Vistar Insights

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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What Does 20/20 Vision Mean?

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

You know it's a good thing when your eye doctor tells you that you have 20/20 vision, but do you know what those numbers mean?

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How Digital Tablets Can Help You Read

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

There are many reasons to want a digital tablet. They're portable, fun to play with and easy to use. And, according to recent research conducted at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, digital tablets help people with poor vision read easier and quicker.

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2 Fun Facts About Eyes

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

For a little Vistar vision fun, we rounded up a couple of cool facts about the eyes.

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Three Spring Events with Visual Appeal in the Roanoke Valley

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Spring is alive with color - indoors and out! Here are three events coming this spring to the Roanoke Valley.

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Our New Office Is Open!

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Vistar's newest location is now open! Come see things clearly at our Smith Mountain Lake location. You'll find us just behind Kroger at Westlake Towne Center, 280 Westlake Road in Hardy Virginia.

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Makeup Tips for Gals Who Wear Glasses

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Celebrities, like actress Rashida Jones, have brought a new level of hip to eyewear, with glasses becoming every bit of a fashion statement as McQueen gowns and Betsey Johnson shoes. For women, the problem can be eye makeup. How much is too much?

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Smith Mountain Lake Open House Party

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Vistar Eye Center’s Smith Mountain Lake location is up and running and we’re ready to celebrate. We invite you to attend our open house party, where you can enjoy delicious food and enter to win amazing prizes!

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May is Healthy Vision Month -" Maintaining Healthy Vision in a Digital Age

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Do you suffer from blurry vision, dry eyes, headaches, and eye strain, and experience difficulty focusing at a distance? Those are all signs that your eyes may be overworked from exposure to digital screens.

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Vision Screening for Drivers in the State of Virginia

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

The state of Virginia is committed to keeping our roads safe. When you obtain or renew your driver’s license, your eyesight will be evaluated.

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The Eyes Have it: How Humans and Animals See

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Think of the last time you saw the sun set. What were the colors like? What happened to them as that massive, glowing orb sank into the horizon?

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Vistar Eye Center Voted Best Eye Care/Optometrist in The Roanoker’s Best of Roanoke 2013 Poll

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Vistar Eye Center has received the Gold Award in the Eye Care/Optometrist category in The Roanoker’s Best of Roanoke Poll for the third year in a row! We’re so honored to be the recipients of this distinguished award once again.

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Feast Your Eyes on Farmers’ Markets Near Roanoke, Virginia

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Healthy eyes and a healthy diet go hand-in-hand. Conditions like macular degeneration can be warded off simply by including foods high in Vitamins C and E, Lutein, Zinc, Zeaxanthin and Omega-3 Fatty acids.

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Contact Lenses and Swimming

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Swimming is a great way to stay fit. Resistance from moving through the water shapes muscles almost effortlessly without too much pressure on your joints.

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June 27th is National Sunglasses Day

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

It’s June 27th and summer is in full swing. You’ve probably enjoyed at least a few great days dedicated to outdoor fun, but did you know that today is National Sunglasses Day?

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Fireworks and Eye Safety

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Each year, thousands sustain eye injuries from fireworks. Fireworks can cause serious eye injuries that range from skin and thermal burns to more severe problems such as bleeding in the eye, retinal detachment, ruptured globe, or blindness.

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Telescope Implant for Age-Related Macular Degeneration at Vistar Eye Center

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) commonly leads to vision loss and legal blindness in adults over the age of 65.

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Ethnicity and its Role in Strabismus Surgery Outcomes

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Strabismus (has this be a link to the Vistar page on Strabismus (a condition where the eyes are not properly aligned, which hampers a person’s binocular vision) often comes with psychosocial implications.

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Vistar Doctor Frank Cotter, MD is Published in Ophthalmology Magazine

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

At Vistar Eye Center, our doctors value educating the community. One of the most effective ways to do that is to contribute to popular industry publications.

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Back to School Eye Exams at Vistar Eye Center

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

It’s almost back-to-school time, which means it’s also time for new successes and challenges. Difficulty seeing can lead to difficulty with learning. Make sure your child has the best chance to make the grade by scheduling an eye exam with Vistar Eye Center.

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Vistar Eye Center Welcomes Dr. Nick Ramey to Our Offices In Roanoke, Virginia

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

We’re pleased to announce the newest addition to the Vistar team, Oculoplastic Surgeon, Dr. Nick Ramey!

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Allergies and Your Eyes

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Your eyes, not just your nose, can be affected by allergies. You may have redness, itching and watery eyes, or inflamed eyelids. Does that describe your experience? You’re not alone. Allergies are extremely common, reportedly affecting 50 million people in the U.S. alone.

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Is Running Good for Your Eyes, Too?

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Running has long been documented as a great way to keep your heart and lungs healthy. Now new research shows that it may even lower your risk for developing cataracts.

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Vistar Welcomes Dr. John Randolph

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Vistar Eye Center is pleased to announce a new addition to our Vitreoretinal Medicine and Surgery staff, Dr. John Randolph, M.D. He is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

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New Evolution in Gene Testing for LASIK Surgery Candidates

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

When people are classified as bad candidates for LASIK surgery, it is often because they have a genetic condition known as Avellino Corneal Dystrophy (ACD). ACD causes the development of white or grayish granular deposits in the cornea.

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Types of Corrective Eye Surgery

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Wearing contacts and glasses can be cumbersome for some people, and can have a negative effect on their active lifestyles. Many people are choosing to take charge of their vision in a more permanent way.

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What a Difference Color Can Make!

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

The website, TwistedSifter.com, is displaying a collection of old black and white photographs that have been transformed by adding color. The photos come from a community of Reddit (a social news and entertainment website) users who have a passion for colorizing photos. Both amateur and professional colorizers submitted photos. As you can see, the colorizers involved are highly skilled digital artists and were able to identify the “real” colors through historical reference and their natural eye for color.

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October is National Eye Health Month

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

October is National Eye Health Month!

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Breast Cancer Treatments May Affect Vision

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. What does that have to do with vision, you ask? Treatments for breast cancer, such as radiation therapy, can cause various side effects, like fatigue, breast soreness and swelling, but did you know that some patients report experiencing vision-related side effects?

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Artificial Iris Implant Surgery

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Plastic surgery has long served as a solution for people who are unhappy with their appearance, but now a controversial new procedure takes it a step further – the artificial iris implant.

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Halloween Eye Safety

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Halloween is in sight! It’s fun to dress up and go door to door for trick or treating, but remember to be careful. On all-hallows eve you don’t just have to be cautious not to trip over costumes or eat tainted candy. Each year, there are many reports of vision-related injuries caused by Halloween activities. Here are some helpful tips for keeping your eyes safe on this frightful night!

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Childhood Vision Problems and School Performance

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Experts cite that over 80% of what a child learns in school is presented visually. Therefore, proactive, comprehensive vision care is crucial in the development of school-age children. When a child’s vision does not function properly, learning, along with recreational activities like sports can suffer. According to recent studies, 1 in 4 children suffers from vision problems that interfere with their daily lives – including learning.

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Corneal Transplants Performed in 2013 to Save Patients Billions

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

According to the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA), corneal transplants that are performed in 2013 in the U.S. will amount to almost $6 billion in total net benefits during the lifetime of the recipient of the transplant. A six-month study conducted by the Eye Bank Association of America uncovered this figure. After heart disease, cancer, emotional disorders, and other pulmonary conditions, eye disorders have been cited as the fifth most expensive to the U.S. economy.

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Ophthalmic Assistant Training Courses Offered at Virginia Western Community College

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Have you considered a career as an ophthalmic assistant? Ophthalmic assistants work closely with ophthalmologists or optometrists and provide care to patients in a variety of ways, including obtaining medical records, performing preliminary eye function testing and explaining procedures or medications to patients.

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This Thanksgiving, Be Thankful for Healthy Vision

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Healthy eating plays a significant role in preventing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This condition has no cure, but current studies show that maintaining a healthy diet including certain foods may reduce your risk of developing AMD and even slow its progression all together. Here are some foods that may help curb this process:

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Light Still Activates Brain in the Brain of Blind Individuals

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Why do people need to sleep in darkness? The light stimulates the brain, essentially keeping it awake.

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Makeup Advice For Gals With Glasses: Part 1

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Wearing glasses is FABULOUS! Don’t hide behind your frames. Take advantage of this stylish accessory to showcase your beauty with statement makeup that complements your spectacles.

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Protect Your Eyes This Winter

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Along with its beauty winter weather can often bring eye-threatening hazards. Here are a few tips to help you avoid injury to your eyes this season:

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Makeup Advice For Gals With Glasses: Part 2

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Here are some great bold eye makeup looks you can try if you wear glasses. Each look will help you express your individuality and also complement your unique, distinguished eyewear!

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Congratulations to Dr. Stuart Tims!

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Vistar Eye Center Physician Dr. Stuart Tims has recently upgraded his status from “Board Eligible” to “Board Certified” by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

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Vistar Eye Center Lends a Helping Hand to Seniors

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

This will be the 8th year for the Roanoke-area drive, which provides cans of soup, crackers, and other small food items to retirees in the area who are in need. The drive was founded in 2006 by Barbara James, a longtime director of Local Office on Aging Foster Grandparents and Senior Companion programs, according to the Roanoke Times.

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Christiansburg Lions Visit Eyeglass Recycling Center

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

If you wear glasses, chances are you have an old pair or two lying around. They’re too nice to just throw away, but your prescription has changed, and you can’t wear them anymore.

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Protect Your Peepers!

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

February is National Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Low Vision Awareness Month. Although it seems like a mouthful, imagine not being able to read those words at all. Imagine a world without colors or definition. Or a more dangerous consequence —constant blurriness preventing you from seeing printed signs on the highway.

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A Healthy Eyesight Checklist

Monday, June 01, 2015

We’ve all heard the rumors about carrots: they keep our eyes healthy.

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Recovering From Cataract Surgery

Monday, June 01, 2015

If your eye doctor has recommended you for cataract surgery, you might find yourself worrying about the procedure itself, or the recovery time. How long before you see again? But don’t worry – after the surgery is performed, you can expect your vision to return within a few days at most, and although it might be blurry for a couple of days, recovery is generally pretty quick.

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New Hope for Blind Children

Monday, June 01, 2015

Until now, it was thought that pediatric patients who were born blind will remain so for the duration of their lives.

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Give the Gift of Sight

Monday, June 01, 2015

Every year, the Eye Bank Association of America promotes March as National Eye Donor Month, raising awareness of the need to donate eyes for corneal transplants. The donated organs are also used for research and education purposes.

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Soup for Seniors Serves Up Best Year Yet

Monday, June 01, 2015

Thanks to the enormous generosity of the Roanoke community, this year’s Soup for Seniors was the biggest yet. Vistar Eye Center was just one of the many donation locations that raised more than 45,000 cans of soup, canned goods, and other items for the cause.

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3 Fruits a Day May Prevent Macular Degeneration

Monday, June 01, 2015

You already know that a diet high in fruits and vegetables is essential for good overall health. However, a study from the Archives of Ophthalmology indicated that eating 3 or more servings of fruit a day can lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration by 36%. ARMD is the primary cause of vision loss in adults.

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