Vistar Insights

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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The Dangers Smoke Poses to Your Eyes

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

If you live in California, then you are probably familiar with the dangers of wildfires. Wildfires spread quickly and cause a lot of damage to the ecosystem and neighboring towns. Setting aside the obvious danger from the spread of fire, the smoke can be equally as detrimental to your health. Massive plumes of smoke created by wildfire can damage your lungs, but were you aware that the smoke can cause damage to your eyes as well?

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InSight Into the Future

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Springtime is the perfect time for a fresh start...so here we go. Welcome to InSight, Vistar Eye Center’s brand new blog!

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Salem Relay For Life - Participant

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Vistar Eye Center is proud to be an involved participant in The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life in Salem, Virginia this June 17th at Salem High School!

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Blepharoplasty - It’s a Real Eye Opener!

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Blethro-what, you ask? Blepharoplasty, also known as eye lift or eyelid lift surgery, is a procedure that lifts the upper, lower, or both eyelids to remove excess or sagging skin, puffiness and bags around the eyes.

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Cell Phones and Peripheral Vision

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

We live in a pretty technology-focused world…and that only seems to be increasing. Years ago if you had told housewives that their middle school children would all have – or have access to – their own, portable telephones they might have laughed.

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4 Ways to Protect Your Eyes from UV Radiation

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Now’s the time to hit the beaches, plan your picnics, explore biking and hiking trails, and enjoy warm weather vacations – summer is officially here!

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CustomVue LASIK: A New Way to Look At the World

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Lasik surgery has been around for a while and people have long been experiencing the benefits of this vision correction procedure.

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Back to School Eye Exams

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Shopping for all your back-to-school supplies, stocking the fridge with lunchbox-friendly foods, setting the alarms and coordinating morning routines? It must be August!

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Pink Eye Preventions

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

High-fives, special handshakes, recess on the jungle gym, trading lunches…these are all fun parts of any typical school year!

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The Pink Eye Problem

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Pink eye is the most common eye problem in young children, and during the cold and flu season it’s particularly prevalent.

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Yoga For Your Eyes by Paul McCartney

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Yoga is good for the mind, body and spirit…

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Glaucoma: The Silent Thief of Sight

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

You’ve probably heard of Glaucoma, but do you know what it is? It’s an eye disorder that occurs when the optic nerve suffers trauma that permanently damages vision in the affected eye or eyes.

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Cataracts and IOL Lenses

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Cataracts, or clouding on the lens of the eye, are no fun.

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Turkey: Gobble it for Good Eyesight!

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! Turkey is festive and delicious…

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Video Games and Eye Sight

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

You might think playing video games for hours is lazy but recent studies show that playing video games could actually improve eyesight for people who have a lazy eye.

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Does Your Child Have ADHD or Just Need Glasses?

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

According the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 3-7% of school-aged children are diagnosed with Attention-Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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8 Rules Contact Users Should Follow to Keep Their Eyes Clean

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Eye contacts come with instruction on how to put them in and take them out, clean them, and maintain them.

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An Eye and Brain Game Explained

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

On January 26th we posted a neat little eye and brain game on our Facebook page and our visitors had a lot of fun with it. We wanted to take a moment and explain the science behind how the game works. Stare at the below pi...

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5 Tips to Enhance Night Driving Safety

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Is your vision compromised when you drive at night? If so, ask your eye doctor to prescribe special eyeglasses that can help you see better on the road at night, like those with anti-reflective coated lenses and lenses that are developed with wavefront diagnostic technology to reduce halos, start bursts, glare and other distractions. And follow these 5 tips to enhance your night driving safety:

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Food for Thought

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Studies show that what is happening in our brain can affect our vision. For example, psychologists have found that poor people generally perceive coins as larger in dimension than they actually are.

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Vistar Is Thanking You!

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Vistar Eye Center would like to thank you, our loyal friends and patients, by giving away a pair of tickets to Salem Red Sox games with seats right behind the catcher / home plate!

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Can You See Summer Right Around the Corner?

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Summer's almost here! Soon it'll be time for swimming, hiking, jogging, golfing and driving with the top down. Wouldn't it be nice to do all of those activities and more without worrying about where to put your glasses or losing a contact?

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Thank You for Your Votes!

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

The Roanoker's May / June "Best of" edition just hit newsstands and Vistar Eye Center was voted the Platinum winner for "Best Eye Care / Optometrist"!

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T-EYE-mline: Your Vision Through the Years

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

An infant's eyes are very sensitive to light and don't focus on objects or see colors in detail. After one month babies can usually focus on objects up to three feet away, and by month four they can see a full range of colors and shades.

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3 Subtle Signs of Vision Loss

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Finding yourself squinting a lot? That's usually a sign your vision is degrading. But sometimes the signs of vision loss aren't so obvious. Keep an eye out for more subtle signs, including:

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The 4 Types of Cataracts and Their Causes

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

A cataract is a buildup of protein in the lens of the eye that prevents light from clearly passing through, causing some loss of vision.

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Eye Floaters and Flashes

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

So what causes these eye floaters? Eye floaters are fairly common vision phenomena. They're caused by miniature clusters of cells caught inside the clear fluid that fills the inside of your eye, called the vitreous.

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The Eye and Computers

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Imagine if your eyes could be your hands, your computer mouse and your cursor.

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The Eye and Computers - Part II

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Did you see our blog post on the new eye-tracking hardware and software that allows the eyes to help amputees or patients who are paralyzed control a computer mouse? If not, read up!

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5th Annual Gift of Sight Event

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Vistar Eye Center, the Roanoke Valley Center for Sight and other southwest Virginia area ophthalmologists are hosting the 5th Annual Gift of Sight: Free Cataract Care Clinic on Friday, December 14th.

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How Herbs Could Affect Eye Health

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

An Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science journal study revealed that carnosic acid, found in the herb rosemary, is good for your eyes.

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3 Events with Visual Appeal in the Roanoke Valley

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Looking for something to do in the next few weeks? Put your eyes to work on these visually appealing local activities.

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