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.

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

eye_healthAccording to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, over three million people in the United States suffer from glaucoma. January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, so now is the best time to learn about this vision-related disease and how you can maintain your eye health.

Eye Health and Increasing Knowledge of Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an eye disease that can eventually cause blindness through a period of vision loss, starting with the loss of peripheral vision. Because the disease damages the optic nerve, this nerve will no longer be able to carry images from the eye to the brain, causing a loss of sight. An increased amount of pressure in the eye is also common to glaucoma, and this increased pressure may damage the optic nerve.

Although glaucoma is most commonly found in people who are over 60 years of age, it is common for glaucoma to run in the family, especially in families of African-American, Hispanic, or Asian descent. People who are severely nearsighted, or those who have diabetes are also more likely to develop this vision-loss disease.

To make sure that you are maintaining proper eye health, it is important that you have a regular eye exam. Since glaucoma has virtually no symptoms, it is important that you schedule an eye exam regularly so that your optometrist can determine whether your eyes are in optimal health.

It is important that you take care of your eyes, especially if you have noticed any changes in your vision. Make your eye health a priority by coming in for regular eye exams to check your prescription and check on the state of your eyes. To learn more information about glaucoma, or if you would like to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Common Problems with Contact Lenses

contact_lensesContact lenses are a great option for people who do not want to wear eyeglasses, but if you’re new to wearing contacts, you may find that you have a few concerns. Have no fears—we will address the most common problems with contact lenses.

Caring for Contact Lenses

Cleaning contacts—If you have recently switched from wearing glasses to wearing contacts, you’ll want to be a little extra careful in order to ensure that your lenses are properly clean. Make sure to use contact lens solution so that your lenses do not get any build-up on your contacts. If you wear daily contacts, you don’t even have to worry about daily cleanings since these should be thrown away at the end of each day.

You can wear contacts and makeup simultaneously—If you’re concerned about wearing makeup with your contacts, have no fear. Wearing makeup will not interfere with your contact lenses. Just be sure to put your contact lenses in before you apply your makeup so that the oils from the makeup do not get onto the lenses.

Take your contact lenses out if you take a nap—If you decide to rest your eyes—even just for a few moments—it is important that you remove your contacts so that your eyes do not become dry.

If you have allergies, you may want to try daily contact lenses—Suffering from environmental allergies is common no matter what time of year it may be. If you have allergies, switching to daily disposable contact lenses may help you to increase the moisture in your eyes. Also, be sure to remove your contact lenses 15 minutes before using eye drops so that your eyes can fully absorb the moisture from the drops.

Caring for your contact lenses doesn’t have to be difficult. To learn more information about contacts, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

How to Treat Irritated Eyes

eye_careWe’ve all suffered from bouts of red, dry eyes every once in a while, but what causes our eyes to become irritated, and what can we do to soothe them? Optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center recommend eye care treatments for irritated eyes.

Eye Care for Red Eyes

Dry eyes—If your eyes are irritated because they are dry, one of the easiest ways to solve this issue is to use eye drops. You can use either over-the-counter drops or prescription drops in order to hydrate your eyes and to stop any inflammation and irritation in your eyes.

Allergies—Your eyes are exposed to the environment. If you have any allergies, your eyes will show if you are having a reaction. Common allergies include pollen, pet dander, and chemicals that are found in makeup. Make sure to avoid known allergens and to supplement with any allergy medication, such as an antihistamine, in order to maintain proper eye care throughout the year.

Eye strain—If you have been staring at a computer screen for hours on end, it may be time to take a break! It is important to let your eyes focus on something other than a screen. To properly care for your eyes, you should follow the 20-20-20 rule: for every 20 minutes you spend looking at a screen, you should spend 20 seconds looking at something that is 20 feet away.

Contacts—If you have had your contacts in for several hours on end, your eyes may dry out. Contact lenses can reduce the amount of oxygen that reaches your cornea, so it is important to remove them after a long day so that your eyes can breathe.

Soothe your eyes with these simple tips! To learn more about eye care, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Tips to Prevent Macular Degeneration

macular_degenerationMacular degeneration is a disease that causes vision loss by a deterioration of the macula, which controls visual activity. Although macular degeneration is related to both age and genetics, there are a few ways that you can reduce the risk of developing the disease.

Reduce the Risk of Developing Macular Degeneration

Load up on leafy greens—Eating dark, leafy green vegetables will provide you with vitamins and nutrients that other foods do not. Spinach and kale are high in lutein, which is a great nutrient for your eyes, as it helps to control the part of your retina that provides you with detailed vision.

Take your supplements—Taking a multivitamin is always a great idea and can provide not only your eyes but also your entire body with the nutrients it needs. Taking a fish oil supplement can also benefit your eyes because of the high omega-3 content, which boosts eye health and protects your retinas.

Exercise regularly—Exercise does not need to be a grueling task! Even a quick walk can be considered exercise, and it is important to keep your body moving and healthy.

Wear sunglasses—No matter what season it is, sunglasses will help your eyes to stay healthy by blocking the UV light that can damage your eyes.

Schedule a regular eye exam—Whether it is to check your prescription or to make sure that your eyes are generally healthy and getting the proper attention they need, an annual eye exam is always a good idea. If you’re ever concerned about the state of your eyes, be sure to come in for an additional consultation with one of our optometrists.

There may not be a cure for macular degeneration yet, but there are a few ways to make sure that you can reduce your risk of developing the disease. To learn more about our eye care tips, or to schedule an appointment with an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

New Year, New Glasses

eyeglassesThe most popular New Years resolution is to be the best version of yourself. At Valley Eyecare Center, we believe that in order to be the best you that you can be, you should put your eyes first! Come in for your annual eye exam or get new eyeglasses for the New Year!

Eyeglasses for 2017

Update your prescription. One of the best things you can do for your eyes is to keep your prescription up to date. If you’ve had difficulty reading—either the computer or signs that are far away—your prescription may need to be adjusted. Even a small difference in your prescription can make a huge difference in your vision, so it is important to make sure that your eyeglasses are as updated as possible.

Invest in computer glasses. If you use the computer often, it is an excellent idea to purchase some computer lenses. The blue light that emanates from screens can cause eye strain. In an effort to keep your eyes as comfortable as possible and keep headaches at bay, computer eyeglasses may be just the thing for you. Computer glasses’ yellow tint will minimize the effect of the blue screen and will make working on the computer far easier than before.

Prescription sunglasses are perfect for those Phoenix residents. Since it is always sunny in Arizona, sunglasses are necessary year-round! Prescription sunglasses are not only stylish but also practical, as they will help you to drive easier, and you will be able to go about your daily tasks with ease and visibility.

The coming of 2017 is the perfect opportunity to put your eyes first! Don’t let your eyes go another day without making sure that they are healthy. To schedule your yearly eye exam or get new eyeglasses at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

New Years Resolutions for Healthier Eyes

eye_exam2017 is coming up quickly, and it may be time to start thinking about a New Years resolution! We think that the best resolution you can make is to have healthier eyes in 2017. With the start of the New Year, we have listed a few tips, including an annual eye exam, so that you can accomplish this goal!

Eye Exams and Healthier Eyes in 2017

Eat right—One of the best things you can do for your eyes is to eat right. Foods that are rich in omega-3, vitamins C and E, and lutein are great for your eyes! Make sure to load up on leafy greens like spinach or kale, oily fishes like salmon or tuna, and non-meat proteins like nuts or eggs.

Wear sunglasses—It may seem counterintuitive to wear sunglasses year-round, but in Phoenix, it’s always sunny, no matter the season! Sunglasses not only work as great additions to any outfit but also protect your eyes from the intense rays of the sun.

Don’t stare at the computer—Although it may seem to be impossible, try not to stare at a screen for too long. The blue light that emits from the computer, the television, and the cell phone can strain your eyes, so it is important to take breaks whenever possible. We suggest the 20-20-20 rule: for every 20 minutes you spend looking at a screen, take a 20-second break by looking at something that is 20 feet away from you. This will help your eyes to focus on something that is far away and will help to prevent eye strain.

Don’t forget about your annual eye exam—It’s always a great idea to check in with an optometrist and make sure that your eyes are in tip-top shape! Make sure that your prescription is up-to-date at your annual eye exam.

Take care of your eyes throughout the New Year! To learn more about how to get healthier eyes in 2017, 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 During the Holidays

eye_safetyThe holidays are great opportunities to spend time with your family, friends, and those you love most. This time of year is exciting for people of all ages, but it can also be a common time for eye injuries. Make sure to keep your eye safety a priority throughout the holidays.

Holiday Eye Safety

Christmas trees—Whether you’re trimming the tree to make sure its branches look good for the inside of your home, or whether you’re decorating the tree with your children, eye safety is a must! Christmas tree-related eye injuries are fairly common throughout the holidays, so be sure to wear protective eyewear if you’re trimming the tree, and make sure not to get any glitter in your eyes or your children’s eyes while you decorate the tree! If you decorate with the tree with glass ornaments, be careful and do not hang them within reach of small children.

Toys—As you help the little ones open their toys this holiday season, make sure to get rid of any packaging that could be sharp. Also make sure that gifts are age appropriate so that your child’s eye safety is protected.

Driving—If you’re driving to visit family, don’t forget to wear sunglasses! No matter where you go in the country for your holiday season, it is important to protect your eyes. Even if you drive in snow, the sun’s rays will reflect off of the snow, and you’ll want to have your sunglasses with you in order to protect your eyes. Also, make sure to keep the windshield clean so that you can clearly see the road ahead without any glare.

To learn more about eye safety during the holiday season, or to schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Reversing Dry Eye in the Winter

Winter is harsh on your eyes, so it is important that you have the proper eye care routine for the change in season. If you’ve noticed that your eyes are irritated throughout the holidays, we’ve listed out a few tips to combat dry eye this winter.

Eye Care Tips to Hydrate Your Eyes

Dry_EyeFirst, it’s important to understand that dry eye is a serious condition and can damage the eye’s surface if it is not treated on a long-term basis. Keeping up with your eye care is extremely important, no matter the season.

Keep your contact lenses clean—Wearing contact lenses can dry out your eyes. Make sure to keep them clean, and if you use disposable lenses, ensure that you are wearing new lenses as directed. If your eyes still feel dry, try wearing eyeglasses for a few days to increase the moisture in your eyes.

Spend less time on the computer—Staring at the blue light of the computer, television, or phone screen can cause dry eye because you often do not blink enough times to lubricate your eyes. Make sure to take breaks and to look away from the computer every once in a while, no matter how much work you have to do. Since it can be hard to tear yourself away from the computer, television, or phone, you might want to try setting a timer to remind yourself to take a break.

Try eye drops—Sometimes all you need is the simple help of over-the-counter eye drops. Make sure to have some on hand so that you can hydrate your eyes during the low-humidity months of the winter.

Consult with your optometrist—If you’re concerned about your eyes, the best thing you can do is to talk to your optometrist about the problem. Schedule an appointment at Valley Eyecare Center to check on the state of your eyes.

To learn more about dry eye, or to schedule an appointment with one of our eye care specialists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.