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Study finds Multivitamins Reduce Cataract Risk in Men

Monday, June 01, 2015

Although the connection between nutritional supplements and eye health has been discussed before, a study by physicians at Harvard Medical School and Brigham has concluded with promising results.

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The Debate: Google Glass and Driver Vision

Monday, June 01, 2015

Although not much has been published regarding the long-term effects of Google Glass on sight, the case is already being made in several states that it poses a serious distraction for drivers.

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What Do Your Eyes Say About Your Health?

Monday, June 01, 2015

But for ophthalmologists, your eyes are actually windows to your overall health, including conditions that may not immediately affect sight.

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Seeing is Understanding: Eye Conditions Up Close

Monday, June 01, 2015

If you haven’t been diagnosed with an eye condition that affects your sight, you’re a) lucky and b) probably don’t know just how severely they can impede your vision.

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Vistar Eye Center Wins Gold Daisy Award

Monday, June 01, 2015

Vistar Eye Center is proud to have been voted Best Vision Care in this year’s Macaroni Kid Roanoke Gold Daisy Awards.

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Get the Best Shades for Summer

Monday, June 01, 2015

As much as you might love spending time in the sun, UV damage is a real danger to your eyesight.

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What Does Blue Taste Like?

Monday, June 01, 2015

Green eggs and ham is unappealing, and not just to vegetarians. But why?

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Tears Up Close

Monday, June 01, 2015

Whether you find yourself sappy over a recent breakup or after chopping a particularly acute onion, tears are tears, right?

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Dr. Brisley Returns from Nicaragua

Monday, June 01, 2015

Why was a Vistar Eye Center ophthalmologist recently in Nicaragua?

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Caring for Contacts: Part One

Monday, June 01, 2015

Contact lens technology has come so far since the invention of glass eye-shaped disks in the early 1800s. And even though today’s contacts are made with permeable silicone hydrogel that allows our eyes to breathe, it means nothing if you don’t take proper hygienic procautions. Here are two things to remember when you’re getting ready to put in — or take out — those tiny sight savers today.

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Caring for Contacts: Part Two

Monday, June 01, 2015

Earlier this month, we discussed hand hygiene and how to choose the right solution, and even if you consider yourself a contact lens veteran, we have a few more things to consider while you’re putting those sight spheres in (and out) of your eyes.

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Seeing Things Differently

Monday, June 01, 2015

Differences in color perception are common, and if it's a hereditary condition, many people learn early on that they see things differently — but they may not know why. While modern medicine hasn’t cracked the code on all the reasons people perceive colors differently, new information on this subject is being discovered all the time.

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The Battle for Our Eyes

Monday, June 01, 2015

The Oculus Rift is a startup pioneered by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. It does what you’d think a virtual reality device would do: it encloses the user’s face, enveloping them in the movie, cat video or game of their choice.

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Under-Eye Circles and Allergies

Monday, June 01, 2015

Some people suffer from chronic under-eye circles, and for those individuals it can be a source of frustration. If they aren’t caused by other factors like lack of sleep, stress, alcohol, or smoking, it could be your allergies.

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New Treatments for Macular Degeneration

Monday, June 01, 2015

Caused by a number of factors including heredity, environment, age and diet, macular degeneration is the main culprit for vision loss. And for those individuals with more severe cases of the condition, their quality of life is at risk.

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The Facts About Crow’s Feet

Monday, June 01, 2015

It happens to the best of us: You wake up one morning, bleary from sleep, and spot tiny wrinkles—or the beginnings of them—at the corners of your eyes. And while it may look good on Mrs. Doubtfire or Santa, you’re less than thrilled.

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What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

Monday, June 01, 2015

When you hear the term “computer vision syndrome,” it almost sounds like an imaginary complaint. The fact is that Computer Vision Syndrome (or C.V.S.) is a term that ophthalmologists are now using to describe a wide array of serious and, in some cases, debilitating eye problems (including scarring), all of them linked to prolonged computer use.

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Eye Exams for Better Grades

Monday, June 01, 2015

Experts cite that over 80% of what a child learns in school is presented to them visually. And comprehensive, proactive vision care is crucial to helping school-age children get good grades and perform well in other activities, like sports or music.

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The Facts About LASIK

Monday, June 01, 2015

It's a real surgery, prepare as such. While it's quick as far as surgeries go, it still involves surgical post-care, and it's recommended that patients don't rub their eyes vigorously or participate in swimming or watersports for a few weeks after the operation.

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The Future of Vision Correction

Monday, June 01, 2015

Ocular transplantation of stem cells is expected to help patients with retinal and optic nerve conditions. It is hoped that stem cells can be used to regrow retinal or optic nerve tissue lost to degenerative diseases including Stargardt Disease, dry age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma.

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Cold Weather and your Eyes

Monday, June 01, 2015

When it gets cold, we all know to put a hat on our heads and boots on our feet. But how do you help your eyes handle winter conditions?

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Tips for Selecting a New Pair of Eye Glasses

Monday, June 01, 2015

Choosing a new pair of eye glasses is an important and—perhaps—a surprisingly complicated decision. It can be like visiting the new car showroom: there are always many new models and options to choose from.

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Dyslexia and other clinical reading disorders

Monday, June 01, 2015

Once upon a time, students who had problems learning to read were labeled lazy or dumb. Today, the exact causes of reading disabilities are still unknown, but the recognition of dyslexia and vision problems is far more common and help is readily available.

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Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Monday, June 01, 2015

Astigmatism is a common condition where the eye is not quite round or spherical. In fact, most people have astigmatism, but mild cases don't require correction. Both glasses and contact lenses can correct more severe cases of astigmatism, which causes noticeably blurred and distorted vision.

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Ocular Hypertension

Monday, June 01, 2015

We all take our vision for granted, but if you're over 40, you may be among that 5-10% of people who have ocular hypertension. There are typically no symptoms but the condition is easily diagnosed. The wise course of action is to be checked at least every few years for ocular hypertension, which can lead to more serious conditions like glaucoma.

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How Often Should I Get An Eye Exam?

Monday, June 01, 2015

Your eyes and your vision are critically important to your quality of life, so it's a question that depends on your age and whether you're experiencing any vision problems. You should know that many sight-threatening conditions, if detected early, can be either cured or treated to prevent or slow the progression of any potential vision loss.

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Your Contact Lenses

Monday, June 01, 2015

It all starts when you decide to become a contact lens wearer. You probably seek the freedom, flexibility and look that contacts can offer and you're ready to move beyond glasses---or at least have that option when you want it. Your first step should be to choose a comprehensive eye care doctor who can provide a wide range of eye care services.

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How Our Eyes Work

Monday, June 01, 2015

EyesOur eyes are truly amazing organs. Throughout the ages, artists have romanticized their beauty and significance in song, prose, poetry. Sight is a one of the five senses we use to gather and interpret information. But how do our eyes really work?

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What Is 20/20 Vision?

Monday, June 01, 2015

VisionEver wonder what it means when someone tells you that they have 20/20 vision? Is it something to boast about?

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Can I Improve My Vision Naturally?

Monday, June 01, 2015

Since the 1920s, "natural" exercises and do-it-yourself programs have been promoted for improving eyesight, some even claiming that they allow you to give up wearing glasses.

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What’s Right for You: Contacts, Glasses, or Both?

Monday, June 01, 2015

The choice of whether to wear contact lenses or glasses is highly individual. Your vision needs, lifestyle, personal comfort, finances, and sense of style all factor into what's best for you. The good news is there are more options than ever before, making it easier to achieve excellent vision, comfort, and convenience.

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A Healthy Approach to Lens Wear

Monday, June 01, 2015

Contact lenses are a comfortable and appealing way to correct vision. But when contact lens wearers are tempted to take shortcuts in their care routine or forget about hygiene concerns, there is room for trouble.

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Sports Eye Safety

Monday, June 01, 2015

Sports-related eye injuries are common: more than 25,000 people seek treatment for these injuries each year. That makes prevention an important step whether you are practicing or playing in a big game. Your regular glasses aren't enough to protect you from flying balls and elbows, and can even be the cause of some injuries.

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Improving Women’s Eye Health

Monday, June 01, 2015

Visual impairment is not an equal opportunity disability. A 2001 analysis of studies on blindness showed that—across the globe—women make up two-thirds of the people who are blind or visually impaired. Women's Eye Health and Safety Month is an opportunity to share the news that three-quarters of these cases are preventable or treatable.

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How to pick eyeglasses for a rectangular face

Monday, June 01, 2015

Picking out eyeglass frames is part personal taste, part science. To find the most flattering looks, it helps to consider your face shape. You might even want to use measurements!

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Taming Red Eyes

Monday, June 01, 2015

You look in the mirror and—ouch!—you have red eyes. There are several reasons why eyes become red and a many ways to tame irritation

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