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.

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month

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March is Workplace Eye Wellness month, a time to raise awareness of eye health and safety on the job. This month, EyeCare Specialties is focusing on the awareness of the dangers of blue light, the impact of digital devices on vision, and encouraging eye injury prevention to promote eye health at work. Over 2,000 Americans have an eye injury each day and nearly one million Americans experience some vision loss due to an eye injury.

Work-related eye injuries are not just limited to jobs that require eye safety gear – an office job can be just as hard on your eyes. One common issue is computer vision syndrome where too much screen time without breaks causes headaches, neck pain, back strain, and can even lead to dry eye disease. Staring at a screen prevents you from blinking enough to keep your eyes lubricated and moistened.

  • Adjust your screen away from direct light and use an anti-glare screen.
  • Practice 20-20-20! Every 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
  • Blink regularly to prevent your eyes from becoming too dry.
  • Visit EyeCare Specialties for regular comprehensive eye exams.
Another aspect of workplace eye wellness that often goes overlooked is blue light from all of this digital device usage. About 90% of adults spend more than two hours each day using a digital device. Cumulative blue light exposure has been linked to slow degeneration of the retina, which could affect long-term vision problems such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts. EyeCare Specialties offers specialized coatings to help protect your eyes from blue light that causes more eye strain and fatigue than other sources of light.When it comes to the health of your eyes in the workplace or anywhere else, EyeCare Specialties has you covered. Our optometrists and staff offer compassionate and innovative optometric care to each and every patient during Workplace Eye Wellness month and beyond. From comprehensive eye health exams to the best selection in eyewear, EyeCare Specialties is committed to providing professional and personalized care to their patients.

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)

Presbyopia

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Death, taxes, presbyopia.  It happens to everyone eventually. Cheery, really. While typically it begins around age 40, presbyopia can occur at any time. You may find yourself holding your smartphone farther away. You may hold the menu at the restaurant at arms length in order to see it clearly. Or you may be experiencing headaches more after reading.

Presbyopia is farsightedness caused by the loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye. As we age, it becomes harder for the lens to focus on things close up. It’s a completely normal process, and one that cannot be prevented. Many people struggle with the fact that presbyopia is so closely tied with aging; but it is an inevitable condition, and it can be treated.

Bifocals, progressive lenses and special reading glasses are often the choice for people who are looking for a solution to do up close work. Being able to choose stylish frames with no-line, progressive lenses is a popular way to correct presbyopia without the stigma of aging. There are also multifocal contact lenses and surgical options for people looking for a no-eyewear solution.

Presbyopia can worsen over time though, so once you begin to notice the symptoms, it is a good idea to continue to get regular check ups with your eye doctor to stay on top of your prescription.

Take Us With You: Nature Photography Tips

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At EyeCare Specialties, we know what a gift vision is, and we work to make sure your eyes are as healthy as can be so that you can enjoy the beauty in nature.

Here are some tips on how to capture some of those memories.

1. Lighting. Early morning or late afternoon/evening tend to produce some amazing shots but you can also get good photos during the day. Just make sure to keep the sun at your back and consider shooting from a lower angle to minimize harsh shadows.

2. Subject. Make a beautiful shot even better by choosing a subject for your photo. Rather than just a group of trees, focus on one in particular that stands out to you. This will help your photo tell a story and create interest for the viewer.

3. Leading lines & Framing. Consider visual cues that lead the viewer’s eye to your subject and framing the subject in a unique way by using other elements in nature. For example, you could take a photo of an interesting rock structure by using the branches of a tree in the foreground.

4. There are no rules. If something looks compelling to you, take a picture of it. After all, that is what photography is, a way to create visual memories. The important thing is to get outside and really open your eyes. You’ll be amazed by what you see.

Join us for the Take Us With You Photo Contest at Pioneers Park’s Wild Adventure Days on Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Upload a photo using #ECSeyes to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by noon 4/30 and you could win $100 gift card to EyeCare Specialties. Make sure your post settings are public, though, so that we can see your shot.