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Contact Lenses in Blacksburg, VA

Pretty woman applying contact lensAt Dr. Steve Jacobs, Optometrist, a leading optical and eye doctors’ office in Blacksburg, VA, we have established ourselves as a respected, progressive contact lens practice that takes pride in offering cutting edge technology.

Eye health matters. That is why we recommend either daily disposable or 1 month high oxygen permeable lenses for the vast majority of our patients.

Our eye doctors offer a wide selection of contact lenses – soft, rigid gas permeable and even hybrid – for near- and far-sightedness, multifocal and astigmatic needs, and for those who wish to change their eye color. No matter what you wear, we have lenses that can meet your needs.

A good contact lens fit starts with a thorough eye exam to ensure the most up-to-date prescription and rule out any pre-existing conditions that could interfere with contact lens wear.

Today’s Contact Lenses – Something for everyone.

Contact lenses have come a very long way, and like just about every other device, they’re constantly changing. As with phones, new technology has made contact lenses easier to use, more efficient, and more useful. Today’s standard lenses easily correct for astigmatism, allow many wearers to see well without bifocals, barely feel like anything is on the eye, and require no care or cleaning.

If your eyes are healthy and require a typical prescription, you probably can wear lenses on a full time basis, and all but certainly wear them successfully part time. The most amazing advances in technology, however, are when we work with patients whose eyes aren’t typical. Thanks to improvements in design, fabrication and evaluation, specialty contact lenses can enhance clarity and comfort for many people with eye surface diseases, those who have had an injury or surgery, or those who require a complex prescription. These lenses include custom designed soft lenses, soft-rigid hybrids, all manner of custom rigid lenses, and even very large rigid lenses; covering most of the front surface of the eye these provide excellent comfort and crisp vision when other lenses can’t.

We strive to maintain our skills and knowledge at the forefront of this exciting, challenging and rewarding area of care. Whatever your visual needs, if you aren’t seeing as well as you’d like with glasses, we want to work with you to help you see more clearly and comfortably. We like a challenge. We don’t always win, but we don’t give up easily. Give us a call, 540-953-0136.


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