Happy December from Drs. Jacobs, Diaz & staff!
It’s that time of year again! We hope you’re staying warm and have both festivities and relaxation in your plans for the month.
HEADS UP: Many workers have flex spending accounts which permit tax-free dollars to be put aside for a variety of health care expenses, including glasses and contact lenses. But those funds have to be used by the end of the plan year–or the company keeps it. December is the last month for many plan years. Don’t leave your money sitting on the table!
We’d like to thank everyone who came out on Nov. 16th and made our 11th Annual Trunk Show and Local Charity Fundraiser the success that it was. Thanks to your generous donations, we sent checks for over $800 to both NRV Cares and Valley Interfaith Child Care Center(VICCC).
For the past few months, we’ve been using two fascinating bits of technology that we’re excited to tell you about!
Right Eye is a computerized eye movement tracking and analysis device which allows us to document how efficient (or not) one’s eye movements are. This is very helpful in our care of patients who’ve had concussions, as concussions frequently impact eye movement control. More info coming soon!
Another cool device is Balance Tracking System. This is also helpful in our work with TBI patients, as balance issues are a frequent concern. With this, we can assess fall risk and the impact visual interventions (like prism glasses) may have on improving postural stability.
We know the eye is an extension of the brain and the brain and the mind are intricately intertwined. So, it shouldn’t be surprising that working on the mind can help protect the eye; in this case by lowering intra-ocular pressure and stress bio-markers – key factors in glaucoma.
It seems everywhere we look healthy lifestyle practices improve overall well-being and eye health. But on the flip-side, some things that can endanger eye health seem too obvious to even mention…. But, then again, what people do is always surprising!!
The Blacksburg Lions Clubs’ annual all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast is this Saturday (Dec 8th) from 8 to 11 AM, at the Blacksburg United Methodist Church. Tickets are $6 at the door – kids 5 & under eat free! Come on out to support the community and enjoy a good breakfast with friends!
Wishing everyone a healthy, happy, peaceful, and love-filled rest of the year and a fabulous 2019!