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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.

"Implantable contact lenses are a good option for vision correction in patients with very high myopia, who often fall outside of safe ranges for LASIK surgery," said Dr. Griffeth.  "For these patients, the ability to achieve excellent vision without glasses or contacts can truly be life-changing."

The ICL device is an ultrathin lens placed inside the eye in front of the natural lens. ICL is an excellent option for patients who are not ideal candidates for LASIK, or who are between 25 and 45 years of age with an appropriate level of nearsightedness. Patients usually notice a dramatic difference before they leave the surgery center.

Dr. John Mitchell, a leading ICL specialist surgeon in the D.C. Metro area, will join Dr. Griffeth for Friday's procedures. For more information on the procedures performed by physicians at Vistar Eye Center, please visit

About Vistar Eye Center

With 12 main locations and 10 satellite offices throughout Southwest Virginia, Vistar Eye Center is the largest all-inclusive ocular health care provider. Vistar provides a range of comprehensive ophthalmologic services, as well as facial cosmetics and oculoplastic surgery to patients of all ages. Vistar's team of highly-skilled, board-certified ophthalmologists treat cataract, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and performs LASIK vision correction, glaucoma laser, and cataract surgery using the latest surgical technologies. For more information, visit or call 540.855.5100.