Eye Exam Tips for Children

childrens-eye-examsSometimes it can be difficult to determine if your child has a vision problem. Therefore, children’s eye exams are essential because vision is a crucial part of elementary education. It is better to get a problem diagnosed sooner rather than later! Learn more about the importance of children’s eye exams.

Children’s Eye Exams Promote Learning

Did you know that, on average, one out of four school-age children has a vision impairment? Most children have their first comprehensive eye exam before they enter first grade (about five or six years old). If your child needs glasses, he or she should come in for an eye exam every year to update the prescription.

Aforementioned, children’s eye exams are important for their performance in school. According to the American Optometric Association, nearly 80% of learning is visual. If your child is seeing, he or she is learning. However, if your child has a vision impairment, he or she may not be able to learn as quickly or as much. Near vision and distance vision are necessary in the classroom, and focusing skills require good vision as well. Good vision is also crucial for hand-eye coordination for any sports or activities in which your child may be interested.

Know the warning signs. If you child complains of headaches, sits too close to the TV or holds a book too close, these may be signs that he or she is having trouble seeing. Frequent eye rubbing and sensitivity to light can also be warning signs, and your child would most likely benefit from an eye exam.

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

Eye Care Tips for Swimmers

eye-careWhile the weather is warming up, there is no better time to take a splash into the water than now! While it may be fun to catch some waves or go to a pool party with friends, it is important that you maintain proper eye care to protect your eyes.

Swimming and Eye Care

“Swimmer’s eye” is common for anyone who swims, regardless of whether you take a quick dip into the pool or if you spend hours swimming laps. Listed below are a few tips to make sure that your eyes stay safe while you swim.

  • People who swim often may develop dry eye: The chlorine and chemicals used to keep the pool clean often damage the eyes, leaving them itchy and red. To ensure proper eye care, you should wear goggles or close your eyes when you swim. If your eyes become irritated after you swim, make sure to wash them out with clean water.

  • Use eye drops to make sure that your eyes stay hydrated: It is important that your eyes maintain proper hydration as you swim so that they are not affected throughout the rest of the day.

  • Do not wear contacts while you swim: Before you go swimming—even if you’re going to wear contacts—make sure to take your contacts out! You do not want to lose them in the water. Also, any chemicals in the water may get stuck to the lenses, which could cause infections in your eyes, so it is important to remove them before swimming.

Make sure to take care of your eyes while you swim this summer! To learn more about swimming eye care tips, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Eye Safety in the Workplace

This month is Workplace Eye Safety Month! No matter where you work, it is important to keep your eyes safe in the workplace. Learn a few tips on how to keep your vision in its best condition.

Workplace Eye Safety

Eye_SafetyProtect your eyes—If you work in an environment that uses chemicals or oils, it is important to wear eye protection, such as goggles. Working in construction and manufacturing may also require the use of eye protection, as you want to make sure that your eyes are safe as you work.

Wear computer glasses—If you work at a computer for the majority of the day, it is important to save your eyes from eye strain. Maintain your eye safety by investing in computer glasses, which will block some of the blue light from the computer screen. Also, make sure to abide by the 20-20-20 rule—for every 20 minutes you work on the computer, focus on something that is 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds to refocus your vision. This rule applies to phones and televisions, too! Do not spend too much of your day focusing on a screen.

Know your risks—Certain work environments are more dangerous to the eyes than others. Some jobs may require the use of safety eyewear, goggles, or special-use safety glasses. If you work in an environment that is more strenuous on your eyes, it is important to maintain and perhaps even increase your eye safety.

Workplace eye safety is important to your health, as well as your success in your career. Be sure to make your vision a priority no matter where you work so that your can maintain your eye health. To learn more about workplace eye safety, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Ocular Allergies in Spring

optometristWhile it may be warming up outside, your allergies may be suffering from this change in weather. If your seasonal allergies have affected your eyes, take some advice from an optometrist and follow these simple tips to make sure that your eyes are in their tip-top shape!

Allergy Advice from an Optometrist

In Phoenix, it is common to have allergy reactions from trees and grass. Learn more about the following allergies.

  • Over the next three months, the following trees will bloom in Arizona: Cottonwood, Palo Verde, Mesquite, Mulberry, Olive, Arizona Ash, and Sycamore. If you have noticed that your eyes are affected by any of these trees, make sure to take some allergy medication.
  • Pollen can also affect your eyes. Pollen that comes from trees, flowers, and other plants may even get into your house, so it is important to keep doors and windows shut in order to ensure the health of your body and your eyes. Optometrists recommend that if you are allergic to pollen, you should make sure to remove any weeds and Bermuda grass from your yard so that pollen production is reduced.
  • If it’s windy, stay inside. Pollen and other allergens from trees and spores can move easily in the wind, which can easily stir up your allergies and make them worse.
  • Make sure to change the air filters in your house. This simple task can take a difference in the quality of the air that you breathe and that your eyes are exposed to each day. General spring cleaning is also a great way to reduce the amount of pollen and dust in the air in your living environment.

Spring is the season of change and the season of allergies. Make sure to put your eye health first throughout the season. To learn more about allergy prevention, or to schedule an eye exam with an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Save Your Vision with an Eye Exam

Eye_ExamThis March is Save Your Vision Month! Although we live busy lives, it is important to take time to care for our eyes, as we use them at every waking moment. Learn more about the ways in which your eyes can benefit from an eye exam.

An Eye Exam Can Save Your Vision

Do not stare at the computer—According to a 2016 survey, the average American uses a screen for approximately seven hours each day. However, the blue light that comes from computer screens, phone screens, and the TV can damage your eyes in a number of ways. It is recommended that if you use a screen for more than twenty minutes at a time, you should look 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds so that your eyes have a chance to focus on something that is far away. Make sure to refocus your eyes so that you do not get any headaches associated with eye strain.

Eye strain is damaging to your health—If you suffer from eye strain, you may also suffer from headaches, blurred vision, and a general lack of sleep. If you have any of these side effects, make sure to make an appointment for an eye exam to get your prescription updated and check on the health of your eyes.

To reverse eye strain, come in for an eye exam—An eye exam can ensure that your eyes and your body are in their optimal health if you are concerned that you might have digital eye strain. As your optometrist about computer glasses, which may save your vision if you need to work on the computer for several hours each day.

Put your vision first! Save your eyes with an eye exam this March. To learn more information about digital eye strain, or to schedule an eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Sunglasses are a Must in Phoenix

sunglassesWe all know that we live in the valley of the sun, so we need to make sure to keep our eyes protected! As spring approaches, make sure to wear sunglasses throughout all of your activities.

Spring Activities Require Sunglasses

While you’re out enjoying the wonderful weather that comes with spring, keep your peepers safe from the damaging rays of the sun by wearing sunglasses! We’ve listed a few fun activities for you to enjoy this spring.

  • Go to a spring training game—We all love going to a few spring training games! Whether you love the game, the team, or the food, spring training games always make a great weekend activity. Sport your favorite team’s jersey and throw on a pair of sunglasses since you will be outside for a few hours.
  • Hike Camelback—With such nice weather, you may decide it’s a good time to hike up the mountain and see the view of the city from above! Stay hydrated and pack water, and make sure to hike in the morning so that you do not get overheated. Don’t forget your sunglasses to not only reduce the glare from the sun but also to protect your eyes!
  • Have a picnic—Gather up a few friends or family members and enjoy the weather by having a meal outside! Whether you sit directly in the sun or in the shade of a tree, make sure to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. Sunglasses are necessary even if it is a cloudy day, as clouds only block 20% of the damaging UV rays of the sun.

Sunglasses are made for every event in Phoenix! To learn more about our sunglasses at Valley Eyecare Center, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Ask An Optometrist About Contacts

optometristDid you know that over 30 million people wear contacts in the United States? If you’ve been considering switching from eyeglasses to contacts, you’re not alone. Contact an optometrist to update your prescription and make the switch to contacts.

Contact Lens Tips from a Phoenix Optometrist

How do I clean my contact lenses?

Make sure to clean your contact lenses regularly and thoroughly. If you have non-disposable contact lenses, cleaning them is the most important aspect of maintenance. Make sure to use contact lens solution, as opposed to water, because it will keep your lenses free of any chemicals or minerals that may reside in tap water.

Can I use eye drops while wearing contact lenses?

Yes! If your eyes feel dry, make sure to keep them hydrated. Using eye drops while wearing contacts is perfectly safe for your eyes, and it is important to make sure that your eyes do not become dry while wearing contact lenses.

Can I sleep while wearing contact lenses?

No, most optometrists recommend that you remove contact lenses if you take a nap and before you go to bed. Although certain contact lenses can be worn for brief naps, it is a good idea to remove them if you know you are tired. Play it safe and remove contacts before sleeping, as the risk of eye problems arises when contact lenses are worn overnight.

Can contact lenses correct astigmatism?

Yes! Although many contact lenses in the past could not correct astigmatism, new technology has created contact lenses for those suffering from astigmatism. Contact your optometrist if you would like to switch from eyeglasses to contacts if you suffer from astigmatism.

Make the switch from eyeglasses to contact lenses! To learn more about contacts, or to schedule an eye exam with an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center, call us at (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Low Vision Awareness Month

visionThis February is Low Vision Awareness Month. Learn more about low vision and how to decrease the chance of developing low vision.

Low Vision and Eyesight Loss

What is low vision?

Low vision is a condition in which a person loses a certain amount of eyesight. Everyday tasks can become difficult to complete with low vision. Although most people who have trouble seeing can regain their vision with medication, surgery, glasses, or other options, people with low vision cannot regain their sight and will experience permanent vision loss.

What causes low vision?

A few eye diseases can cause this condition, including macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and retinis pigmentosa. Although these conditions can occur at any age, they are more frequently seen in older people. Certain eye injuries can also cause low vision.

What are the signs of low vision?

If you cannot complete everyday tasks without experiencing difficulty seeing, you may have low vision. In some cases, a person may experience a “hole” or spots in his or her vision that get in the way of sight. Losing peripheral vision, night blindness, and blurry or hazy vision are also symptoms of low vision. Failing to distinguish facial features and a misperception of depth can also be signs of this condition.

How can low vision be treated?

If your ophthalmologist has diagnosed you with low vision, unfortunately, there is no cure. Instead, you will have to get creative about the way that you can use the vision you still have left. Do not give up your activities, hobbies, or whatever else you enjoy doing. It is important to keep up your normal routine. There are tools and resources for people with low vision, so there is no need to change your lifestyle to adapt to low vision.

To learn more about low vision, or to schedule your annual eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Fall in Love with New Frames

EyeglassesFebruary is the season of love and appreciation. Show your eyes some love by treating them to some new eyeglasses! We’ve listed all of the newest frame styles and trends for 2017.

Love Your New Eyeglasses

If your prescription has changed, now is the perfect time to get a new pair of eyeglasses. Or, if you’re tired of your current frames, come into Valley Eyecare Center to check out our newest styles! Here are a few up and coming trends for 2017 frames:

  • Tortoise shell—We love this trend! There are many color pallets that are sure to fit any skin tone.
  • Oversized cat eye frames—These eyeglasses are perfect for any woman wanting to wear something that looks rather exclusive!
  • Clear frames—Want something that goes with every outfit and every hairstyle? Clear frames might be the way to go! Blending in with your face, these are perfect for anyone wanting to minimize the appearance of wearing eyeglasses.
  • Black frames—This classic look is especially popular in rectangular or square frames. Like clear frames, black frames go with any outfit and complement most facial structures.
  • Semi-rimless frames—These eyeglasses are all the rage and flatter both men and women. Semi-rimless frames can be dressed up or down, and they are a great fashion and business accessory!
  • Cat eye frames—Cat eye frames never seem to go out of style for women. These eyeglasses are great for business or casual looks and may add some whimsy to your outfits. Try a new color to brighten up your look!

Don’t wait to get new eyeglasses! Come in to see our newest frames! For more information about frames, or to schedule your annual eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Signs Your Child Needs an Eye Exam

eye_examDid you know that 80% of what children learn is obtained visually? We all want our kids to do well in school, so it is important that they are able to learn as much as they can by seeing properly. Since it is so crucial that children see well, it is always important to take them in for an eye exam.

Signs that Your Young One May Need an Eye Exam

If you think your child might need an eye exam, the chances are that you’re right. Below we have listed a few symptoms or signs that your child may express if he or she cannot see well.

  • Squinting or closing one eye in order to see—Your child may squint in order to see things up close or to see things at a distance.
  • Headaches, nausea, or dizziness—If your child is having a hard time focusing to see the board in class or to read a book at home, he or she may suffer from headaches because of the extra effort it takes to see properly.
  • Rubbing eyes several times throughout the day—This sign may indicate that your child is trying to refocus his or her eyes.
  • Excessive clumsiness—Tripping or bumping into things may be a sign that this young one needs an eye exam!
  • 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.
  • Reduced academic performance—Some children may not know how to express that they have trouble seeing. Although they may be trying their hardest at school, they may not be able to achieve everything that they could without improved vision.

We all want the best for our kids! Ensure that your child can see to his or her full potential! To learn more information, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.