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  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.

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    Before I came to Dr. Eger, I was told by the top corneal specialist in Arizona that I needed a corneal transplant due to an eye disease, keratoconus.  Within one month of working with Dr. Eger, I had recovered my vision using orthokeratology lenses and lifestyle changes.  Now it is seven years later, and I never needed that surgery!  Dr. Eger has a wealth of knowledge, and his background as a teacher allows him to explain ideas simply.  Unlike traditional optometrists, Dr. Eger empowers the patient to improve their vision by putting them back in control of their health.  Dr. Eger is also very impassioned about his field and cares deeply about his patients.  If you care at all about your visual health, make an appointment with Dr. Eger today.  It certainly changed my life! 

                                                                                                                              Kristin Golubchik
                                                                                                                              Mesa, AZ

     Ted Schmelzer
     Phoenix, AZ

     Re: Orthokeratology

        Several years ago I started ortho-k with Dr. Eger.  Two weeks after I started I threw away my glasses and started using contacts exclusively.  I wear my lenses probably on the average, 12 hours a week.  I take a flight physical every 2 years.  My medical certificate used to say, "must use corrective lenses".  After ortho-k it read, "must carry reading glasses while operating aircraft".  This year there were no restrictions.  The physical was on my 66th birthday.  I wear lenses while watching TV in the evening two or three times a week.  I also wear them when going to the Suns games.  That's it.
     I never wear them during the day.  My golfing buddies rely on me to track their ball.  They can't believe I see so well without my glasses.
     I recommend anyone, regardless of age, give this treatment serious consideration.

                                                                                                                                 Ted Schmelzer

  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 I, 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 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.  


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!

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."

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