Back to School Eye Exam

children's-eye-examAs a parent, you may wonder whether your child needs an eye exam or whether your child is having trouble seeing. Since your child’s school may have just started or is just about to start, a children’s eye exam may be the best thing to prepare for the school year.

Children’s Eye Exams at Valley Eyecare Center

Did you know that a children’s eye exam can improve his or her performance in school?

Along with an annual checkup with your pediatrician, taking your child for an eye exam can make sure that your child is healthy and ready for school. Clear vision helps your child understand and respond at school and at home. Undetected vision problems can lead to learning difficulties in the future, especially since the American Optometric Association has found that 80% of learning is visual.

What can you expect at a children’s eye exam?

If it’s your child’s first eye exam, make sure to explain to him or her that eye exams aren’t scary. Walking them through what will happen in an eye exam is a great way to introduce your child to the process. We are a kid-friendly office here at Valley Eyecare Center!

How can you know if your child needs an eye exam?

If your child frequently complains of headaches or tiredness, he or she may be having trouble seeing. If your child used to love reading but suddenly lacks interest in picking up a book, this could also be a sign of a vision problem. In certain cases, your child may even become rather clumsy, bumping into furniture or walls by accident.

A children’s eye exam is a great part of any back-to-school routine! To learn more about our children’s eye care services, or to schedule an eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

How to Keep Your Glasses in Good Shape

sunglassesAt Valley Eyecare Center, we know that you invest a lot of time in finding the right pair of eyeglasses and sunglasses. Once you’ve found the perfect pair, it is important to keep these glasses in tiptop shape. Below, we’ve listed a few of our best secrets when it comes to making sure that your glasses and sunglasses are in their best condition!

Maintaining Eyeglasses and Sunglasses

Don’t forget to clean your glasses and sunglasses—You should wash your glasses at least once a day. Although one of your first instincts may be to reach for the bottom of your shirt to clean your glasses, this is one of the worst things you can do to your glasses. Paper towels, tissues, napkins, or shirts can easily scratch the lenses of your eyeglasses or sunglasses. Instead, make sure to rinse off your glasses with water before wiping or cleaning them. Even the tiniest particles of dirt can settle on your lenses, so wiping dry lenses can be abrasive to your lenses.

Use the proper sprays—If you use a chemical to clean your glasses, make sure to use one that is specifically made to clean eyeglass lenses. Do not use household cleaners like Windex, as these chemicals can damage or ruin your glasses or sunglasses.

Handle properly—Store your glasses when you’re not wearing them so that they do not get damaged or dirty. When you go to pick them up, make sure to be careful and grip the piece that comes across the bridge of the nose so that you do not end up bending the frames, and the lenses will still be clean.

Keeping your glasses and sunglasses in good shape is important so that you can keep your glasses for years on end! To learn more about eyeglass maintenance, or to schedule an eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

How Hydration Affects Your Eyes

eye-careHydration affects all aspects of your health, including your skin and your eyes. With the hot temperatures and the low humidity in Phoenix, it can be easy to develop dry eye, but making sure you are properly hydrated is an important aspect of any eye care routine.

Eye Care and Hydrating Your Eyes

What causes dry eye, and how do I know if I have it?

Many factors may cause you to have dry eye, including an inadequate amount of tears or a poor quality of tears. If your tears are not adequately hydrating your eyes, you may notice pain, sensitivity to light, redness, or blurry vision.

Can electronics dry out my eyes?

Yes! Electronic devices are one of the main causes of dry eye. Looking at the blue light of the computer, television, or phone screen can affect your eyes, especially if you focus on these objects too long. Try the 20-20-20 rule to combat dry eye due to electronic use—for every 20 minutes you spend looking at a screen, focus on something that is 20 feet away for 20 minutes.

How can I treat dry eye?

Simple over-the-counter eye drops can resolve some mild versions of dry eye. These artificial tear solutions can supplement natural tear production and will not further irritate your eyes. In certain cases, taking an omega-3 fatty acid supplement may also help to naturally increase the production of tears and is a great aspect of any eye care routine.

What else can I do to prevent dry eye?

Try to limit the use of electronic devices, as hard as it may be. Remember to blink regularly when you do use these devices, and increase the humidity in the air at work and at home so that your eyes can become more hydrated. Make sure to drink plenty of water and wear sunglasses when you are outdoors to further prevent cases of dry eye.

Hydrating your body and your eyes are two of the most important things for your health and your eye care! To learn more about dry eye, or to schedule an eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Our Eyeglass Guide

eyeglassesAre you having trouble seeing for the first time, or do you feel as if your prescription has changed since the last time you’ve had an eye exam? If you wear eyeglasses or think you may need to start wearing them, our eyeglass guide can help you determine what kind of glasses would suit you most!

Eyeglasses for Every Lifestyle

At Valley Eyecare Center, we have eyeglasses for every occasion, every fashion style, and every lifestyle. Our quiz will help you determine which eyeglasses are perfect for you!

Lifestyle questions—The eyeglass guide will ask you a few questions about your lifestyle—whether you’ve had eyeglasses in the past or whether you’re wearing them for the first time. These questions also include whether or not you need glasses for reading, driving, or watching TV.

Lens questions—Do you need bifocals? Do you use your glasses inside and outside? Do you typically wear prescription sunglasses, regular sunglasses, or do you not wear sunglasses at all? Do you work in front of a computer, or do you work in an industrial environment where you would need more protection in your lenses? All of these questions are important to answer in order to determine which kind of lenses your eyeglasses will need.

Other questions—The eyeglass guide will also ask you a series of questions about whether certain things bother you, such as the glare from the sun or from headlights or the computer screen. If any of those items give you a headache or causes changes in your vision, your eyeglasses can be customized to make sure that your headaches are minimized and you sight is restored.

Find the perfect eyeglasses for you! To learn more about our eyeglass guide, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Common Summer Ocular Allergies

allergiesSpring and fall aren’t the only times that your eyes can be bothered by allergies. If your eyes feel dry, or if they feel overly watery, you may be suffering from common summer ocular allergies. Learn more about these allergies and how to treat them throughout the summer.

Typical Eye Allergies in the Summer Months

Know the symptoms—The most typical eye allergy symptoms come along with the symptoms that are typical of nasal allergies, such as sneezing, sniffling, or a stuffy nose. Allergies that are specific to the eyes often show signs that include itching, redness, burning, or watery eyes. If you experience any of these symptoms, or if you experience many of them, you probably have eye allergies.

Learn what your triggers are—Whether your eyes become irritated from outdoor allergens, such as pollens from the grass or trees, or whether your eyes become irritated due to indoor allergens, such as pet dander, avoiding your triggers will alleviate your allergies. Once you know what aggravates your allergies, make sure to stay away from your allergens.

Treat your allergies—Treating your allergies can be as simple as using artificial tears to hydrate the eye. You can also try taking an antihistamine, although sometimes these have a tendency of drying out the eye or making you drowsy, so make sure to take one that will not make you tired before operating a vehicle. You can also try allergy shots to alleviate the symptoms associated with eye allergies. If your allergies are caused by outdoor allergens, make sure to stay inside as much as possible.

Get relief from your summer eye allergies! To learn more about common eye allergens, or to schedule an eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Signs Your Child Has a Vision Problem

eye-examBefore school resumes this fall, you may be wondering what you should do to prepare for the school year. At Valley Eyecare Center, we recommend taking your child into the office for an eye exam, especially if you suspect that your child may have trouble seeing.

Children’s Eye Exams

Sometimes it can be difficult to determine if your child has a vision problem. But did you know that, on average, one out of four school-age children has a vision impairment? It’s important to recognize a few warning signs to see if you should bring your child in for an eye exam.

Squinting—If your child is squinting to see things up close or at a distance, this may be a warning sign that he or she cannot see properly. Also closing one eye may be a warning sign too.

Headaches—If your child suffers from headaches, nausea, or dizziness, these all may be signs of a vision problem. Headaches and other symptoms can affect your child’s performance at school, as 80% of your child’s early learning developments are visual.

Rubbing his or her eyes—If your child is rubbing his or her eyes several times per day, this may be a warning sign that your child is having trouble refocusing the eyes.

Avoiding reading—Good vision is required for reading, so if your child has recently reduced the amount of time spent reading or has stopped reading entirely, it may be time for an eye exam.

Children’s eye exams are important for their performance in school. To learn more about the warning signs that your child may need vision assistance, or to schedule an eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center before the school year starts back up again, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Importance of UV Protection

eye-careProtecting your eyes from the intense rays of the sun is the most important eye care tip we can give you during the summer. Just as sunscreen is crucial to your skin care routine, sunglasses are equally crucial to your eye care routine.

Sunglasses and Eye Care Tips

UV radiation is harmful to all parts of the body—UV radiation is one of the main causes of skin cancer, but it can also affect your eyes. Contrary to popular belief, the sun isn’t the only source of UV radiation; other sources, such as the light from welding, can also damage eyes. Make sure to cover your eyes with sunglasses or other protective glasses to ensure proper eye care.

Protect your eyes to prevent future eye diseases and conditions—Did you know that wearing sunglasses can help to decrease your chances of developing macular degeneration? Macular degeneration, which is characterized by a blurriness of the eye, can be caused by UV radiation. Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses, and keep your eyes out of the sun as much as possible, especially during the hot summer months.

Keep your time looking at screens to a minimum—Short-wave UV radiation can come from the blue light of screens that we use every day. According to a recent study, Americans spend about two and a half hours each day on a computer, phone, laptop, or tablet. If you work by a computer or come home from work and watch TV, make sure to give your eyes a break. We recommend the 20-20-20 rule: for every 20 minutes you spend looking at a screen, focus on something that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Protect your eyes from UV radiation. To learn more about our eye care tips, or to schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Firework Safety Tips

eye-safetyAt Valley Eyecare Center, we love the Fourth of July! Celebrating Independence Day is one of the most important holidays of the year. Whether you celebrate by hosting a barbecue for friends and family, or whether you celebrate by setting off a few fireworks of your own, it is important to maintain proper eye safety throughout the holiday.

Firework Eye Safety for the Fourth of July

Perform a little research—Make sure to read all the cautionary items about the fireworks you purchase so that you are familiar with the safety features and how to properly set off the fireworks. Also, be sure to look up any laws and regulations about fireworks in your area, as some areas do not allow fireworks to be set off due to the low humidity in Arizona.

Wear safety glasses—When you get ready to set off your fireworks, your eye safety is of utmost importance. Wearing safety glasses will protect your eyes from the heat of the fireworks and will also protect against anything that sparks from setting it off.

Make sure to find an open area—When you set off fireworks, you want to make sure that you have plenty of room so that nothing will spark or start a fire. Keep fireworks away from any cars or buildings.

Dispose of spent fireworks—If you have a firework that won’t light, don’t try to re-light it. This can be dangerous, especially if your face is near the firework. Simply put it to the side and dispose of it later. Once your show is complete, make sure to properly dispose of the fireworks. Make sure to wet them down and place them in a metal waste bin that is not close to any buildings.

We wish you a Happy Fourth of July! To learn more about firework eye safety, or to schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Discover Acuvue Contact Lenses

Contact LensesAt Valley Eye Care Center, your vision is our top priority, and we want to make sure that you see properly. Vision problems can make certain everyday tasks more difficult, but luckily, Acuvue contact lenses will give you the freedom to accomplish anything without a vision impairment. If you’ve been in search of new contacts, Acuvue may be just the thing for you.

Acuvue Contact Lenses Correct Vision

We love Acuvue contacts because they have the ability to correct a variety of vision-related problems, and they are also extremely convenient!

Acuvue contacts are specialized for almost any vision impairment—There are Acuvue contact lenses for people who are nearsighted or farsighted, and there are lenses for astigmatism and even presbyopia. If you suffer from dry eyes, Acuvue offers varieties that will increase the hydration in your eyes. Most options also come with the choice of daily pairs or those that you replace every two weeks, which allows you to adapt your contact lenses to your lifestyle and preference. No matter what vision problems you have now or could develop over time, Acuvue has got you covered.

Convenience is the name of the game—Acuvue contact lenses are a great option for anyone who doesn’t want to go through the hassle of maintaining other types of contact lenses. Since you can simply dispose of the daily contact lenses, these vision correctors will work wonders for your daily routine, as you will not need to devote much time to Acuvue contact lenses. By wearing Acuvue contacts, you may even be able to play sports or take part in other activities that you couldn’t otherwise if you were wearing glasses.

Acuvue contact lenses are convenient and correct your vision! To learn more about these vision correctors, or to schedule, an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Glasses or Contact Lenses—Which is Right for You?

contact-lensesContact lenses and glasses both correct vision and allow you to see properly. While both glasses and contacts are great options to correct your vision, the decision on which one you use is typically a personal preference. Our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center can help you to decide whether you are a glasses or contacts person.

Contact Lenses and Glasses Allow You to See Properly

Glasses require little maintenance—Glasses are very easy to care for. Unlike contact lenses, you do not need to touch your eyes in order to wear them, which can decrease your risk for developing certain eye infections. Glasses are also easier to clean and do not need to be replaced as often as contact lenses.

Glasses are a fashion statement—Whether you have one pair or multiple to go with your outfits, glasses are truly an extension of your personality.

Contact lenses allow you to see without obstructions—If you want to see properly, as if you aren’t wearing glasses, contact lenses may be just the thing for you. Just be sure to care for them, as they do touch your eyes every day. If you’re concerned about putting contact lenses into your eyes, make sure to look into the mirror so that you can focus on the image in front of you, and use your other hand to steady your face so that you do not poke yourself.

Contact lenses may change the color of your eyes—While glasses may be a great fashion statement, certain contact lenses are designed to make your eyes different colors. Make your eyes pop with colorful lenses.

As with any big decision, it is important to consider the different advantages and disadvantages of both contact lenses and glasses. To learn more information about the differences between these two vision correctors, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.