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 Eye Love Giving Back

We had the privilege to partner with Great Shape! Inc. and the iCARE Program to serve the communities of Jamaica and Turk & Caicos this year, experiencing the great joy of our patients seeing properly, often for the first time in their lives.

Witnessing this is emotionally moving and incredibly humbling – way beyond words. In the clinics we saw:

  •  A little boy making his own pair of glasses while his mother watched proudly.
  • A little girl with strabismus (crossed eyes) receive two pair of custom-made glasses designed to permanently correct her condition since it was corrected in time. Her family travelled from Exchange, St. Ann to Little London, Westmoreland – a 4 hour drive each way.
  • A woman in her eighties breaking into a big smile as she put on her new glasses and clearly saw her great-grandchild’s face for the first time.

These are only a few of the countless blessings that occur over and over again in these "pop up" clinics each day. We are honored to be in a position to provide these services where they are most needed. 

 

The metrics for three iCARE 2018 sites are as follows:

Clinic Site 1: Community Fellowship Centre – Providenciales, TCI – 7/30/2018 to 8/3/2018

  • 41 volunteers
    • Includes 8 doctors (1 Ophthalmologist, 7 Optometrists), 5 RNs, and 6 Opticians
  • 2482 vision exams in clinic
  • Over 1200 nurse visits – with blood pressure and/or blood sugar screenings
  • Distributed 943 pairs of prescription glasses
  • Will make (in the US) and return 67 pairs of custom prescription glasses
  • Distributed 975 pairs of reading glasses
  • Distributed 2000 pairs of sunglasses
  • ~US$571,435 value in goods and services

Clinic Site 2: Steer Town Methodist Church, Falmouth Regional Hospital, & Cornwall Regional Hospital – 10/15/2018 to 10/19/2018

  • 45 volunteers
    • Includes 17 doctors (3 Ophthalmologists, 10 Optometrists, 4 other), 3 RNs, and 7 Opticians
  • 1857 vision exams in clinic
  • 1566 vision exams in local schools (Ocho Rios Primary, Steer Town Primary, & Exchange All Age)
  • 34 cataract surgeries
  • 145 SLT laser surgeries (Steer Town Clinic and Cornwall Regional Hospital)
  • Over 1000 nurse visits – with blood pressure and/or blood sugar screenings
  • Distributed 705 pairs of prescription glasses (includes 185 pairs made in our clinic)
  • Will make (in the US) and return 62 pairs of custom prescription glasses
  • Distributed 1151 pairs of reading glasses
  • Distributed 2024 pairs of sunglasses
  • ~US$825,109 value in goods and services

Clinic Site 3: Christian Fellowship Church of God & Cornwall Regional Hospital – 10/29/2018 to 11/2/2018

  • 49 volunteers
    • Includes 11 doctors (2 Ophthalmologists, 9 Optometrists), 4 RNs, and 10 Opticians
  • 1944 vision exams in clinic
  • 702 vision exams in local schools (Little London Primary, Negril All Age, & Broughton Primary)
  • 110 SLT laser surgeries (Little London Clinic & Cornwall Regional Hospital)
  • 33 Diabetic Retinopathy PRP laser surgeries (Little London Clinic & Cornwall Regional Hospital)
  • Over 1000 nurse visits – with blood pressure and/or blood sugar screenings
  • Distributed 739 pairs of prescription glasses (includes 98 pairs made in our clinic)
  • Will make (in the US) and return 34 pairs of custom prescription glasses
  • Distributed 1205 pairs of reading glasses
  • Distributed 2119 pairs of sunglasses
  • ~US$731,008 value in goods and services

Remember: With every product you purchase, Eye Love gives an eye exam, glasses, and sunglasses to someone in need. Because of all of you, it is possible for us to give back to the communities who need it most and it allows us to travel to countries that greatly need eye care. We continue to research ways in which we can make our efforts more sustainable, and we look forward to seeing where this journey takes us.

We can't say thank you enough for your continued support! It has been a wonderful year of giving back and we can't wait to see what next year holds!

 

One Love,

Eye Love Giving Back

Drs. Travis and Jenna Zigler 

Mission Accomplished - iCARE Mission To Turks & Caicos Was an Overwhelming Success

Mission Accomplished - iCARE Mission To Turks & Caicos Was an Overwhelming Success 0

 

In our inaugural week in Turks & Caicos with Great Shape, Inc. and the iCARE Project, our amazing team of 41 volunteers served 2482 patients (7.8% of the country!) and will make and return 68 custom pairs of prescription glasses. The nurses performed over 1200 blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, and 75% of those patients were outside of healthy parameters.

Since iCARE began in 2009, they have served over 31,457 for a value in goods and services of approximately $9 million.

Thanks for ALL your help and being a part of team Eye Love!

If you want to volunteer for a mission trip click here (no you do not need to be a doctor or have any special skills, just an open heart and a willingness to serve).

We don't just do eye care, there are opportunities in education and dental too!

Dr. Travis Zigler at Turks & Caicos

Dr. Travis examining young patients

Turks & Caicos iCARE Mission Trip 2018

Visual acuities: How well can they see?

Turks & Caicos iCARE Mission Trip 2018

Looking at the front of the eyes with a slit lamp

Turks & Caicos iCARE Mission Trip 2018

Our wonderful Turks and Caicos team!

Turks & Caicos iCARE Mission Trip 2018

New glasses! Love those smiles!

Turks & Caicos iCARE Mission Trip 2018

Dispensing a new pair of glasses

Turks & Caicos iCARE Mission Trip 2018

Checking a prescription with refraction

Turks & Caicos iCARE Mission Trip 2018

Examining the health of the back of the eyes

Turks & Caicos iCARE Mission Trip 2018

The clinic "waiting room"

Pterygium at Turks and Caicos iCARE Mission Trip 2018

Pterygium

Turks and Caicos iCARE Mission Trip 2018

The beautiful beach at Turks and Caicos, home to the third largest reef in the world!

Dr. Travis Zigler, Dr. Jenna Zigler, Jude, Turks and Caicos Mission Trip

HUUUUGE THANK YOU!!

Due to the support of our great patients/customers, aka YOU, we have been able to dedicate our lives to help end preventable blindness.  700 million people are blind in this world due to lack of glasses and by purchasing from Eye Love, you help put a dent in that massive number.  

For that, we thank you so much!

One Love,

Drs. Jenna and Travis Zigler (and Jude)

SeeOO, SeeEO, and model (Jude) of Eye Love

 

Positive Productivity Podcast With Dr.Jenna Zigler

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Positive Productivity Podcast With Dr.Jenna Zigler

Episode: PP 310: Jenna Zigler, SeeOO of EyeLove


Jenna and her husband, Travis, are optometrists who realized they wanted to do more with their expertise. Click here to listen as Jenna shares their journey, mission, and vision for the future!

Highlights:

9:15 Jenna talks about the mission of EyeLove
11:00 The value of curing preventable blindness
21:15 Jenna’s vision for the next five years
22:52 Income vs. Income – words of advice

Connect with Jenna:

Get Healthy - and Get Back to Your Life: Podcast with Dr. Michael Ruscio

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Dr. Ruscio Radio, Dr. Travis Zigler, Eye Love

How Dysbiosis and Nutrient Deficiencies Impair Eye Health and Cause Everything from Dry Eye to Vision Problems with Dr. Travis Zigler

I had a great podcast interview with Dr. Michael Ruscio @drruscio. Check it out here! https://drruscio.com/?p=16196

Fast Facts Discussed on the Podcast:

Dry Eye

  • A multifactorial disease that can be caused by:
    • Dysfunction of oil glands (meibomian glands)
      • When oil glands cease to excrete oil onto the eye, it causes the eye to feel dry and irritated, which creates inflammation
    • Treatments/therapies to keep eyelids healthy
      • Keeping the eye clean is very important
      • Soap w/ tea tree oil can be used to kill demodex mites that live on the eyelashes
      • Chloric acid spray can be used to control overgrowth of bacteria
        • Overgrowth of mites or bacteria can cause inflammation
      • Eating healthy fats like omega 3-6 for healthy oil glands
      • Warm compress also helps get the oil glands working well
        • Warm (dry) rice in a sock, place it on the eye – helps to make the oil more liquid, massage the area to get the oils moving

Vision Problems

  • We are becoming more nearsighted as a society

  • Playing outside might help decrease nearsightedness

  • Vision therapy/therapist – training the muscles inside the eye to focus better

    • Mainly used for children who have the inability to focus or cross their eyes

    • There are quite a few diseases that cause this, the most common is Convergence Insufficiency

      • Other common diseases – Convergence Excess (over-crossed eyes), Accommodative Insufficiency

    • Not many doctors look for binocular issues

      • These conditions can sometimes present like ADD or ADHD because the child literally has issues with binocular focus

    • In-office therapy has the best results

      • There is a computer program you can do at home as well

Macular Degeneration

  • The Macula is your central vision
  • What causes macular degeneration?
    • Number one cause is age
      • Some signs in the 60s, often in the 70s and 80s
    • Number 2 – genetics
    • Number 3 – smoking (smokers have a 4x greater risk of developing MD) and diet
    • Vitamin deficiencies can be common; phytochemicals (leafy greens), vitamin A, C, and E
      • Free radicals cause damage to the macular tissue
  • Treatments
    • Green smoothies are great
    • Take a macular degeneration formula – Eye Love Ocular Health Formula
    • Sufficient vitamin A, C, E are the most important in this condition

Glaucoma

  • Not much is known about what causes Glaucoma
  • Treated by lowering the pressure in the eye
  • Diet and overall health are important, typically appears in unhealthy patients

Cataracts

  • Not abnormal to have some cataract formation
  • Around the age of 40, the lenses become so thick you have trouble focusing (bending it)
    • 50s – vision starts to become blurry with distance and reading
    • 60s to 70s – vision starts to become cloudy
  • Any preventative measures?
    • Antioxidants can help prevent it from getting worse
    • Overall health – eat less processed food and sugar, eat more leafy greens

Astigmatism

  • 80% of people have astigmatism of some kind, it is considered very normal depending on the severity of it

  • What causes it?

    • The front curvature of your eye isn’t shaped perfectly round

    • When light comes into the eye it gets focused on two points instead of one

    • Therapies like contact lenses and glasses help focus the two points into one

  • Preventative measures
    • Orthokeratology or CRT
      • Special night-time contact lenses can then help all the next day
      • Has been shown to reduce the progression of nearsightedness by 50%
      • A lot of doctors are not aware of this

General Eye Care Advice

  • Get your yearly eye exams

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