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Eye Doctor Returns to Roanoke to Practice at State-of-the-Art Facility

Vistar Eye Center announces the addition of retina specialist Dr. Vishak John to its team of physicians. Dr. John, a graduate of Cave Spring High School, is returning to the Roanoke area after spending time in various cities across the southeast for medical school, residency, and specialized training. Dr. John most recently served as an assistant professor in the Ophthalmology Department at Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina. He will be Vistar's fifth retina specialist on staff.

"It's great to be home and I can't wait to start serving the people of Southwest Virginia," said Dr. Vishak John. "After being away from Roanoke for 18 years to study, train, and work in various cities around the East Coast, I can tell there's an exciting new energy happening in Roanoke's medical field. Vistar is certainly a part of that movement. The state-of-the-art facilities and top-quality treatments are those that could be found in some of the biggest cities in the southeast."
Dr. John received his medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine and continued his education as a resident at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He also specialized in vitreoretinal surgery as a fellow at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida.
Vistar Eye Center's retina specialists treat many complex retinal diseases including age-related macular degeneration, retinal detachment, macular holes, and diabetic retinopathy. Dr. John will begin seeing patients October 5th. He will be practicing primarily at Vistar's Oak Grove location, but will also be taking appointments at the Roanoke (Peters Creek), Wytheville, Martinsville, and Dublin locations.
For more information about Vistar Eye Center, visit www.vistareye.com

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    Vistar Eye Center is pleased to welcome Tad D. Schoedel, M.D., a new ophthalmologist and glaucoma specialist, to its experienced network of eye doctors.  
    "We are very pleased to have Dr. Schoedel join our team," said Vistar's Dr. Frank Cotter, fellow ophthalmologist and glaucoma specialist at Vistar Eye Center.  "He's a compassionate ophthalmologist and a superb surgeon who will help us to continue providing the best care for our patients."
    Schoedel earned his medical degree from the University of Colorado Denver, where he received the Gottesfeld Memorial Award and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.  In addition to his residency at the St. Louis Eye Institute, Schoedel served as a Glaucoma Fellow at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Prior to joining Vistar, he completed a one-year term at Carilion Clinic.
    "I knew joining the excellent team of physicians at Vistar was the right choice because of their dedication to providing exemplary medical care using the latest advancements, and their passion for serving the community at large," said Schoedel.
    Glaucoma is a disorder where internal fluids of the eye do not drain properly. Pressure in the eye builds up and causes permanent damage to the optic nerve fibers over time. Dr. Schoedel will see patients at the 707 S. Jefferson St. office in Roanoke, Martinsville, and Wytheville locations.
    Vistar Eye Center's large network of specialists and offices grew last month with the opening of its newest specialty location in Roanoke, at 2154 McVitty Rd.  The Oak Grove building houses a retina center, a refractive surgery suite, and an oculofacial plastic surgery center.
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    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.


    "We're excited to expand our services and improve access to world class eye care in the Roanoke Valley," said Dr. Frank Cotter, ophthalmologist at Vistar Eye Center, "None of this would be possible without the trust of our patients and the hard-working staff who put them first."
    This is the second location for RVCS, following the opening of the original surgery center on Main Street in Salem in 2001. Before construction began, RVCS was required to work with the Virginia Department of Health to assess the community's need for the addition of this second location. Since opening the first location, Vistar and RVCS have added cosmetic surgery to their patient care options and have also seen continued growth in their cataract, cornea, and retina surgery programs.
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    "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.
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