Sports Eye Safety Month

Eye_safetyAlthough the Olympics may be over, you may still be in the Olympic mood to play sports and unleash your inner athlete. Whether you’re picking up a sport for the first time, have been a pro for many years, or whether your kids are trying out for a fall team, it is important to remember to be safe. While you may think of putting on shin guards or kneepads to ensure your safety, you should also be sure to protect your eyes from any potential injury. Since September is Sports Eye Safety Month, we have outlined a few tips to make sure that your eyes will be unaffected as you make your way down the court or the baseball field. Read on to learn more about sports eye safety!

Sports Eye Safety

All sports can pose as a potential threat to your eyes, but some are more dangerous than others. Basketball, baseball, boxing, soccer, and any sport involving a racquet are considered “high-risk sports” in which participants should wear protective eyewear. Although high-risk sports may pose the greatest dangers to your eye safety, lower-risk sports can also damage your eye health. In just a game of racquetball alone, the ball can travel between 60 and 200 miles per hour. Since there is a quickly moving object involved in almost any sport, you should make sure to protect your eyes.

How can you ensure that your eyes are safe? Sports goggles are available for nearly all sports, and these polycarbonate goggles will protect your eyes from fast-moving objects. Sports goggles can even be made to have prescription lenses if you need corrected vision. Eye safety can make a huge difference in a game—don’t neglect your eyes the next time you hit the court!

To learn more information about sports eye safety, or to learn more information about our clinic, call Valley Eye Care Center at (602) 955-2700 or visit our website.

Is it Time for a New Prescription?

Eye_examWith the end of summer, we’re starting to get back into the swing of things, and our schedules can get pretty busy. Make sure to keep up your eye health during this busy time! It may be time to get a new eye exam, or it may be time to see about getting new glasses. Read on to see if an eye exam and a new prescription may be in the works for you.

Do You Need A New Eye Exam?

If you haven’t gotten an eye exam in the past year, it’s time to schedule an appointment! Even if you can see well with your current glasses, it’s always a good idea to make sure that your current pair has the proper prescription. Yearly eye exams are a great way to ensure that your eye health is in top shape.

Headaches can be caused by changes in your vision. If you have suffered from headaches recently, these may be due to a change in your prescription. Check in with your optometrist in order to see whether or not your vision has changed since your last eye exam.

Increasing the amount of time working on the computer or watching TV can also cause your vision to change, as you may squint more often so that you can focus on the words on the screen. This action can not only generate headaches but can also dry out your eyes, so ensuring that your prescription is the right one can make a huge difference in the way you see when you work.

If it appears as if your vision has become blurry, or if you have eye strain, these are both signs that your sight has changed. Scheduling an appointment with an optometrist should be one of the first things you do after you notice one of these symptoms.

If you would like to schedule an eye exam or would like to learn more information about our clinic, call Valley Eyecare Center at (602) 955-2700 or visit our website.

Invest in Computer Glasses

Phoenix_optometristIn this day and age, it seems as if our lives have become more and more focused on a screen. Whether you work in front of a computer, watch TV for multiple hours, or use your phone a lot, the lights from the screens we use every day can cause eye strain, which can lead to migraines. In order to combat this strain on your eyes, Phoenix optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center recommend that you invest in computer glasses. Read on to discover more about the importance and value of computer glasses in the modern world.

Phoenix Optometrists Recommend Computer Glasses for Everyday Use

Computer glasses are different from regular eyeglasses because they improve your vision when you look at a screen. Since most screens are positioned at a distance between reading and distance vision, these glasses are designed to boost your mid-distance vision. Certain computer glasses may have a tint or a coating in order to provide an anti-glare treatment. Computer glasses are typically tinted yellow in order to block the blue light emitted from computer screens that is associated with eye strain and headaches.

These glasses may even improve your posture! Some people adjust their posture when they look at a computer screen; to combat this, computer glasses provide the optimal viewing range for your eyes so that you don’t have to hunch over or squint to see the text on the screen.

Make sure to avoid using the computer right before you go to bed because looking at the blue light can cause headaches and may keep you awake at night. In combination with wearing computer glasses at work and while watching TV, you will notice an instant improvement in your vision!

Don’t delay—get computer glasses today! Blurry vision, eye strain, and headaches don’t have to define your life. If you are considering an investment in computer glasses, or if you would like to learn more about them, contact a qualified Phoenix optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center at (602) 955-2700 or visit our website.

Avoiding Dry Eye in Arizona

Dry_eyeDo you, like many other Arizona residents, frequently suffer from dry eyes? While this condition might not be terribly debilitating, it can still take a toll on you and could even lead to more severe eye problems. Ensuring that you take all the precautions necessary can help not only prevent dry eye, but also any eye infections due to this condition. Keep reading for tips on how to prevent and alleviate dry eye.

Eye Drops

While eye drops will not completely resolve dry eyes, they can keep your eyes hydrated and free of dust and debris.

Avoid Rubbing

Rubbing your eyes is never a good idea, so you should avoid it as much as possible. Some negative side effects of rubbing your eyes include the transmission of microbes and eye infections. Instead, you should rinse your eyes with water.

Air Humidifiers

Arizona is very arid, which is why dry eye is very common—especially in the lower half of the state. Having an air humidifier at home can help to increase the moisture in the air, which helps to keep your eyes hydrated and reduce the risk of dry eye.

Quit Smoking / Avoid Smoke

Cigarettes are as bad for your lungs and overall health as they are for your eyes. Smoking can double the risk of developing macular degeneration and blindness, and it can also cause dry eye. Quitting this unhealthy habit—as well as avoiding smoke-infested areas—can help to keep your eyes healthy and well-lubricated.

Be Careful With Electronics

Did you know that when your computer or TV screen is above eye level, you open your eyes wider to see it? This action can cause dryness in your eyes, so our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center recommend that you keep screens below eye level so that your eyelids will lower over the top part of your eye.

Give Your Eyes A Break

Eye-intensive activities such as reading, playing videogames, and working for long hours in front of a computer can eventually lead to dry eye. Make sure that you incorporate the 20-20-20 rule into your daily activities—for every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and focus on something that is 20 feet away from you. This simple routine will rest your eyes and keep them well lubricated.

For more information about how to avoid dry eye in Arizona, or to schedule your yearly eye exam, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Hard Contact Lenses vs. Soft Contact Lenses

Contact_LensesNowadays, there are many different types of contact lenses that can help improve your vision. However, for many lens wearers, knowing which contacts are the perfect match for their eyes can be tricky. If you, like many others, are considering getting contact lenses to correct your vision, this guide will help you determine whether hard contacts or soft contacts are best for you.

Hard Contact Lenses

Hard contact lenses are relatively inflexible, maintaining their shape when they are in use. These types of lenses help reduce the effect of nearsightedness in young and adult lens wearers. If some of your concerns are worsening vision and eye infections, hard contact lenses may be the right fit for you. Keep in mind that while these are durable and give you clear, crisp vision, they also can easily become dislodged from the center of your eye and can get scratched. Since hard contact lenses are not disposable like soft contact lenses, extra care care is needed.

Soft Contact Lenses

Because they are more flexible and form to the shape of your eye, soft contact lenses are initially more comfortable than hard contacts. While both hard and soft contact lenses allow oxygen into your eye, some people prefer one’s breathability over the other. Some soft lenses, like Acuvue, are disposable, allowing the wearer to use them for a short period of time and then throw them away. Customized for different vision problems, these lenses are a convenient option for those with allergies or sensitive eyes.

If you’re a current wearer, or if you’ve been considering getting contact lenses to correct your vision, it’s important that you know all of your options. To learn more about hard and soft contact lenses or to book an appointment at Valley Eyecare Center, call us at (602) 955-2700, or contact us on our website.

Nutrition Tips From An Optometrist

Phoenix Optometrist Few things are better for your health than nutrient-rich foods. While they benefit your overall health, foods rich in vitamins such as beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin D are very important for optimal eye health. To better understand the nutrients that can keep your eyes in excellent shape, take a look at these nutrition tips from a Phoenix optometrist.

Carrots, Sweet Potato and Spinach

These three vegetables are full of beta-carotene and are easy to add to just about any meal! Since beta-carotene is made up of antioxidants that help to form a barrier against foreign objects such as bacteria and dust, our Phoenix optometrist stands by beta-carotene as a great shield to protect the surface of your eye. A delicious and easy way to include carrots, sweet potatoes and spinach in one meal is by whipping up a salad. Add a bit of balsamic vinaigrette dressing to sweeten things up!

Bell Peppers, Broccoli and Citrus Fruits

We all know that oranges contain loads of vitamin C, but what about vegetables? Broccoli and bell peppers are also high in this vitamin, building up immunity and strengthening your connective tissue to prevent against cataracts and muscle degeneration. It is crucial to give your body a proper amount of vitamin C, as your body does not produce it naturally. Add bell peppers to your dinner with some light dressing to get your daily dose of vitamin C!

Eggs, Mushrooms and Fatty Fish

Vitamin D is made up of anti-inflammatory properties and aids in keeping your eyes youthful by slowing down the aging process. Consuming the proper amount of vitamin D can help to preserve your eyesight and your overall eye health as you age. Vitamin D is found in eggs and salmon, and mushrooms, so a yummy way incorporate these foods into your diet is to have a mushroom omelet or baked salmon with a creamy mushroom sauce!

With the right recipes and the right ingredients, it is easy to get all the nutrients you need to have healthy eyes and enjoy a scrumptious meal! For more information about nutrition and eye health, or to book an eye exam with one of our Phoenix optometrists, visit our website.

Eye Health Safety Tips for Kids

Eye HealthIt’s that time of year again! Families rushing to buy binders, books, clothes, backpacks, and all other last-minute items to get their kids ready for the new school year. Unfortunately, with the back-to-school rush, it is easy to forget about taking your child to get an eye exam or ensure they are taking good care of their peepers. While the new school year can be exciting for your kids, having an underlying eye health condition could seriously compromise their academic success. Since August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, here are a few ways to make sure that your kids’ eyes are in great shape for the school year ahead.

Eye Health Tips and Vision Development for Young Children

If you have a newborn in the family, make sure to keep him or her out of direct contact with the sun, as babies are very sensitive to light. After babies are one month old, they will be able to see more clearly and sharply, and they will also be able to see color. When babies are four months old, they can differentiate colors and will see the entire spectrum of the rainbow. To ensure that your baby can see well, you should make sure that he or she can track objects and recognize you.

Eye Health Tips for Older Children

As your child ages, you should make sure to schedule a regular eye exam with an optometrist, even if your child appears not to have any vision problems. Astigmatism, a general blurriness that is caused by a misshapen eye, can develop at any age, but children can also grow out of this vision ailment. If your child complains of difficulty when reading or writing, or suffers from frequent headaches, these are signs that he or she may have an eyesight problem that should be examined by a professional. Most schools require kids to have yearly eye exams so that their vision is checked frequently.

If you have any questions about kids’ eye health or would like to book an appointment at Valley Eyecare Center, give us a call at (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

What Is Astigmatism?

Eye ExamAlthough there are many issues that can cause vision impairment, one of the most common ocular problems is astigmatism. If the cornea of the eye is misshapen, a person is said to have astigmatism because light is prevented from properly entering the retina, causing blurred vision at every angle. Learn more about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options for astigmatism that you may want to take into consideration before your next eye exam.

Symptoms

Catching symptoms of astigmatism can be tricky, as these can be associated with other eye health issues, making it important to get an eye exam. Aside from blurred vision, symptoms may include fatigue or headaches, both of which can be caused by cloudy eyesight. If you notice a change in your eyesight, make sure to visit your optometrist as soon as possible to get checked for astigmatism.

Diagnosis

Optometrists can discover astigmatism through a comprehensive eye exam. Doctors test the eyes for visual acuity, curvature of the cornea and how the eyes focus light. Depending on the results of these tests, the patient may receive a diagnosis for astigmatism and decide on a method of treatment.

Treatment

There are three popular forms of treatment for astigmatism, all of which are proven to work incredibly well and restore eyesight to its proper state.

  • Eyeglasses: This is the most common form of treatment, as there is little to no upkeep and are easily removable. The glasses made for this condition use a cylindrical lens prescription that works to counteract the astigmatism.
  • Contact Lenses: Patients usually find contacts to work better in terms of overall vision enhancement because the lens covers the entire eye, providing a clearer, wider field of view. We recommend the brand Acuvue, which has a lens created specifically for eyes with astigmatism.
  • LASIK Eye Surgery: This option is a bit more extreme since the tissue causing the curvature around the eye is removed with a laser, but patients have seen excellent, long-lasting results from this surgery. However, we urge you to do research and find an experienced surgeon before booking this procedure.

 

To learn more about astigmatism or to book an eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 242-6888 or visit our website.

 

Why We Love Acuvue and So Should You

Contact LensesVision problems can make everyday life difficult. Luckily, Acuvue contact lenses can give you the freedom to complete your daily routine with no disruptions due to vision impairment. Whether you struggle with astigmatism or presbyopia, Acuvue offers a variety of contact lenses that target different issues. If you are looking for new contacts, this quick overview will help you decide if Acuvue is right for you.

Variety

No matter if you are nearsighted or farsighted, have chronically dry eyes, an astigmatism, or even presbyopia, there is a pair of Acuvue contacts for you. For near or farsightedness, eight different types of lenses are offered, ranging from those that must be replaced every day to those that are replaced every two weeks. They can also be specialized for extra hydration if you suffer from dry eyes. Those with astigmatism—blurry vision at all distances—also have the option of daily or two-week pairs. Patients with presbyopia—difficulty focusing on near objects or smaller print, starting at around age 40—have the ability to wear either one day or two week multifocal lenses! No matter the vision problems you have or may develop over time, Acuvue has got you covered.

Convenience

While you may be intimidated by wearing or putting in contact lenses, once you get the hang of it, the process of taking them in and out will simply become a part of your daily routine. By wearing Acuvue contacts, you have the ability not only to ease through your regular day but also to take part in activities that glasses may have stopped you from taking part in, such as getting into the pool or playing sports. These contact lenses relinquish your freedom to live the life you want with no vision limitations!

For more information about Acuvue contact lenses, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists, call (602) 242-6888 or visit our website.

 

 

Get Sunglasses for UV Safety Month

Eye SafetyFrom a young age, we were all taught how important it is to keep our eyes protected from the sun. Today, there are not only advancements in sun protection for our peepers but also countless styles of sunglasses suitable for everyone. While you may choose certain sunglasses in order to be trendy, it is crucial to know exactly what to look for in lenses to ensure maximum eye safety.

Protection

The most important feature of sunglasses is the amount of protection they provide while you’re out in the sun. Too much exposure to UV rays can lead to many eye health issues, such as cataracts, muscular degeneration, and even cancer. To prevent these possible side effects, it is best to look for sunglasses that protect against 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB light.

Fit

Style is important when it comes to choosing sunglasses that you will wear every day, but you should keep in mind the purpose for which you are wearing them. The way your glasses fit is crucial to ensure eye safety. If you sunglasses are too large for your face, they may fall easily or leave areas of your eyes unprotected due to misplacement. When looking for the right pair of sunglasses, make sure you can move around without them sliding off your nose.

View

The way your sunglasses look and feel are vital to making sure they are the right pair for you. However, another aspect to take into consideration is the way you see through them. If you wear glasses or contacts, it is best to get sunglasses that work with your lifestyle. Your vision is essential no matter what you are doing or where you are going throughout the day, so always wear sunglasses that support your vision in whatever ways needed.

For more information about UV eye safety or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists, visit our website.