Valley Vision focuses on eye diseases with advanced technology

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New technology at Valley Vision Clinic will help the operation's doctors more clearly detect signs of glaucoma and retinal diseases.

The Main Street specialty eye care clinic announced Wednesday it has acquired advanced imaging technology that will help doctors provide the best possible treatment regimen for their patients.

The new Cirrus HD-OCT system, purchased from California-based Carl Zeiss Meditec, allows doctors to evaluate and monitor the detailed anatomy of the retina, which is the part of the eye that responds to light.

This is reportedly the first new instrument to offer high-definition, three-dimensional maps of segmented layers of the eye, enabling physicians to more accurately monitor their patients' pathology and the effectiveness of treatment. It can also be used for assessing disorders such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion.

Optometric physician group Valley Vision has operated in Walla Walla since 1949 and specializes in full comprehensive eye exams at 22 W. Main St. For more information, call 529-2020.

A downtown Walla Walla paper products store has penciled out some new hours of operation.

Sweetwater Paper & Home at First Avenue and Alder Street has expanded its hours, owner Robin Consani announced.

The business operates 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Sweetwater opened in September in the corner shop that previously housed Banner Bank offices and was the longtime home of Cox-Jones Insurance before that. Consani offers an assortment of paper products, including more than 16 different lines of greeting cards, stationery, party supplies, wine and dine accessories, candles, soaps and numerous other products. For more information, call 522-8222.

The Walla Walla Curves will be shaking its workout circuit with a new Zumba program.

A certified Zin Zumba instructor will be leading the interval training sessions that incorporate fast and slow rhythms and resistance training to tone and sculpt.

The classes launch Dec. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m., said local Curves owner Lora Edelman. An open house that evening will allow the community to see how Zumba will be incorporated into the Curves workout. For more details, call 522-7888.

The Milton-Freewater Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual awards banquet.

The Feb. 17 banquet will be a celebration of volunteers who've made a difference in the community. Awards recognize a man, woman, junior citizen, youth, golden pioneer and agri-business. Nomination forms are available through the Chamber. For more details, call 541-938-5563.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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