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Happy March 2020!

Spring is here (almost!)

Happy March from Drs. Jacobs, Steckenrider & staff!

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Well, it’s allergy season, and there’s some great news for those of you who struggle with constantly itchy eyes every spring! Pataday, one of the best anti-allergy eye drops available has just been approved for over-the-counter sales beginning in March 2020! This is great news, because you’ll no longer need to hassle with insurance and prescriptions to get the benefits of this helpful little drop. If you’ve never heard of it, you can learn more here.

“Would you like your eyes with that?”
We often talk about links between nutrition and eye-brain-body health. More research is showing that an unhealthy diet can triple the risk of vision loss from advanced AMD (age-related macular degeneration). Go for the salmon and roasted veggies instead… or the roasted veggies and a 3 bean salad!!!

Hope for Eye Health in Diabetics
Diabetes is another disease which can wreak havoc on the eyes. It is also a disease that can be controlled by diet, but it does take effort. Fortunately, new research is showing that with that effort, cell function can be returned to all but normal, reducing risk to the eyes and the rest of the body!

A word of caution for men…
On a different health-related note, studies are finding that Viagra can cause temporary color-blindness, and other issues with vision. Apparently, an enzyme the drug affects is closely connected to photoreceptors in the yes. Learn more here!

And on a final health note: be sure to wash your hands! As health professionals, we take the spread of Covid-19 (the new coronavirus) very seriously. With no known infections anywhere close to Blacksburg at this time, we’re continuing business as usual, but we’ll be taking extra precautions around sanitization, and we encourage you to do the same! If you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s a link to the CDC’s page with all the information you need on how to take care of yourself.

Protecting our Patients from Coronavirus Disease Outbreak

Making sure our patients and staff are safe is our top priority. While the risk of getting the COVID-19 in the US is currently low, we know many patients are concerned about the spread of Coronavirus.

Our Promise to Our Patients:

We understand the obvious concern that coronavirus has brought to the area. We want to make you aware of the steps we are taking to protect our patients and team members in this time of uncertainty.

We request the following of patients:

  1. If you have traveled in the last 14 days to a country other than the U.S. where coronavirus has been diagnosed, or to any area in this country that has had a number of cases of concern (eg, Seattle, DC-NY metro area, parts of CA, etc…) please call the office to reschedule your appointment for next month or beyond.
  2. If you have any symptoms that mimic that of the coronavirus, which includes a fever or respiratory symptoms, including a cough, please call and reschedule your appointment at least 14 days from now.
  3. If you suspect that you have had direct contact with people who have been around any of the people who have tested positive for the coronavirus, please call us to reschedule your visit beyond 14 days from now.
  4. Remember to follow basic hygiene guidelines to avoid the spread of germs, which includes washing your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.

Our staff will also follow these guidelines and will not be present at work if they exhibit any of the above-mentioned symptoms:

  1. Any eye doctor or team member who is sick is staying home
  2. We sanitize every piece of equipment after each use and again at the end of the day (as part of our precautions we always adhere to).
  3. We will sanitize all patient contact surfaces between every patient.
  4. Our team washes their hands often throughout the day
  5. If we don’t shake hands with our patients during this time, please don’t take it personally.
  1. Please call us with any questions or concerns, and if you feel it best for you or your family member to reschedule your appointment, feel free to do so.
  2. We do expect this to be an ongoing situation in our area for an extended period of time, and do not want our patients to neglect their eye care needs during this time. We will continue to give recommendations based on the evidence we have on safe delivery of eye care in a time of uncertainty.

For the most up-to-date information on treatments, FAQs, news and more, please visit the following official health organizations:

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) at

World Health Organization (WHO) at

Thank you for helping us to protect all of our patients.

Drs. Jacobs, Steckenrider and Staff