The Roanoke Valley Center for Sight (RVCS) and Vistar Eye Center celebrated the official grand opening of their new Oak Grove location at 2154 McVitty Road in Southwest Roanoke today. The Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of the new medical building and ambulatory surgical center. The clinic will offer oculoplastics, facial cosmetics, and leading refractive procedures, as well as the evaluation and treatment of retina conditions.
LASIK is the most common and well-known type of refractive eye surgeries. If you wear glasses or contacts, you may have been tempted by it, but hesitant or even frightened of the procedure.
"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.
"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."