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Local Eye Surgeon Introduces Innovative Procedure to Patients

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 . 

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  • Local Doctor Stresses Eye Safety and Addresses Myths Ahead of Great American Total Solar Eclipse
    A doctor with Vistar Eye Center is warning those who plan on watching the Great American Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st to protect their eyes. The moon will pass over the sun, but will not reach "totality" in Southwest Virginia. This means part of the sun will still be exposed when at its peak time of 2:40 p.m. and cannot be viewed without lenses specifically designed for the event.

    "When the sun becomes covered, even partially, it becomes deceivingly safe," said Dr. Will Griffeth, an ophthalmologist at Vistar Eye Center. "It's important for people to understand that the rays from the sun aren't safe in any case. Without the proper protection, these rays can burn your retina and cause permanent damage to your eyes."

    Those who plan on viewing the solar eclipse must do so using solar filters or viewers compliant with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Sunglasses, dilation glasses, and makeshift filters like fabrics or tinted plastics cannot be used. Solar glasses are widely available for purchase, but buyers must be aware of fake lenses on the market.

    "Solar viewers that are ISO-compliant will have a stamp indicating so, but that can be easily duplicated and isn't a fool-proof way to identify imposters," said Griffeth. "Check the visibility in your glasses by using them to view the hot filament of an unfrosted incandescent light bulb or the LED flashlight from your cell phone. This light should appear to be very dim and, if it isn't, your lenses are unsafe."

    To help further ensure the safety of the glasses, users can look for the ISO certification number 12312-2. Additionally, the manufacturer's address must be present on the eyeglasses to ensure compliance.

    Vistar Eye Center is also urging parents to supervise their children at all times during the eclipse as they are more likely to look directly at the sun. The safest way to view the solar eclipse is by watching online with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at . For more information on eye safety visit Vistar Eye Center online at www.vistareye.com.

    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 www.VistarEye.com or call 540.855.5100.
  • Vistar Eye Center Announces Addition of Experienced Optometrist to Newest Eye Care Practice
    Vistar Eye Center has added a new location with its purchase of the Rocky Mount-based Angle Eye Center, formerly Saxon Angle and Associates. Vistar's newest optometrist, Dr. Troy Mysliwiec, will be anchoring the Rocky Mount office after Dr. Al N. Angle, II, OD made the decision to retire this year.  The transition will be complete this spring.

    "We have been referring our patients to the ophthalmologic experts at Vistar for years," said Dr. Angle.  "This seamless transition was the best option for our patients and ensures they will continue receiving excellent care in the years to come."
    Vistar Eye Center will maintain the office's current list of eye care services including routine eye exams, medical treatments, and surgical consultations. The new Vistar Eye Center in Rocky Mount will be staffed by a full-time optometrist five days a week with some evening and weekend hours.
    "I'm happy to join a practice which places the community and its patients at the forefront of their mission," said Dr. Mysliwiec. "I look forward to working with Vistar and its large network of specialists to provide Rocky Mount's residents with the best care and services available."
    This is Vistar's second acquisition this year. In early January, the eye care center purchased Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Martinsville. The two locations align with Vistar's growing commitment to the area along the Route 220 corridor. Vistar now offers eleven main locations throughout Southwestern Virginia.