Our practice has a special interest in fitting challenging and abnormally shaped corneas, diseased corneas, such as keratoconus. This is some of our research and published articles

This page contains published articles and links to published articles by
Dr. Jeffrey Eger in various journals and newspapers throughout the years.  

Click the Contact Lens Spectrum image below to read about how Keratoconus can
reform and rehabilitate.  The article is a holistic approach and a non-traditional fitting
that focuses on the healthy part of the cornea and ignores the disease. This fitting is called 
superior intermediate aligned fitting which preserves and enhances what's living and
ignores what's dying. If you are into alternative medicine, you might find this interesting.

October 1999

Kristen Allen Golubchik, patient K.A. was the most dramatic change in improvement of Keratoconus and
nearsightedness reduction.  She used special aspheric rigid gas-permeable lenses fit to the healthy superior
cornea, ignoring the disease (central and inferior cornea). In Contact Lens Spectrum Oct. 1999 the initial
topography (corneal map) was shown, but not the topography of the same eye after treatment. Contact
Lens Spectrum
put her "before and after photos" (corneal topography) in a reprint in Letters To The Editor
Feb. 2000
.  The picture shows dramatic proof that Keratoconus can improve with proper fitting of contact
lenses, vision therapy, flexibility training, nutrition, and learning how to see the big picture. 
A picture speaks a thousand words, and truth is performance.

Kristen Golubchik was so excited about her improvement and reversal of keratoconus she put together a website for all to see.  Her goal is to help other Keratoconic patients who are in fear of corneal transplants as their only solution showing them another alternernative and safer solution for overall wellness and balance.   Her website is healingkeratoconus.tripod.com or you can find her on front page of google by typing in healing keratoconus

 

K.A. is now married. Her name is now Kristin Golubchik.
She is now refit with a new aspheric gas permeable design that is more aggressive than her previous fit because her cornea had flattened from positive changes in nutrition and overall body flexibility.  This picture demonstrates the positive progress of the keratoconus. This may demonstrate that it may not be a degenerative disease.  Does this keratoconus case progression demonstrate a condition or disease?
Results
This patient has positive results from doing Yoga and being on a Special diet.  This caused positive changes on corneal curvature to flatten (not steeper)so we had to refit base curve and design with a more flatter aggressive aspheric rigid gas permeable contact.  This is the last new RGP aspheric contact lens and best fit to date (02-06-04).  This shows a positive reformation in a severe Keratoconus over a nine year period.  Sight with this new RGP aspheric contact is 20/20-3 B.V.A (best visual acuity)with the contact lens.  Unaided sight (no contacts or glasses) is 20/30 unaided B.V.A.  Corneal central keratometry readings 50.00 X 55.00+ slight distortion, superior keratometry readings 40.25 X 41.00 clear, spectacle RX + 2.00-1.00 X52 20/30 B.V.A.

Kristen Golubchik was so excited about her improvement and reversal of keratoconus she put together a website for all to see.  Her goal is to help other Keratoconic patients who are in fear of corneal transplants as their only solution showing them another alternernative and safer solution for overall wellness and balance.   Her website is healingkeratoconus.tripod.com or you can find her on front page of google by typing in healing keratoconus

PRIMARY CARE OPTOMETRY NEWS  12/1/2009
Case report: Keratoconus successfully managed with aspheric GP lens fit, lifestyle changes
The patient’s topographies improved with a flat fitting relationship. Nutritional changes seemed to bring further improvement.
Jeffrey J. Eger, OD, FIOS

 


This case presentation suggests that severe keratoconus can be improved by using aspheric gas-permeable contact lenses in a superior-to-intermediate corneal alignment fit, and that visual therapy and nutritional supplementation may also play a role.

I was taught to fit GP contact lenses utilizing topography by Dr. Leonard Bronstein, who, in the 1950s, was a student of Newton Wesley, OD, a keratoconic patient who had worn a flat superior alignment fit successfully well into his 90s. Since then, I have long been a disciple of the “big picture” philosophy, incorporating a holistic approach to managing keratoconus by optimizing lens design, accommodative function and nutritional supplementation.

Case report

In this particular case, my patient initially demonstrated significant improvement in her keratoconic corneal topography profile, shown in the accompanying figures, only to experience a decline in her overall systemic health due to poor diet, lack of exercising balance and flexibility, and stress.

PICTURES COMING SOON!!!

 

After adopting a healthier diet (no red meat, more fruits and vegetables and dietary supplementation) and lifestyle, my patient’s mood and physical stature improved dramatically. Concomitantly, I witnessed an improvement in her corneal topographies. In fact, the flattening effect was significant enough to warrant contact lens refitting, as her present contacts, which had been stable for more than 5 years, had become steep and tight.

My patient’s current contact lens parameters for the right eye, which has dormant keratoconus, are: an Apex (X-Cel) or aspheric cone lens with Boston XO material, UV blue, 7.85 radius, +2.00 D, 9.2 mm diameter and medium edge lift. The parameters for the left eye, which has aggressive keratoconus, are an Apex lens with Boston XO material, UV blue, 8.44 radius, +8.75 D, 9.7 mm diameter and medium edge lift. This represents the flattest aspheric GP contact lens-to-cornea fitting relationship I have ever prescribed.

We started steeper in base curve, conventionally, and progressively went flatter in base curve in +0.50-D steps during progress checks to rid the trapping of an air bubble behind the lens and any superficial punctate keratitis.

Currently she enjoys best-corrected visual acuity of 20/25+2 OS and 20/20+4 OD, light apical touch in both eyes, a well centered lens with good tear exchange in both eyes and a cornea devoid of superficial punctate keratitis, 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock corneal staining and apical scarring. She wears her contacts comfortably 15 or more hours a day.

I believe that this type of corneal alignment fitting process provides a healthier outcome than merely attending to the apex of the cone. While I realize that this is just one patient, the corneal topography maps certainly corroborate my observations. Her Orbscan pachymetry and OCT indicated that the center thickness is fairly normal for keratoconus with this flatter fitted aspheric cone GP.

Accomplishing this sort of fitting relationship is critical, as it has long been hypothesized that keratoconic corneas are more malleable than non-keratoconic corneas. Early on it was felt that this was the reason for low IOPs in patients with keratoconus.

I have personally witnessed this phenomenon, as I have a database of 403 keratoconic eyes with applanation IOPs of between 7 mm Hg and 12 mm Hg. We now know that the lower IOPs are at least partially a function of the thinner corneal thickness profiles encountered with this condition. However, corneal hysteresis studies do corroborate the inherent “softness” of keratoconus, and this is the basis for corneal collagen cross-linking studies.

The challenge for us as contact lens clinicians is to stabilize the keratoconic cornea. It is my impression that this requires not only an optimal fitting relationship, but minimizing corneal “stress” as well. This is why avoiding eye rubbing is so important for our keratoconic patients.

My prepresbyopic patients wear +0.50 D or +0.75 D reading glasses over their GP lenses. They are instructed to take a break after 1 to 2 hours of reading or computer work to look far away, rock accommodatively far to near, scan, observe the periphery and do simple yoga exercises to relax the neck and shoulders in the chair. I have found that when using vision therapy, exercise, stretching and nutrition with raw vegetables and fruit we do fewer refits than before.

Effect of diet

I was intrigued by the dramatic improvement this patient experienced with nutritional balancing. Can a diet rich in fiber, vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients provide the cornea with much needed essentials? It is my hypothesis that these food sources provide essential enzymes necessary to curb cellular damage and keratocyte apoptosis.

My patient, who was on a corneal transplant list 13 years ago, has been so pleased with her improvements that she launched her own Web site to assist fellow keratoconus sufferers. While I do not agree with her title (“How I regressed keratoconus”), she feels it is appropriate. Go to her Web site, healingkeratoconus.tripod.com, to read her journey.

For more information:

  • Jeffrey J. Eger, OD, FIOS, can be reached at 1106 W. University Dr. #1, Mesa, AZ 85201; e-mail: drjeffeger@cox.net; Web site: www.allamericansportsvision.com. Dr. Eger has no direct financial interest in the products mentioned in this article, nor is he a paid consultant for any companies mentioned.

     

  • KC Global is the International Keratoconus Foundation, supporting keratoconus research, education, advocacy and service. They can be reached at www.kcglobal.org.

     

CONTACTO JOURNAL article November 1995
Journal from The National Eye Research Foundation (NERF)

Contact Lens Spectrum - Nov 1996

In 2003, as we designing our web page, 350 cases of Keratoconus have been completed since 1977.
We are proud to say only two eyes went for corneal transplantation or graft.  The national average is   
20-25%.  This therapy is still considered non-traditional.  We will continue fitting superior intermediate
aligned lenses because it works. The photos above was a fifteen year-old who bowled a 300 game     
shortly after this non-traditional refit.  You can't hit what you can't see, and your performance is only    
as good as your vision!

       
From a tight poorly fit soft contact lens. The patient V.L. is a psuedocone (Warped Cornea) not Keratoconus. Her corneas were warped from lens being fit to tight. Look at the positive progress of the refit using correctly fitted rigid gas permeable contact lenses. (RGP)

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Dear Eye Health Care Provider
Keratoconus and other abnormally shaped corneas are very challenging, time, and material intensive, as you know. I am enclosing some articles I’ve written on the subject of Keratoconus and Ortho-K in Conacto July and November 1995, Contact Lens Forum, July 1990, and Contact Lens Spectrum October 1999 on some of these 350 cases I’ve researched thanks to many of your unselfish referrals you’ve entrusted to me. Many of you who know me know I believe in this non-traditional treatment because many of these cases have rehabilitated by proof of the before and after topography, corneal changes on biomicroscope, and improved aided and unaided visual acuity. This unfortunately involves several changes in aspheric R.G.P. lenses, counseling the patient to focus on balance in their whole body, and extra expense to the patient to cover for the six months of care. Since most of you know I’m not politically correct in established Keratoconus circles, I believe performance and results are the bottom line. Only 1% of these cases needed a corneal transplant. I would like to share with you why I believe in superior alignment with aspheric R.G.P. to help improve abnormal corneas like Keratoconus.
In 1977 I was presented with my first Keratoconus case and fit it applying three point touch with very slight apical clearance. This was one day after I attended my first Bronstein Contact Lens Seminar. I had Dr. Leonard Bronstein check my fit with another well respected contact lens practitioner in Phoenix. The patient and both doctors confirmed it was a good fit. The patient had 20/25 best corrected sight through this spherical hard contact lens with very light and superficial central punctate staining and light 3:00-9:00 staining. It fit exactly like the other lens he was wearing, since he came to me to replace his one cracked hard lens. We could not obtain his records in Ohio so I was on my own. Four weeks after this refit, Dr.Bronstein challenged me to fit this case with superior intermediate alignment using a Reynolds Corneascope to measure 75% of the corneal surface. My patient agreed to try this unique and controversial fitting technique. It was approximately + 1.75 diopters flatter than central k on our keratometer. When I first saw the lens on his cornea, I got very upset when I saw central bearing, superior alignment on the blink, and inferior clearance that was so dramatic every other blink a bubble of tear escaped through the bottom of the lens. The patient smiled that day because this aspheric hard lens was very comfortable and his sight was 20/15-3. I had him come back the next day not believing this. His entrance B.V.A. with contacts was now 20/15 and no central corneal staining with 50% improvement in 3:00 to 9:00 staining. We later adjusted these contacts and refit +.50 flatter in B.C. to finish the case. The 3:00 and 9:00 staining had somehow disappeared. This patient is still wearing that lens, in R.G.P. today. If any of you do not want to handle these cases and wish to refer them, it would be a privilege and a honor to co-manage your patient. All I can promise you is I will give them my experience, time, counseling and compassion.
Hope you have a healthy and prosperous New Year. May you always see the positive big picture.
Sincerely,
Dr. Jeff Eger
Tempe Optometrist Addresses Convention
Mesa Tribune November 1994
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Dr. Jeffrey Eger, a Tempe optometrist who has formulated an innovative contact lens technique to combat keratoconus, was a speaker at the National Eye Research Foundation's 39th annual congress in Las Vegas recently.  He discussed rehabilitation of warped corneas and keratoconus.
Keratoconus is a degenerative, non-inflammatory disease of the cornea.  With this disease, the cornea becomes cone shaped and is accompanied with a high degree of myopia (nearsightedness) and irregular astigmatism.  Corneal transplants may be necessary, but contact lenses aid in curtailing this disease.
Eger's technique involves use of specially designed contact lenses and corneal topography.  Of the 185 keratoconus cases Eger studied, only 1 percent went to transplant.  The national average is nearly 25 percent.
Eger received an optometry degree from the Southern College of Optometry in 1975.  He earned an award as the outstanding young man of Tempe.  He has served as the official optometrist of Tempe.  He has served as the official optometrist of the Arizona State University golf team, is a past president of the Tempe Jaycees and a member of the National Eye Resarch Foundation.
We are proud to inform you that since 1977 we have 400 keratoconus cases under our care with only 3 transplants. The national average is 25% transplant rate.
 
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Orthokeratology
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(Non surgical treatment using aspheric or reverse geometry contact lenses to reshape and flatten a long eye to make it shorter - Myopia Reduction).
Dr. Eger has been a fellow of National Eye Research Foundation Orthokeratology Section since 1984.
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Help for the Nearsighted
The AZ Republic Wednesday, November 4,1992
Orthokeratology, or Ortho-K, is non-surgical procedure that will reduces or eliminate myopia (nearsightedness) or astigmatism. The specialized procedure involves the programmed use of a series of highly gas permeable contact lenses. These high-tech lenses cause a change in the contour of the cornea. When the cornea deviates from a normal contour, as is the case in most myopia and astigmatism, this non-surgical procedure can be of great value in restoring natural vision. Dr. Eger also in combining the benefits of Ortho-K with what he terms “Sports Vision Enhancement Therapy.” This type of therapy involves the use of an Accommotrac Vision Trainer which gauges a patients focusing ability. This instrument beams an infra-red light into the eye and records the ciliary muscle’s focusing status 40 times per second. Those measurements are converted into sound signals. The patient is then able to listen to the audible signals and concentrate on relaxing his ciliary muscles when the signals are further apart. Dr. Eger call this “ a conscious method of controlling an unconscious reaction.” The results of the combination of Ortho-K and Sports Vision Enhancement Therapy are astounding. Kevin Barklay, an avid golfer and pilot called upon Dr. Eger to see if he could do anything about his nearsightedness. After completing the procedure, Barklay’s vision had improved to a 20/30 in his left eye and 20/40 in his right eye, near perfect vision. We asked Dr. Jeffrey Eger, “What is myopia and astigmatism?” Myopia is more commonly known as nearsightedness. Approximately 70% of those people who become nearsighted, start between the ages of 7 and 12. Myopia is a progressive condition, once it starts, it progresses to varying levels of severity. The cause is visual stress brought on the eye by concentrated close work, such as studying and reading.” Astigmatism is a warped surface of the eye and usually it’s the cornea that’s warped.  This causes blurred vision, headaches and other symptoms. The warped cornea can quickly and safely be made more spherical using the Ortho-K procedure thus reducing or eliminating astigmatism. How do you know if Ortho-K is for you? Before a patient starts Ortho-K a careful and detailed predictability study is performed. This predictability study indicates the amount of corneal deviation from normal that the patient has. A picture of the cornea is made using a special technique, utilizing a Cornea Scope. This state of the art instrument measures the cornea much like an engineer’s aerial topography. This precision instrument tells the doctor how much corneal myopia and astigmatism is present. Once the predictability has been performed, the doctor can predict quite accurately how much he can help you. “The predictability study is extremely accurate, about 90% of all patients achieve the results the predictability study indicates.” Says Dr. Eger. Simple and painless, this procedure involves no surgery. Once the corneal contour and its deviation from normal is known, the doctor simply alters the corneas shape using special gas permeable contact lenses to aid him. Four institutional research studies have been completed on Ortho-K at the university level throughout the United States. All studies concluded it to be effective, safe and without There are no age restrictions to Ortho-K. Dr. Eger recounts, “One patient, an 11 year-old girl, arrived with 20/200 vision and worsening myopia, her prescription had doubled in the 12 months prior to visiting our office. By the time she had completed Ortho-K she was corrected to 20/20...” Who can benefit from Ortho-K? Anyone who is nearsighted or astigmatic and shows change potential on the predictability study. Improved or corrected unaided vision can mean a career opportunity for some and improved sports ability for other. “Another patient, a pilot whose sight had regressed in service from 20/20 to 20/40, came to us because he’d been turned down for a job by a major airline. In two months, his eyes improved to 20/15 and he got the job.” “Ortho-K can mean freedom from glasses or contact lenses.” Dr. Eger has been interviewed by several newspapers, radio and television stations on the subject of Orthokeratology, he is considered a specialist in this area. Dr.Eger is a member of the National Eye Research Foundation’s Orthokeratology Section.
If you would like additional info about Ortho-K or Sports Vision Enhancement Therapy, you may contact Dr. Jeffrey Eger at 480-964-6672


RESULTS

Kevin Barclay, after orthokeratology and sports vision therapy (perceptual optimized performance treatment), improved his unaided sight to 20/60, expanded his peripheral vision and enhanced his focusing efficiency. The most amazing results were Kevin dropped his golf handicap to a +1, and won the 1991 America West Employees Golf Tournament as the low medal.  In 1996, when I last saw him, he was still a +1 handicap. Shortly after this article he got his commercial pilot's license.  It's great to see people reach their dreams!

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Sports Vision
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 The Phoenix Gazette                         **                                                         Saturday, January 19, 1991 
Eye Contact
Mickelson now views feats from afar

 By Doug McConnell
 
THE PHOENIX GAZETTE

    Phil Mickelson had a new tool in his golf game for his victory in the Northern Telecom Tucson Open.
    Sight.
    Mickelson was fitted for contact lenses a week before Christmas by Jeff Eger, part-time golfer, full-time optometrist.
    "I hadn't been able to see anything larger than an L-wedge land for the last few years." said Mickelson, who will play in next week's Phoenix Open.
    "That's what made me excited; being able to see my drive land."
    Arizona State golf coach Steve Loy said, "We've known for some time that Phil's eyesight wasn't up to par, and he had an opportunity over the Christmas break to adjust to contact lenses."
    "There was hardly any period of adjustment." Mickelson, an ASU junior said, "It was amazing to be able to read street signs."
    "Phil is the best nearsighted athlete I ever saw." Eger said.
    Mickelson was hitting everything from a pitching wedge to a driver out of his sight when he won the 1990 U.S. Amateur Championships, the 1989 & '90 NCAA championships, six other college championships with 26 top-10 finishes in 2½ years.
    "I was almost afraid to give him a full correction." Eger said.
   "Dr. Eger wanted to make a gradual correction." Mickelson said. "He wanted to start with one set and replace them with a stronger set and work up, but I was impatient and didn't want to go through all of that."
    "It took a little adjusting. I'm nearsighted and the ball was a little blurry at first, but not now. I guess I've adjusted."
    Mickelson dragged his feet in seeing an eye doctor.  "Maybe I was a little scared." he said.  "I was afraid it might change my depth perception a little bit playing golf."
    "When I first went to him, he told me to read the eye chart as far down as I could.  All I could read was the big E.  I have that memorized."
    Mickelson isn't the first golfer Eger has helped.  Gil Morgan, one of Eger's classmates at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn. barely made the cut in last years Phoenix Open.
    Eger noticed Morgan was missing 4 and 5 foot putts. The golfer saw a blurred golf ball. 
    Eger prescribed a contact lens to correct the vision in Morgan's non-dominate eye at a 3½ foot distance.  His vision in his dominate eye which he used for distance was perfect.
    "He said he'd try it the next week." Eger said. "I said: "You barely made the cut. You're not gonna collect much of a check.  What have you got to lose?  Try it now."
    Morgan did.  He shot a final-round 3-under-par 71.  Four weeks later he was second in the Los Angeles Open.  He won the Kemper Open and pocketed $702,629 for the year.
    Eger spoke to the ASU golf team last month.
    "I had a one-hour presentation, but they kept me for another hour with questions." Eger said.
    "If you want to lower your golf score, you go to two schools." Eger said.
    "You go to a school of swing mechanics taught by a golf professional and a school of vision mechanics taught by a sports optometrist."
    "I call it sports vision enhancement. I talked about the seven parts of vision, and I gave them drills to enhance these skills."
    "Once you have all these skills you will see easy, feel easy and play easy."
    "I learned alot." Loy said, "How to better skill my eyes. The team benefited from it and it helped Phil tremendously."
    Eger has improved the unaided vision of three of his patients, bringing one from near blindness, to where they are now commercial airline pilots.
    One patient said he could barely see the big E on the top of the eye chart with his good eye (about 20/400) and described his other as "only    light."
    Using an accomatrac vision trainer  over an eight-month period, Eger helped him improve to 20/40 in his good eye and 20/70 in the other.
   "Nearsightedness, Eger said, is often brought about from heavy reading or work with computers overworking the cliary muscle that does the focusing."
    "If you overwork it and it spasms from fatigue," Eger said, "it won't let go and you can't see the wall."
    With the accomatrac vision trainer, a piece of equipment endorsed by several professional teams, the patient is taught through biofeedback to relax the cliary muscle and vision improves."

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RESULTS

Kevin Barclay, after orthokeratology and sports vision therapy (perceptual optimized performance treatment), improved his unaided sight to 20/60, expanded his peripheral vision and enhanced his focusing efficiency. The most amazing results were Kevin dropped his golf handicap to a +1, and won the 1991 America West Employees Golf Tournament as the low medal.  In 1996, when I last saw him, he was still a +1 handicap. Shortly after this article he got his commercial pilot's license.  It's great to see people reach their dreams!

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Dear Champion Golfer and Athletes
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In order to win a championship every great athlete has to have an edge. By improving all seven skills of vision, not just sight, we have seen how a golfer’s game can improve. A well fitted sports performance contact lens, custom fitted, is essential to see easy and see the big picture in golf for sub par sight problems.  Easier eye movements and keeping your head still will improve your eye fixation and balancing which is crucial in a good short game. This can be developed and trained by a Sports Optometrist.  I have a five step visual set up in the short game that has been used for years which helps to take three to twelve strokes off a player’s score in putting alone. It cannot work optimumly if your vision is not working efficiently. So a thorough sports vision exam is required before this is taught.  What you see is what you get. If you have sub par visual input you’ll get inconsistent sports performance even if your swing mechanics are correct. Vision is much more basic and fundamental than the mental game because 80% the information comes through the eyes initially. I tell my players, "you can’t focus if you can’t focus."  We’ve seen 16 champions after working with vision enhancement techniques in professional and amateur events. Hope your New Year is healthy and prosperous and you see nothing but the positive big picture.  Hope you enjoy these Sports Vision Articles.
Sincerely,
Dr. Jeff Eger
3 champions on the PGA tour after Sports Vision enhancement (from 1990 - 1992) Every Athlete improved performance once Vision skills ( all 7) were addressed Earnings increased at least twice of previous year after visual efficiency was instilled and enhanced.  This 6 step Ocular Procedure for Visual efficiency reduces 3 to 12 strokes off all golfer's putting game. I.C. putter and drill for this unique set up on video tape or DVD is $399 plus shipping and handling. Vision training tape for vision skill $150.00  Eyes and Body Flexibility tapes $150.00
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Portrait
By Stephanie Waite
Beaver County Times Staff 
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Dr. Jeff Eger of Mesa, Arizona got a call late last year from the Arizona State University golf coach " I’m sending you my baby," the coach said.  The "baby" was Phil Mickelson, a very promising golfer in his junior year at Arizona State, who was nearsighted with astigmatism. Mickelson was fearful of doctors touching his eye and contact lenses would ruin his depth perception, but his biggest problem was his vision: 20-80.  Aliquippa Native Dr. Jeff Eger talked Mickelson through the steps of putting the contacts in and corrected his vision to 20-20. "He’s been wearing lenses ever since," Dr. Jeff Eger said.  More notably, Mickelson won the Tucson Open just four in a half weeks after being fitted. The win was a rare feat for an amateur.  Dr. Jeff Eger attended Aliquippa High School through his junior year, then graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy, Bethany College and Southern College of Optometry in Tennessee. Optometrists in his family include his late uncle, Milton, and his cousins Arnold, Mark and Elmer Eger, all practicing in the area.  Dr. Jeff Eger also has fitted professional golfer Gil Morgan with lenses and is obviously very interested in treating athletes. He’s acquired a machine called an Accomtrac, which improves vision by teaching the patient how to relax the eye’s focusing muscle, called the ciliary.  "I sincerely believe that you don’t wear glasses on the golf course,"Dr. Jeff Eger says. "With global vision(contact lenses or natural good vision), you’ll play much better."  Dr. Jeff Eger acknowledges he’s a pretty good golfer, too. Though, he adds, "Not as good as my cousin Arnie." 
"Being in the zone" Using sports vision enhancement
In my clinical experience of pioneering Sports Vision Enhancement and Perceptual Optomized performance (P.O.P.) Treatment, since 1987, is Simply expanding the Big Picture and enhancing all 7 Vision Skills so they become, through practice, efficient.  Visual efficiency, in our practice, is defined as perfect performace with the least amount of time and energy.  This becomes playing smart as opposed to hard.  You see it-trust it-feel it (intution)-do it to your true potential.  How can we help you develop championship potential?
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4 1/2 weeks after Phil Mickelson's Vision Enhancement he won the 1991 Tuscon Northen Telecom PGA Event. Dr. Gil Morgan, PGA player, won the 1990 Kempher Open at age 41 a few months after our Sports Vision Enhancement treatment in January 1990.  Truth equals Performance Your PERFORMANCE is only as good as your VISION.
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Pittsburgh Press Sports
 February 3-1991
By Gerry Dulac
Mediate not only has a new putter but a new teacher (Phoenix based Craig Harrison), a new baby (Rocco Vincent) and a new waistline. His weight, which ballooned to 238 last year because of his hip, is down to 207. It has allowed, Mediate to post his first successive top 10 finishes. (Tucson, tied for ninth; Phoenix tied for ninth) since joining the tour in 1986.   “I had a chance to win both those tournaments. I’m out here to get in contention as many times as I can
See Phil See
Phil Mickelson, the first amateur since Scott Verplank to win a PGA Tour event, had more than long drives and a precise putting stroke when he won the Tucson Open two weeks ago. He had near perfect vision, thanks to an Aliquippa native.   Mickelson, a junior at Arizona State, was fitted for contact lenses the week before Christmas by Jeff Eger, a Mesa, Arizona, Optometrist who has also helped tour player, Gil Morgan.  “I hadn’t been able to see anything longer than a wedge land for the last four years,” Mickelson told the Phoenix Gazette.  “He couldn’t see but 20-80 vision, but I corrected him fully,” said Eger, an Aliquippa High School graduate who moved to Arizona in 1975. “He went out to the waiting room and said, ‘I can’t believe it. I haven’t been able to see like this for the last two or three years. He came back the next day and said it was the first time he was able to see the ball land on the green.”   Arizona State Coach Steve Loy, who caddied for Mickelson in the Tucson Open sent his prodigy to Eger after reading about him. In several local newspapers Eger had helped Morgan a former classmate at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee by prescribing a contact lens for Morgan’s non-dominant eye. Eger brought the lens to the putting green before the final round of the Phoenix Open last year.  Morgan shot 3 under that day finished second in the Los Angeles Open Four weeks later and won the Kemper Open in June. Eger has been trying to therapeutically improve golfers vision with an Accomtrac, a high tech instrument that relaxes the ciliary or focusing muscle, of the eye. Eger said the machine is used by several professional sports teams including the Pirates.   “Golf is a peripheral vision sport.” said Eger. “You have to have good peripheral vision. If you wear glasses you’re cutting the periphery down. One guy who did exceptionally well last year was Hale Irwin (who switched to contact lenses).”
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Seeing and Feeling the Big Picture to

Improve Your Golf Game

Sun Golf January 1995

     Many sports writers are asking why no American has won a major PGA event? I can’t recall this ever happening before and would like to offer an impression for the loss of U.S. dominance.  Present-day American golf has an overemphasis of mentally analyzing or intellectualizing the shot.

     The players are prodded by teachers and sports psychologists to think about their game and make the intelligent shots. There is no emphasis on seeing efficiently first, seeing the positive big picture and being tested for all seven skills of vision by an experienced sports optometrist. When the player can see more efficiently, they feel easier and play easier.

     Most European, Australian and South Africans are taught to play their game with their eyes and go by feel or instinct. Most Americans work their game by over thinking or debating their first instinct which is the direct opposite of feeling your game.

     Many of the top professional and amateur golfers have sub par sight, sluggish near-far focusing ability, eye tracking problems or poor eye teaming and balancing over a putt which can all be developed or enhanced with sports vision therapy.

     We tell the players they can’t focus until they can focus. Vision is more fundamental than the mental aspect because light information comes through the eyes first and it is the most dominate scense.

     One golf professional who has now started to play his game "visually instinctive," shortly after being fit with custom fitted golf performance contact lenses, explained the difference between mental golf and visual golf. His definition of playing mentally is doing something wrong to get the right performance.

     If you don’t see it correctly because your vision is not efficient, then playing what you see will give you the incorrect performance. So you have to outsmart your first guess to get the ball in the hole. You putt like a politician by debating over the ball. He says, "the game is fun now, I just see it, trust it and do it."

    Golf is a game and you are supposed to have fun when you play to your true potential. The more peripheral and natural you are in seeing the more relaxed and instinctive you will be in your playing. The hands will go naturally where the eyes were last focused at on the ball. The more positive, open and simple your mind’s eye picture is the easier you can feel your game which some players call playing in the zone. Over thinking funnels your vision picture in and over focuses your target, making your whole body tight.

     Maybe the American players should address the vision (eyes or seeing) and play with more emphasis on feelings or instinct for better touch around the greens? What good is keeping your eyes on the ball if the information coming through it to the minds’s eye is inefficient? It’s like Flip Wilson says "what you see is what you get"

 

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This applies to Ryder Cup performance of U.S. Teams vs. Europeans. Champions "feel" their game, in our experience.  You can't think the feel.

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Before You Tee-Off, Check Your Eyes
"Your Health Monthly" August 2007 Pg 20
Dr. Jeffrey Eger of All American Sports Vision is the first to admit that what he does may seem "goofy" and it is. Hidden in his small office are the apparatus of a training program: a two-by-four, trampoline, beads on strings and tennis balls with dots marked with Sharpies. But that's how he likes it. "I want to dumb them up," Eger says. He believes these are some of the keys to conquering the yips. No one knows for sure what causes the yips. The longest-held belief is performance anxiety, or choking. It's a simple deduction, considering the yips rarely show up during practice. They also are accompanied with a fast heart rate, and tense and tight hands, all symptoms of anxiety. However, Mayo Clinic researchers think it could be a neurological disorder called focal dystonia, and it doesn't just effect golfers; it would affect anyone who spends years doing slow, repetitive, detailed hand movements, but that's why, the researchers say, it doesn't affect the swing. It's described as a spastic, jerking motion of the dominant hand that reroutes simple 3-4 foot putts around the hole. The heart of the Mayo study is that the yips don't typically happen to new golfers, or young golfers for that matter. Players with more than 25 years of experience are most prone to the condition. Eger offers an entirely different theory than the psychologists and neurologists, and it has something to do with a different problem that accompanies age-eyesight. Typically, Eger puts it in simple terms, "If you can't trust what you see, then how can you play?" Eger isn't just casting quacks from the duck pond. He's a member of the Bausch & Lomb Sports Advisory Committee, a fellow of the National Eye Research Foundation and functioned as the official eye doctor of the Arizona State University golf team when Phil Mickelson was embedded there and when the team won its first National championship in 1990. Eger was the first doctor to fit Mickelson with contacts. That's really where Eger's advice starts; glasses and the links don't mix, not even sunglasses. Imagine looking through a magnifying glass. Along the edges of the lens, the image is distorted, or what is referred to as prisms of visions. Many people think peripheral vision, in the absence of predators does little more than prevent some automobile accidents. Evidence suggests it's a bit more important. The part of our brain where the two hemispheres separate is called the inter-hemispheric fissure, which has been linked to peripheral vision. This area of the brain is associated with fast reactions to visual stimuli in the peripheral vision as well as balance. Could distorted peripheral vision cause false readings and the quick, jerking motion associated with the yips? Eger thinks so. The eyes are our dominant sense, accounting for 75 to 80 percent of all sensory information going into the brain. Because of this, much of the real estate inside our skull assists in processing that information. According to Eger, there is a one-to-one connection from rods in the retina to cells in the cerebellum, and the wider your peripheral vision; the more latent rods are activated, in turn switching on latent cells in the brain. This can make you more relaxed, balanced and coordinated. Eger also helped Trip Kuehne, a team mate of Mickelson's at Arizona State. You might have forgotten about him; in 1994, he lost to Tiger Woods by two strokes in the U.S. Amateur Open. When Kuehne first met Eger, he was the worst putter on the ASU golf team- the B team. Kuehne was young, not with the tenure of the participants of the Mayo research, but he had the yips. He also wore cumbersome glasses, giving his peripheral vision the "fishbowl" effect. "We put him in custom-fitted contact lenses," Eger says. "In less than five weeks, he advanced to the A team at ASU." The big reason: Kuehne's putting improved. Other golfers have also noticed their game improve congruently with their vision. In the LA Times, Chi Chi Rodriguez stated: "The eyes control the nervous system. That's why you never see a blind man who's nervous."
CUSTOM OR BUST
 Eyes don't lose their ability in unison; they can develop problems-and diseases-singularly. Because of this fact, one eye may be able to see things clearly at four to five feet, while the other can't. What does it mean? Well, if you're serious golfer and you want to keep your visual edge, you'll need to get your contact lenses custom-fitted, that way each lens treats the individual eye. If you're considering LASIK, there is a personalized version-called custom wave- that hs enabled some people to obtain better than 20/20 vision. Since each eye is unique, custom-wave LASIK starts off by making a blueprint of each eyeball, then the laser's settings are tweaked to give each eyeball the optimum adjustment. But keep in mind: Age-related presbyopia, the inablility to read the newspaper without glasses, cannot be fixed by LASIK. The only known cure for that is a procedure named clear lens replacement, which, depending on the lens, can eliminate the need for reading glasses in 8 out of 10 people.
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Dear Champion Golfer and Athletes

In order to win a championship every great athlete has to have an edge.   By improving all seven skills of vision, not just sight, we have seen how a golfer’s game can improve. A well fitted sports performance contact lens, custom fitted, is essential to see easy and see the big picture in golf for sub par sight problems.   Easier eye movements and keeping your head still will improve your eye fixation and balancing which is crucial in a good short game. This can be developed and trained by a Sports Optometrist.

     I have a six step visual set up in the short game that has been used for years which helps to take three to twelve strokes off a player’s score in putting alone. It cannot work optimumly if your vision is not working efficiently. So a thorough sports vision exam is required before this is taught.  What you see is what you get. If you have sub par visual input you’ll get inconsistent sports performance even if your swing mechanics are correct.  Vision is much more basic and fundamental than the mental game because 80% the information comes through the eyes initially. I tell my players, "you can’t focus (mental in the mind) until you can focus (in the eyes)."

     We’ve seen 17 champions after working with vision enhancement techniques in professional and amateur events. Hope your New Year is healthy and prosperous and you see nothing but the positive big picture. Hope you enjoy these Sports Vision Articles.

 Sincerely,

 Dr. Jeff Eger

  Results

         3 champions on the PGA tour after our Sports Vision Enhancement or Perceptual Optimized Performance (from 1990 - 1992).  Every athlete improved performance once Vision skills ( all 7) were addressed. Earnings increased at least twice of previous year after visual efficiency was instilled and enhanced.  This 6 step Ocular Procedure for Visual efficiency reduces 3 to 12 strokes off all golfer's game.

I.C. putter and drill for this unique set up on video tape or DVD is $399 plus shipping and handling. 

 Vision training tape for vision skill improvement is $150.00 

Eyes and Body Flexibility tapes $150.00

The Phoenix Gazette                         **    Health Plus                               Saturday, January 19, 1991 

Some pupils aided by vision therapy

By Paulette Bolyard
Gazette Correspondent

TEMPE - When 11-year old Jacob Sparks grades began to fall, instead of sending him to his room to study, his mother sent him to a vision therapist.
    The idea was to help the youngster coordinate his eye movement with his body movement to increase "eye-teaming skills."
    The eyes are supposed to work as a team.  They should be moving as one.  Poor eye-teaming skills result
in reduced depth-perception and inaccurate hand-eye-body coordination." explains Dr. Jeff Eger, and optometrist who has added  vision therapy to his Tempe and Mesa practices.
    Eger says reduced eye-teaming is often associated with delays in learning.
    "When a mismatch is created between vision and touch, vision becomes unreliable.  The patient learns not to trust what he sees,"  Eger says.
    Eger called Jacob's vision condition "wired."
    "He had poorly developed eye movements.  This caused him to skip lines while he was reading and reverse words." Eger said.
    Eger also worked with Jacob's older sister, Sara, 13.  He describes her problem as amblyopia, or "lazy eye."
    He treated the children by putting them through twice-a-week therapy sessions that included physical activities such as walking a balance beam, jumping on a trampoline and working word puzzles and drawing.
    The trampoline exercises, he explains, help develop rhythm, sense of direction, verbalization of movements and integration of eye movements.
    The children practiced jumping on the trampoline while looking at a chalkboard and calling out directions of arrows on the board and pointing their hands in the direction.  Under the doctor's direction, the youngsters bounced and answered questions about the arrows on the board.
    "Smooth and accurate eye movements are important to reading. Our eyes must move smoothly along a line of print and precisely on to the next line. When the child isn't doing this, when the eyes are jumping, reading becomes a chore and a task they want to avoid," he said.
     The balance beam was used to strengthen eye and body coordination and develop focusing or "eye-teaming."
    Eger explains, "Focusing is the change our eyes make to maintain clarity as we shift our gaze. This is important when a child copies something from the chalkboard in the classroom. If it (focusing) is slow or inaccurate, the child's schoolwork suffers. Paying attention in class also becomes a problem."
    For visualization, the ability to create a mental picture of an object already seen, Eger had Sara and Jacob copy a drawing.  He says this test and exercise can help him discover if the patient favors one eye over another.  It also, he says, helps the student learn to follow directions and think abstractly.
     "Good visualization helps us remember what we've read and studied," he adds.
    Susan Sparks, Jacob's and Sara's mother, says she's pleased with the children's progress because of vision therapy.
    "Sara's lazy eye was so bad, she was going blind. The eye test they give in school don't pick up the kind of problems a vision therapist can detect.  And Jacob's grades have improved," Sparks said.
    She recommends parents consider vision therapy as an alternative to help children who are doing poorly in school. But there is one drawback, she says.
     It can be expensive. And you don't know how long it's going to take to help them. "Some insurances will cover it, though," she said.
    Eger said vision therapy isn't a new practice, but it is more popular back East. He also does vision training with golfers, bowlers, and other sports enthusiasts who want to improve their games.
    The Sparks' children attended vision therapy for approximately four months. Besides office sessions, they were given exercises to do at home. Eger said Sara's condition also improved when he fitted her with a contact lens.

 

 Both Jacob and Sara graduated high school and college.  They learned to see the big picture.  They are self sufficient and working at their "true" potiental they are not wards of their parents, state or prisons with a higher education.  We develop ability's.

 

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Ahwatukee Area Doctor Can Improve Your Vision With Biofeedback
Ahwatukee News by Clay Shand 1989
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Tempe optometrist and Ahwatukee homeowner Dr. Jeffrey J. Eger recently acquired a state of the art Accommotrac vision trainer which corrects focusing problems and is useful in increasing peripheral awareness which is a necessity in athletics. Dr. Eger is planning to use the Accommotrac therapy with professional sports teams such as football, basketball, baseball, golf and tennis.  No matter what sport you may be involved with: professional, university, or just recreational, the Accommotrac can help you become more aware of where the ball is in relation to the hoop, cup, or opposing players. It can help you attain smoother eye tracking to the motion of the ball, with quicker and ore accurate eye focusing.   Every sports participant is always looking for a competitive edge and you always hear, “keep your eye on the ball,” but Dr. Eger asks what good is that if the visual information is incorrect? Visual fatigue inhibits this ability and the Accommotrac can train you to see “easy” as opposed to seeing “hard.” Just as coaches train athletes’ large muscles the optometrist trains small muscles in the eye to improve performance through biofeedback.   The device is a high technology electronic instrument used by the doctor to teach the patient by sight and sound how to voluntarily control the focusing muscle.  The patient looks into the instrument and hears a sound informing them when the ciliary muscle is properly focused. This method of biofeedback is a natural process whereby you can learn to control a bodily process that you’re not normally aware of. Through biofeedback, you can alter your heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, as well as the focusing muscle of the eye.   Here’s how it works: the patient sits in a dark room (in order to eliminate visual distractions) and looks into the instrument. It emits a harmless infra-red light into the eye and the focusing status of the eye is measured 40 times per second. Measurements are converted into sound signals which occur instantly after each focusing measurement.   The patient then learns by biofeedback how to voluntarily control the focusing muscle. It is a retraining program for learning to see clearly without the use of glasses. The training is augmented with a series of training exercises for the patient to perform which enhances the treatments and makes them last over a period of time. The number and frequency of treatments is variable depending on the degree of the focusing problem and the patient’s motivation.  Sports vision therapy is very popular on both coasts as it helps the athlete move correctly and smoothly, know where they are in the space around them, increases ease of flexibility and speed of fixation (near to far), gives wider peripheral awareness, and when shooting a ball, the athlete totally understands how far away the object is.  The therapy also reduces stress and promotes self wellness, the idea of getting better before you get sick. It not only improves your sight, (what you see on the eye chart) but improves your vision, (the knowledge you gain from what you see). For more information contact Dr. Eger at his office on 1106 W University, suite #1 in Mesa Arizona 964-6672
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The Ahwatukee Weekly News            **                                                               October 7, 1992 

Dr. Eger Has Success With Sports Vision Enhancement Therapy

By Clay Schad

Dr. Jeffrey Eger continues to have success with his sports vision enhancement therapy which combines vision training lenses with biofeedback techniques, and/or a sports contact lens when needed.

John Smith III was the slowest reader in his class before beginning work with Dr. Eger. Now he says he is the fastest. His eyes are stronger due to the near only training glasses and his peripheral vision is enhanced due to the therapy. John wants to play pro basketball and with a height of 6 ft., 5" at 13 years of age, he probably has a good chance to play center, as he desires, now that his distance sight has improved.

Katie Kinder hopes to be a gymnast anf has been training for four years. She had trouble seeing near and after just a few weeks of near point glasses and training, she says she can already tell a big difference. "I can grab the bars better, " she says. Katie would like to get a college scholorship at the University of Utah and compete in the Olympics.

Dr. Eger believes that to be a good athlete the need to train the eyes is just as important as physical workouts. In the last 31/2 years Dr. Eger has worked with three PGA golfers and after 5 weeks to 3 1/2 months all won championships. Last year 4 out of 5 top ASU golfers were his contact lens patients. He says, "Once the seven parts of vision are practiced correctly and efficiently, and become part of you, you begin playing your game better on auto pilot." He trains patients how to move their eyes, instead of their head. He says that you can move your eyes 40 to 50 times faster than your head and moving your head gets you out of balance.

John's dad, John Smith Jr., a former Harlem Globe Trotter says that his son's grades went from C's to A's and his attention has improved, as well as his vision. His attitude in supporting his son's ambition is, "to be there to support him." Katie's mom said the idea is to, "raise children to have dreams and encourage them to follow their dreams. The sport is not just a sport, it's a disapline. They learn to set goals and work towards those goals, and to accept failures." Dr. Eger adds, "With optimum vision there can be optimum performance in athletics as well as learning in school.."

The Arizona Republic                Sports         **                                     Tuesday, February 18, 1997   
    Tool to enhance athletes' reactions is eye-opener

 By Jim Gintonio
 The Arizona Republic

    For years, Dr. Jeff Eger, an optometrist, was nagged by a question:
    "Do athletes think too much?" he asked himself recently for about the millionth time.
    "You see," he said, "I think that dumb means smart. My motto is KISS, which means 'keep it simple, stupid.' " "That means performing your best with the least amount of time and energy."
    Eger's theory, Pay more attention to what you see and less to what you think.
    After years of tinkering, he came up with a machine that measures an athlete's response time, but he needed a coach willing to let him test his theories.
    Enter Coach Argie Rhymes and the talented Carl Hayden boys basketball team, which is making a run for the Class 5A state championship.  The Falcons have seen the light for years, but Rhymes figured Eger's device could give them a little edge, so he gave Eger the green light to work with a few of his players.
    The eight-light contraption, patent pending, is called the EZ EYE.  The athlete stands in front of it, and the lights flash randomly in a number of positions for 10 cycles. The object is to tap the light the instant it flashes.  Reacting rapidly ideally translates into quicker, non-thinking actions on the basketball court.
    The Falcon with the quickest reaction time is 6 foot 10 John Smith III, whose father is a former Harlem Globetrotter. Skeptics might say it's in the genes; this kid "should" be quick.
    But that's not the case. Smith said.
    "This has helped me alot." Smith said. "When I read, for example.  I can concentrate and read without head movement.
    "On the basketball court, I use my eyes more and I don't have to move my head. You want periphrial vision."
    Keeping his head from bobbing has an added benefit. "It helps my jump shot." Smith said. 
    Smith, who averages 15 points, eight rebounds, and five blocked shots, is a key to the Falcons' success. Carl Hayden (22-3) hosts Tempe Corona del Sol (18-10) in a first round playoff game Wednesday.
    Smith has been working with Eger for six years.  His eye conditioning on more conventional machines has served him well.
   
"I've been going to Dr. Eger three times a week." he said. "I don't need reading glasses anymore."
    He can punch out the lightcycle in 1 minute, 55 seconds, almost two minutes faster than his first attempt.  That's the best on the team, but Eger said the biggest success story could be Jerome Brown, who lost the sight on his right eye as a toddler when it was punctured by a coil.
    "I'm totally blind in that eye, but I'm used to it." said Brown, who is averaging about 10 points and 10 rebounds.  His play doesn't reflect his lack of vision; it's more like he has eyes in the back of his head.
    "In his mind's eye, he can see as well as anyone." Eger said. "We know he's a terrific player, and he's becoming more periphrial."
    Brown just smiled at the compliments and said he always has been able to react. But Smith said he has noticed a difference in his teammate.
   "I think he's more relaxed out there." he said. 
    Eger has made a case study of Smith.
    "Every time John uses the machine, he teaches me something about reaction." Eger said. "He can react and feel and not think too much."

RESULTS INFORMATION By Dr. EGER REGARDING THIS ARTICLE
Results of test marketing the E.Z. Eye on four players on the Carl Hayden High School Boys Basketball team.  Two became 1st Team All-State by The Arizona Republic,  Wayne Rhymes and Jerome Brown. Three players scored in double digits in the 1997 5A All-Star Game. John Smith III(10 pts), Wayne Rhymes(23 pts) & high scorer Jerome Brown(27 pts).  Carl Hayden High School Boys Basketball team lost NO games during our training (which started at mid-season), and won the 5A State Championship!  Jerome Brown has only one centrally seeing eye; however, he has peripheral vision out of both eyes.  With the E.Z. Eye Trainer they improved reaction time, eye-hand coordination, and enhanced  peripheral vision for more court awareness.  Jerome was the sixth man on his team.  He now sees the big picture.  Jerome was high scorer in the 1997 State All-Star Game with 15 of his 27 points in the final quarter. In the 5A State Championship, Wayne Rhymes was the high scorer, and Jerome Brown was second best with 19 points.  

Our first sports vision patient using sports vision enhancement techniques. Look at the results with John Smith III, son of John "Little John" Smith II, former Harlem Globetrotter. See how efficiently (perfect perfomance with the least amount of time and energy) John's eyes track to the ball "The Eyes Lead The Body"

  The Ahwatukee News                                              **                                              October 2 , 1991    

   By Clay Shad
   The Ahwatukee News

    Dr. Eger's Success With Sports Vision Enhancement Therapy As Shown On
   Channel 12 Sports_______________________________________________

    Optometrist Dr. Jeffrey Eger is having phenomenal success with his sports vision enhancement therapy.
Recently, two of his patients on the A.S.U. golf team became semi-finalists in the U.S. Amateur Championship Tournament. Phil Mickelson won the Tucson Open and was one of only three amateurs to ever accomplish this.
    Dr. Eger starts by giving the best possible fit in a contact lens to ensure good peripheral and central vision. He follows that up with vision enhancement therapy which results in a minimal amount of head movement from the ball to the hole.  Better concemntration results in better putting.
    To evaluate his results, Dr. Eger assembled a test group of thirty individuals which included two of the top teaching pros in the valley.  They were told to putt their own way on the front nine and on the back nine they used his six-step putting procedure.  Members of the test group reduced their putting strokes from 3 to 12 strokes each.
    The six-stroke putting procedure teaches a person how to balance himself over the ball and swing with a reduced amount of head movement.  Steve Pascente, Channel 12 sports director, recently did a story on Dr. Eger's innovative new technique.

* The "6-STEP PROCEDURE FOR VISUALLY EFFECIENT PUTTING" video is
for sale on the Video Page of this website.

GOLF WORLD MAGAZINE                                          **                                    1991    

  Senior PGA Tour

    The Eyes Have It: Chi Chi Rodriguez was somewhat less than delighted with his putting Sunday in the GTE West Capital Classic, but he made birdie putts when he needed them most, 3 in the last 6 holes.  His nerves weren't always so solid.
    "I was a real good putter when I joined the tour," said Rodiguez.  "A magazine once gave me $50 to write an article about putting. All I knew was there was a hole and the ball was supposed to go in it. Once I started analyzing what I was doing my nerves were real bad.  So that $50 cost me alot of money."
    Rodriguez thinks one reason he's a good putter again is because his eyesight is so good, better than ever, in fact. He said it has improved from 20/20 to 20/15. 
    "The eyes control the nervous system," Rodriguez maintained. "That's why you never see a blind man who is nervous because he can't use his eyes."

The essence of this article, in Dr. Eger's opinion, is very profound for improving your vision skills such as sight and peripheral vision in Chi Chi's success.  He got back to seeing the big picture to perform in the feeling state (intuition or instincts), and trusted what his eyes told him to do. The 16 champions that we saw develop into visually intuitive and instinctual athletes played by feel, were automatic, and overrode the restrictions of thought.  When all 7 Skills of Vision were improved and the 6 Step Putting Procedure for visually efficient putting were instilled, they saw easy, felt easy, and played to true potential. Dr. Eger's two favorite tips and expressions to his top champion athletes:
"You can't think the feel" & "You can't focus until you focus."

 

We have a 6 step "Visually Efficient" Putting set up with our I.C. Putter that will take 3-12 strokes off your game and putting alone.

 


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