
From simple to fun frames, use bold accessories to accentuate your look. We love these Tommy Hilfiger frames that are simple, yet unique, to pair with a fun pop of accessory.
Dress + Bag: Tsuru Boutique
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Tip #3
Basics don’t have to be so basic. The unbelievable softness of this chambray shirt makes it a perfect between-seasons piece over the striking simplicity of the black maxi. The long pendant necklace tells a story, and the round Tory Burch shades create a polished simplicity.