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4 Things You Should Know About Cataracts

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world. Currently, cataracts affect more than 22 million people in the United States that are above the age of 40.

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What Does Falling Asleep in Your Contacts Mean for Your Eyes?

Thursday, July 13, 2017

We’ve all been there before, you fall asleep on your couch watching TV or get home from a long day at work and wake up with your contacts still in. We know we shouldn’t sleep in our contacts but mistakes are inevitable. But why is it so bad for us to wear our contacts overnight?

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5 Steps You Can Take to Reduce the Symptoms of Dry Eye

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

When your eyes stop producing enough tears needed to nourish your eyes, you could start having to deal with a condition known as Dry Eye.

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3 Helpful Tips That Can Help Improve Your Vision at Night

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Do you find yourself struggling with your vision at night? You aren’t alone! Worldwide people are experiencing this same vision impairment at night time.

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Dr. Will Griffeth Provides ICL Surgical Vision Correction

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

ICL Surgery, or Implantable Contact Lens Surgery, is new to the Roanoke Valley area. This past week, Dr. Will Griffeth performed the surgery for a local community member to provide them excellent distance vision outcomes.

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Local Eye Surgeon Introduces Innovative Procedure to Patients

Local Eye Surgeon Introduces Innovative Procedure to Patients

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

ROANOKE, VA. June 2017. - Dr. Will Griffeth, an eye surgeon with Vistar Eye Center, will perform the first Implantable Contact Lens (ICL) procedure at the Roanoke Valley Center for Sight on Friday, June 2nd. The innovative outpatient procedure offers a new option to patients outside of LASIK surgery and promises a major improvement in their nearsightedness.

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Sunglasses: Is Your Vision Being Protected?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Everyone knows sunglasses are cool, but what you may not know is that they can protect your vision. You might be saying “I thought sunglasses were just an accessory?” Well, they are an accessory! but they are also a utility. Sunglasses have been a fashion accessory for a very long time, but they can also block harmful rays from the sun.

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Featured on Daytime Blue Ridge: Cataract Surgery in Virgina

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Dr. Will Griffeth meets with Daytime Blue Ridge to discuss cataracts, reviewing the eye condition and discussing the process and benefits of cataract surgery.

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What are Cataracts? When Should You Contact an Eye Doctor?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

When the eyes natural lens becomes clouded with clumped up proteins then you are developing cataracts. These clumped proteins block light from entering the eye, which causes your vision to become increasingly blurrier over time and if left unresolved will result in the complete loss of your vision.

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Learn How to Protect Your Eyesight

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

We always try out best when it comes to protecting our skin, but not enough of us take the same care to protect our eyesight. Protecting your eyesight is very important and essential if you hope to have good quality vision by the time you are in your 40s.

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4 Things You Can Do To Avoid Severe Vision Loss

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Over 20 million people in North America alone suffer from severe vision loss. Not all of these eye diseases can be prevented or cured, but there are some things you can do to help your eyes remain healthy and possibly lower your risks of developing serious vision loss.

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Dr. Tims and the ECHO Foundation Perform Over 200 Cataract Surgeries in Honduras!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dr. Tims and the ECHO Foundation spent a week in San Pedro Sula, Honduras - during the trip they performed approximately 200 cataract surgeries in the community!

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3 Simple Ways To Protect Your Vision

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

We value our eyesight above many things, but not a lot of us think about how to best protect our vision as we get older. Every day we are faced with decisions that can have an effect on our vision over time. It is important that we take the time to think about our eye health and do what we can do help maintain good vision.

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3 Things You Can Do To Reduce Irritation From Allergies This Spring

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

So it is Spring! The beautiful season of blooming flowers and life, but wait isn't there something else about Spring that isn't so great? Right! The allergies! How could we forget about the allergies? Runny nose, itchy eyes, scratchy throat, irritated skin—all the good stuff! Spring is certainly a beautiful season, but the itchy eyes can be a real drag! So what can you do to protect your eyes during the Spring time to reduce irritation?

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5 Easy Ways To Keep Your Eyes Healthy This Winter

Monday, February 13, 2017

During winter, it can seem impossible to keep every part of your body covered and protected from the elements. Just like your hands need gloves, and you need snow boots to keep your feet toasty, there are things that you can do to keep your eyes healthy during the winter as well. Whether you’re living in a humid climate, or dealing with snowstorms, check out these 5 easy things you can do this winter.

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3 Common Eye Conditions To Watch Out For

Friday, February 10, 2017

With age comes many amazing things, like wisdom and experience from the world around you. But what many people don’t expect is for their eyesight to change. Eye health is important no matter what age you are, but older, aging eyes require a yearly comprehensive eye exam. Before your next eye exam, make sure you know about these common eye conditions!

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Exercise and How it can Positively Impact Your IOP

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Recent studies suggest that exercise can help to alleviate some eye pressure, which can potentially help if you have glaucoma. Now you might be thinking, “well, how much do I need to work out to get results?” The great thing is, you don't need to work out rigorously to see results.

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Nutrients in Food and How They Affect Your Eye Health

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

When it comes to nutrition, we have a lot of options available for us when we go to the grocery store every day. What we eat can have an effect on our health and ultimately that effects every part of our body. Even our eyes can be effected by our diet, so making smart choices with what we eat could possibly be the difference between clear or blurry as we get older.

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5 Tips to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Like the rest of our bodies, our eyes are affected by our health, so it is important that we keep our health in our consideration if we want to maintain good vision. Here are a few easy ways you can help to maintain the health of your eyes as you get older.

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Conjunctivitis: What is Pink Eye and How Can I Avoid It?

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Conjunctivitis, or “Pink Eye” as it is more commonly known, is a common eye problem that can be treated relatively easily and avoided using a few simple precautions.

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Top 4 Myths About Your Eyes

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about our eyes. I'm sure you've heard of the old myth where if someone hits you in the back of the head while you are crossing your eyes they will get stuck. Well, that is just one of the many silly myths that have come up over the years. The American Academy of Ophthalmology publishes a list of these myths on their website, but here is our “Top 4 Myths About Your Eyes.”

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5 Vitamins and Nutrients that Should be a Part of Your Diet

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Everyone has heard that they should be eating more carrots to improve their eyesight. This is because of the high levels of beta-carotene that is found in carrots which is said to be essential in maintaining healthy eyes. There are actually quite a few different vitamins and nutrients that are considered to be good for your eye health.

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4 Quick Fixes for Your Eye Nutrition

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Most people try to eat healthy and take their daily vitamins, but it is easy to forget and cut corners when you’ve had a busy week. It is easy to take our eyes for granted, but they are the second most physiologically active part of our bodies—second only to the brain! This means our eyes required approximately 25% of the nutrients we take in daily to remain healthy. With this blog, we are going to talk about some easy things that can be done to your daily diet to help boost your eyes nutrition.

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3 Ways To Reduce Your Symptoms Of Digital Eye Strain

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Pretty much everyone uses computers or digital devices for something today. We are constantly exposed to digital screens either at work or in our personal lives and this constant exposure can lead to some eye strain over time. Not a lot of people are familiar with the issues of digital eye strain, even though they could be suffering from it on a daily basis.

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Researchers Identify 3 New Eye Complications Related to the Zika Virus

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Research conducted by scientists studying infants with the Zika virus in Brazil have discovered new dangerous eye complications that can be linked to the virus. These eye complications can lead to possible severe vision loss and even possibly complete vision loss. Three Brazilian infants that have microcephaly—a birth defect caused by Zika that causes shrunken heads and brains in newborns—have been observed of also having hemorrhaging, abnormal blood vessel development and retinal lesions. This has never been observed before by researchers.

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How You Should Be Protecting Yourself from the Sun

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Do you like to spend a lot of time outdoors? Spending time in the sun, camping, hiking—these are all things that are great outdoors activities, but it is important to make sure you are taking the right steps to protecting yourself from the sun’s rays. Most people know to protect their skin from the sun, but the dangers the suns ultraviolet (UV) rays pose to your eyes are much less common knowledge.

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Study Suggests Women Are More at Risk of Developing Serious Myopic Complications

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A recent study was conducted that determined a large number of adults in America suffered from extreme nearsightedness (myopia)—9.6 million adults to be exact. Of that staggering number, 820,000 of those people suffer from degenerative eye disease and another 41,000 people deal with a serious vision complication which is called myopic choroidal neovascularization—which can cause permanent vision loss, women in particular seem to be more susceptible.

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Four Back-to-School Eye Health Recommendations

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

It is that time of year again! Back-to-School! Millions of parents around the country are rushing to stores to buy all the newest school supplies and outfits. While you are going through your list of school supplies make sure to not skip your child’s eye health.

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Colorblindness: What it Means to be “Colorblind”

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Having poor color vision is a problem that is more common than you would think. Most people refer to having poor color vision as suffering from “colorblindness,” however, there are different levels at which you can be “colorblind.” People who only see in black and white and experience true “colorblindness” are incredibly rare.

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Cataracts: Why They Occur and When You Should Call Your Eye Doctor

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Cataracts occur when the eyes natural lens becomes clouded with clumped up proteins. These proteins block light as it enters your eye which causes your vision to become gradually more blurry and if left unchecked could result in complete loss of vision.

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Glare and Halos: Cause, Effect and Solution

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Our ability to see anything is dependent on light, so it is only natural to assume when light is disrupted by a defect on our retina that it would affect our vision. The two most common vision defects people experience are glare and halos. Halos appear as bright circles around sources of light, you will notice this the most at night time—particularly as you are driving and oncoming cars headlights come zooming by. Glare occurs in your vision when light enters your eye and actually obstructs your vision.

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3 Non-Hygienic Habits Most Contact Lens Users Develop

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Chance are, if you are one of 35+ million contact lens users in America, you were taught all the basics of proper contact lens hygiene when you first received your prescription. There are probably even better odds that you currently aren’t following those contact lens hygiene basics you were taught every single day.

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Beyond The Cool: How Sunglasses Protect Your Vision

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Sunglasses have been synonymous with the idea of “cool” for a long time and it isn’t hard to imagine why. It is hard to picture sunglasses without thinking about Tom Cruise rocking aviators while riding on a motorcycle. Sunglasses have been an important fashion accessory in our society for a long time now, but it is important to make sure your sunglasses aren’t just form and have some function as well.

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Spring Allergies: The Cause and How You Can Reduce Your Exposure.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Well it is officially Spring, a time of beauty where plants spring into life and also a time of season allergies. Ocular allergies, commonly referred to as “eye allergies” are one of these Spring frustrations that millions of people deal with every year. If you suffer from Spring allergies, then you might end up having to deal with watery and/or irritated red eyes.

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Top 5 Ways to Help Your Eye Health and Reduce Risks of Vision Loss

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Currently, over 20 million Americans are dealing with serious vision loss conditions. While some eye diseases are caused by genetics and family history, many of them can be prevented by simply taking a few steps to protect your vision and improve your overall health. Living a healthy lifestyle can help to reduce your chances of developing future vision loss.

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What is the Cause of Dry Eye?

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The human eye relies a lot on tears to supply lubrication and moisture so that you can maintain your vision and comfort. You might be surprised to learn that tears are a combination of quite a few elements: water, oil, mucus, antibodies and proteins. Once these essential components are gathered, the human eyes special glands begin to secrete it evenly across the eye. If there is an imbalance in your tear system, then you may begin to experience dry eye.

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What Does It Mean To Have A Color Vision Deficiency?

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Color vision deficiency or, as it is more commonly known, color blindness, occurs when you are unable to perceive a wide spectrum of colors that the eye should be able to see. Color blindness can affect people at a variety of different levels, some may just only be unable to discern shades of red and green while others might see the world only in shades of grey. The most common color blindness affliction is the inability to discern shades of red and green, but a small percentage of people who suffer from color blindness will only see the world in black and white.

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3 Ways To Protect Your Vision In The Office

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Digital eye strain is a rapidly growing issue in today's computer reliant world. If you work in an office, chances are you will be spending quite some time in front of a computer screen which can cause your eyes to strain. In fact, 70 percent of Americans who work with computers on a daily basis deal with symptoms of digital eye strain. Luckily, there are some precautions you can take to help prevent digital eye strain and protect your vision.

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5 Things You Can Do To Protect Your Vision From Macular Degeneration

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a very common eye condition among senior citizens. AMD damages your central vision, which makes it difficult to recognize faces, write, read, paint, and do really anything that involves making out the small details. This makes it a real problem for the older crowd.

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3 Reasons Why It Is Time To Ditch Your Glasses For LASIK

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Think back to the moment when your eye doctor first told you that your vision was not 20/20 and you needed glasses. For most people, this moment was not a happy moment, but a moment of panic. For years’ glasses have carried with them an unfortunate social stigma—phrases like “four eyes” come to mind. If you use glasses today, then you might be due for an upgrade. Thanks to many advances in technology LASIK has become safer and more accessible than ever. Here are 3 reasons you should consider ditching your glasses.

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Plan Ahead, Prepare For Summer Travel With LASIK

Friday, January 29, 2016

We don't think it too early to start planning ahead for future summer travel. Traveling with corrective lenses like eyeglasses or contacts can be a real pain! You always have to pack an extra pair, just in case something happens to your current pair, and you are always concerned about losing them—after all, your travel plans would be ruined if you couldn't see anything clearly. So why not ditch the lenses and experience the freedom of living with clear vision with LASIK?

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5 Things You Should Avoid Doing If You Are A Contact Lens User

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The human eye is very sensitive to bacteria and debris, which makes contact lens use a liability for many people. It is easy to not take the necessary precautions with contact lenses, because we assume that nothing bad will happen if we cut corners just a little bit in regards to lens hygiene. Of course, this is not the case, our eyes are not as invincible as we like to think they are, and because of this misunderstanding many people end up having to deal with eye infections every year.

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Blurred Horizon? Myopia Might Be To Blame

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Myopia, or as it is commonly called “nearsightedness,” is an eye condition where objects in the distance begin to appear blurry in your vision. This particular eye condition can develop rapidly or slowly, but usually worsens more quickly during childhood and adolescence. Unfortunately, nearsightedness tends to be passed on genetically throughout the family, so if someone in your immediate family has myopia, there is a strong possibility you will develop it at some point as well.

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Preventative Medicine: Myth, or Legend?

Monday, November 30, 2015

Just because modern medicine is becoming increasingly fantastic, doesn't mean you should stop taking care of yourself. In fact, despite the constant advances in medical research, more and more doctors are looking at preventative medicine as a means of decreasing medical risk. Although preventative medical techniques won't be able to stop health complications caused by genetics, age, or uncontrollable environmental factors—it can help to slow the affects.

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Diabetes: The Dangers it Presents to Your Eye Health

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Over 9% of Americans suffer from diabetes, and approximately 1 out of 3 diabetic adults are affected by diabetic retinopathy. There are quite a few ocular complications caused by diabetes, but diabetic retinopathy is considered to be the most severe.

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Just How Serious Are Eye Floaters?

Monday, October 26, 2015

Eye floaters are most commonly caused by the separation of the vitreous body from the inner walls of the eye. As you age, the vitreous gel in your eye liquefies and shrinks, thus weakening the inner wall. When the vitreous detaches it begins to condense—this causes the floaters the average person notices in their vision.

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Top 5 Tips on How to Maintain Good Eye Health

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The human eye is an incredibly complex piece of biological engineering, it allows us to see by translating light into electrical signals and sending them to our brains. Due to the complexity of the human eye there are some things you might not know.

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Avocado Might be the Delicious Treat you NEED to Protect Your Eyes!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Recently, Avocado has grown exponentially in popularity in the culinary world. During the hot days of summer, the fresh flavors of the avocado are ideal. A staple of party food is the guacamole dip, this dip consists of mashed avocado, diced onion, tomato, and varying mixtures of seasoning—the ideal dip for crunchy tortilla chips! The avocado isn’t all flavor though, there are some real health benefits to including it in your diet, especially regarding your eyes.

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The Three Types of Cataracts and What you should be on the Lookout For

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Most people over the age of 40 that suffer vision loss are developing cataracts. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness throughout the entire world. The number of cases of cataracts far eclipse the amount of glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy cases combined!

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Allergies and What it Might Mean For Your Eyes

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Runny nose? Scratchy throat? Sneezing? These can all be caused by allergies, but allergies can effect a lot more than your nose and throat. The eyes are subject to many different allergens as well, and unfortunately many people are susceptible to these allergies.

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