Vistar Insights

Dr. John Wood has Retired from Vistar Eye Center

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Dr. John Wood has retired from Vistar Eye Center after 37 years of continued service to the Roanoke Valley and Southwest Virginia.

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The Vistar Eye Center Honors a Unique Piece of Roanoke History

Friday, February 01, 2019

Dr. Frank Cotter of the Vistar Eye Center plans to honor a unique piece of Star City history at our 707 Jefferson Street office in Roanoke with a new display in his first-floor office. The display will commemorate a decades-long friendship between the late Roanoke physician Elbyrne Grady Gill and Helen Keller. You can read more about the planned display and the fascinating history it represents in this article written by The Roanoke Times!

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The Road to Recovery from Double Vision: A Patient Story

The Road to Recovery from Double Vision: A Patient Story

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

It was a hot and humid summer day when Jim and three family members teed off for a round of golf in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Unfortunately, after several holes, Jim began feeling a bit nauseated and dizzy. He decided to sit out the back nine in the clubhouse. As the day went on, ...

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Kenneth D. Tuck, M.D. Named Eye Health Hero

Kenneth D. Tuck, M.D. Named Eye Health Hero

Thursday, November 15, 2018

This year at the American Academy of Ophthalmology was no different. During the Global Welcome Lunch, Dr. Tuck was given the honor of receiving the Eye Health Hero Award, given by the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness.

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Experienced Optical Manager Promoted to Chief Operating Officer at Vistar Eye Center

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Kathy Shelton to Chief Operating Officer. Kathy joined our practice in 2011, most recently serving as the manager of our Optical Department.

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Exercise and Your Eye Health

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

There are many reasons that people exercise – increased energy, weight loss, and several additional benefits. But have you ever heard how regular exercise can keep your eyes on their A game? Here is how regular exercise is helping your vision!

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3 Tips That Can Help You Decrease Your Risk Of Spring Allergies

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

You have probably found yourself, a victim, to spring allergies and the annoying side effects. A runny nose, and the dreaded red, itchy, watery eyes. Here are 3 tips you can use to decrease your risk of getting spring allergies this year.

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Everything You Need To Know About Cataracts

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

What are some facts about cataracts that you haven’t heard before? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Here is everything that you need to know about cataracts!

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These 4 Habits Are Damaging Your Eyes

Monday, January 22, 2018

What if you found out your bad habits were affecting your eye health? We are here to help! Here are 4 bad habits that could be negatively impacting your eyes.

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Everything You Need To Know About Pink Eye

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Chances are you or someone you know has dealt with an irritating, common eye condition known as pink eye or conjunctivitis. Here is everything you need to know about pink eye!

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Your Eye Health and Your Diet

Friday, December 15, 2017

It is important to ensure that you are eating foods that are good for your overall health as well as your eye health. Don't worry, we’ve got you covered - here are 3 things in your diet that are damaging your eye health!

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Common Eye Injuries: What are they and how can you prevent them

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

There are many scenarios you may find yourself in where you are at risk for an eye injury. Whether you are playing a sport, handling chemicals, or in the way of any foreign objects you could find yourself dealing with an eye injury. Here are 4 of the most common eye injuries and how you can prevent them!

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Everything You Need to Know About Open-Angle Glaucoma

Friday, November 10, 2017

As we get older we start thinking more and more about health and conditions we may be prone to getting. This is something you think about a lot when thinking about your eye health in particular. One condition that can start to develop as you get older is Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma.

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4 Easy Steps To Take To Protect Your Vision

Thursday, October 26, 2017

There are many steps you can take to keep your body healthy, including your eye health and vision. There are many factors that contribute to your eye health and these are a couple ways you can protect your vision!

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Dr. Vishak John Appears on Daytime Blue Ridge to Discuss Warning Signs of Retina Damage

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Last week, our newest retina specialist, Dr. Vishak John, made an appearance on Daytime Blue Ridge to discuss the warning signs of retina damage

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Dr. Stuart Tims Performs LASIK Eye Surgery Live!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Dr. Stuart Tims of Vistar Eye Center was featured on Daytime Blue Ridge! Watch the segment, and view LASIK surgery performed live on camera.

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Is It Time for You to Get an Eye Exam?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Life gets busy and sometimes we forgot about appointments, it happens. So, if you are sitting there trying to remember when the last time you had your eyes checked - you aren’t alone. Your health is important, and it is crucial to take care of your eyes. So, when do you know it’s time to get your eyes checked?

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Helpful Tips to Protect Your Eyes from Digital Eye Strain

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Growing up in today’s day and age it’s not if you will use technology throughout the day - it’s about how long your day will be consumed behind a screen. Whether you’re sitting at work behind a computer for 8 hours or lounging on the couch scrolling through your newsfeed you could be experiencing the side effects of Digital Eye Strain.

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The Difference Between Nearsightedness and Farsightedness

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

When you are at your eye appointment you might hear the terms nearsightedness and farsightedness. You might even be dealing with one of these conditions. But what do they both mean?

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How Smoking Is Negatively Impacting Your Vision.

Friday, August 25, 2017

It is well known that smoking is the leading cause of serious health conditions that affect your lungs, heart, and much more. What most people don’t know is how smoking negatively impacts your eyes.

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Foods That Will Help Keep Your Eyes Healthy!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

We fuel our body with foods for our overall health but have you ever put in any thought about which foods have the best impact on our eye health? We are here to help! Check out which food groups will help keep you and your eyes healthy!

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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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