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Happy August 2019!

Happy August from Drs. Jacobs, Steckenrider & Staff!

This is looking to be quite an event filled month!!! Steppin’ Out is opening up as I type. Public school begins in less than 2 weeks, tons of Hokies will be pouring in soon (including the Surprise 1000), and…. August 1st was the first day of the 30th year of the practice!!

On top of that, a new staff member, Terri McAlister-Padgett, joined our team this week. More about her, and a pic, next month. We were sad to see Leigh go, but she figured she’d have more fun being with her fiancé in Maryland.

From the “Don’t Try This at Home” or the “Those Wacky Celebs” dept – blue light definitely has some visual consequences, including effects on sleep cycles, but implanting "an orange ultra-flex polymer that my friend and I made in the lab” is certainly not an idea recommended by Drs. Jacobs or Steckenrider.

And, from the “Rethinking Technology” dept - Google Glass made a splash a few years ago, but seemed kinda creepy for everyday use. With a few new tweaks, though, it may help autistic kids develop better social communication skills.

Next month we’ll explore new technologies we’re using in the office. RightEye – which tracks eye movements during basic activities and when reading, and ClouClip, which measures how much time kids spend inside vs outside and how close they read – both factors in myopia development!!

Finally, to leave you for the month, a couple of photos from our day at Claytor Lake in celebration of our wonderful staff and Mechelle’s BIG day. Go HOKIES!!

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See you in September!


We’ll soon be “Eyes on Main”! And that’s not the only news... please offer a warm welcome to Dr. Mike Gowen.

From Dr. J:

I opened my office in 1990 – That’s 30 years coming up on August 1st!!   In some ways it feels like yesterday, and in others, like forever.  Along with so much else that has changed this year, one more occasion is on the horizon.  I am excited to announce that I am selling my practice to Dr. Mike Gowen.  Dr. G and his wife, SallyAnn, met at Virginia Tech close to 40 years ago. They have been proud and loud Hokies ever since and dreamed of returning to live in Blacksburg.  Both are strong supporters of the arts, athletics and the civic engagement that make this a very special place to live, work and play!

I am thrilled to be handing the baton to a doctor who believes as I do in community service. Plus, he is laser focused also on individualized patient care, personal and professional intellectual advancement and enjoying the good things and kind people who come along every day.

Better yet, I’m not going anywhere!  I will continue seeing patients, focusing on visual rehab for those suffering from concussions/TBI, working to control the progression and consequences of nearsightedness through orthokeratology and other treatments, and counseling all regarding the inter-relation of the eyes, brain and body, along with the importance of nutrition, exercise and mental well-being.  There’s so much I yet want to learn and do, and now I won’t have to worry about arguing with insurance companies.  I’m excited!

From Dr. G:

It’s impossible to express how pleased I am to be moving to Blacksburg. It has long been the dream of my wife and I to become a part of this unique town, where we met as Virginia Tech students and continued to frequent as alumni.    I look forward to the privilege of serving the people of Blacksburg and bringing my lifetime of experience in the field of eye care to serve one and all. I'm delighted that Dr. Steve Jacobs will remain with the practice, which will now be “EYES on Main.” I consider it a great privilege to continue the exemplary patient care and community service that Dr. Jacobs has and will continue to provide to the New River Valley. Together we will serve the Blacksburg community with the same culture of care and community involvement that has always been a part of this practice.

 More updates to follow.  Send us a message or give us a call with questions, comments, or to set up an appointment.

We can always be reached at 540-953-0136!

Sincerely,Dr. J, Dr. S, Dr. G & staff