How to Treat a Stye

optometristHave you ever developed a stye on one of your eyelids? These pesky bumps can develop at any time and are most often caused by the buildup of dead skin, oil, or dirt around the eye. Treat a stye by following these simple steps from an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center!

Advice from an Optometrist on How to Care for a Stye

Use warm water—Wet a washcloth with warm water, and rest this on your eye for about five to ten minutes. Make sure that the water isn’t too hot and that the washcloth has been wrung out so that it doesn’t drip. Some people may also choose to use a warm tea bag to achieve the same effect. The heat and moisture will help the stye to come to a head, but please make sure not to pop the stye as if it is a pimple! The heat and water will allow the stye to open and drain on its own, which will cause it to heal more quickly.

Wash your hands and your eye—Keeping the surfaces clean is crucial in order to make sure that the stye goes away as quickly as possible. At Valley Eyecare Center, our optometrists recommend that you use diluted tear-free baby shampoo to wash your eyelid without getting too much soap in your eye. Make sure to wash your hands before and after touching your eye.

Avoid wearing makeup—Because makeup can get into your eye or make the stye worse, it is important not to wear makeup so that the stye can heal without anything covering it.

Treat styes easily and quickly with these simple tips to ensure proper eye health! To learn more about caring for styes, or to schedule an appointment with an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

The Fight Against Dry Eye

eye-healthWith the rising temperatures and the lowering humidity, it can be easy to find that your eyes become dry. If your eyes have felt dry, or even if your vision has not been as sharp as it once was, it may be time to schedule an eye exam to make sure that your eye health is at its best for the coming months.

Your Eye Health is a Priority

Know the symptoms of dry eye—If your tears do not adequately hydrate your eyes, you may experience any of the following symptoms that can affect your eye health: pain, sensitivity to light, feeling as if there is sand in your eye, redness, or blurry vision.

Limit your use of electronics, screens, and computers—Dry eye is often caused by electronic use. Staring at a computer, a television, or a phone screen can dry out your eyes, so our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center recommend that you limit the number of hours you spend looking at a screen each day in order to have optimal eye health.

Try the 20-20-20 rule—If you absolutely cannot avoid screens because of your job or other responsibilities, try the 20-20-20 rule: for every 20 minutes you spend looking at a screen, take a 20-second break and focus on something that is at least 20 feet away from you. This will help to keep your eyes hydrated, focused, and clear.

Amp up the humidity—To combat the dry air in Arizona, you can try other methods to make sure that your eyes are properly hydrated. Air humidifiers can help to increase the humidity in the air, and artificial tears can lubricate your eyes so that they do not feel as dry.

Ensure your eye health for the summer by combating dry eye! To learn more about dry eye, or to schedule your annual eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Eye Care Goals for the Summer

eye-careAs summer approaches, it is important to remember your eye safety and health. At Valley Eyecare Center, we’ve compiled a list of eye care tips for the hotter months.

Eye Care Tips for the Summer

Sunglasses are a must—Sunglasses are important no matter what month it is, but the summer months are especially crucial, as the sun’s rays are more intense during the summer. Sunglasses can protect your eyes from the damaging rays of the sun, and they are an eye care must!

Wear goggles at the pool—If you’re planning to take a dip into the pool, make sure to bring goggles with you because they can protect your eyes from the chemicals used to keep pools clean. Public pools typically have more chemicals than private pools, so if you’re going on vacation, goggles are especially important.

Schedule an annual eye exam for your child—As the kids get out of school for the summer, it is a great time to take them in to check on their eyes. Your child’s vision can change as he or she grows, so it’s important to make sure that his or her prescription has not changed.

Eat right, and drink plenty of water—Eating right is important in order to maintain proper eye care. Although it may be easy to eat junk food throughout the summer, especially if you’re traveling, make sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables so that you get all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Vitamin A and E both boost vision health, so make sure to get the proper amount of these essential nutrients! Water also helps to reduce eye strain and helps to keep your body properly hydrated and functioning.

This summer, make sure to make your eye care a priority! To learn more about summer 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.

4 Tips for Healthy Vision

optometristThis May is Healthy Vision Month! At Valley Eyecare Center, our optometrists recommend a few tips to make sure that your eyes stay as healthy as they can throughout the summer.

Optometrists Promote Healthy Vision

Get a comprehensive eye exam—Make sure that your prescription is up to date, and make sure that your eyes are as healthy as they can be! An optometrist can not only check your vision but also dilate your pupils to check for any signs of damage or disease. If glaucoma or other vision diseases run in your family, it is a good idea to get your eyes checked at least once a year.

Eat well—Your diet influences many aspects of your health, especially your vision! We all associate carrots with good vision because of the beta carotene that they contain, but did you know that other foods can also promote good vision? Make sure to eat plenty of spinach and leafy greens, as well as salmon and halibut, as they contain omega-3 fatty acids, which promote vision.

Wear sunglasses—It’s getting to be summertime, and the sun’s rays are most intense during the hot months. Protecting your eyes from the damaging rays of the sun is crucial to your eye health. Optometrists recommend wearing sunglasses every time you are outside so that you receive the full benefit of your shades!

Take a break from screens—While many of us may work in front of a screen and then come home to more screens, it is important to look away every once in a while from the blue light of a phone, television, or computer screen. We recommend the 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes you spend focusing on a screen, focus on something that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This simple trick will help to save your eyes from eye strain!

Make sure to keep your eyes healthy this May! To learn more about healthy vision, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Valley Eyecare Center Offers Quality Vision Solutions

Eye_CareAt Valley Eyecare Center, your vision is our top priority. Our ocular solutions will improve your sight and your eye health. Learn more about our services at Valley Eyecare Center!

Whether you need an eye exam or advice about how to resolve eye strain, we’ve got you covered!

Comprehensive eye exams—Get your prescription updated and come in for a comprehensive eye exam. We recommend that you get an eye exam at least once a year so that your prescription is up to date, and you will not suffer from any vision-related problems.

Fitting of contact lenses—If you are thinking about making the switch from eyeglasses to contact lenses, we at Valley Eyecare Center can help! We will help you decide whether soft lenses or hard lenses are better for your lifestyle, and we will give you the best advice on how to put them in if you are nervous about touching your eye.

Eye strain treatments—Did you know that eye strain is one of the most common vision-related problems? Since many jobs require employees to spend many hours of their days on a computer, the blue light from the screen can strain the eyes. For simple remedies, we suggest the 20-20-20 rule—for every 20 minutes you spend looking at a screen, focus on something that is 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

Dry eye remedies—Dry eye can often be fixed by using eye drops that can be purchased either over the counter or through a prescription. However, if you have a more serious condition of dry eye, we can make sure that you receive proper treatment.

We know that vision helps us in every task imaginable, so it’s important that your eye health is as good as it can be. To learn more about our services, or to schedule an appointment for an eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Protect Your Eyes from Harmful UV Rays

sunglassesAs the summer months approach, it is important to make sure that your vision stays at its healthiest form. Since we live in the “Valley of the Sun”, protecting our eyes from the damaging rays of the sun is crucial. This is especially urgent as the weather gets warmer! Protect your eyes this summer with sunglasses from Valley Eyecare Center!

Sunglasses Keep Your Eyes Safe

Just as wearing sunscreen every day is beneficial for your skin, wearing sunglasses every day is helpful  for your eyes! It may seem like common sense to wear sunglasses in the summer, but even just a few moments out in the sun can affect your eyes.

Did you know that sunglasses can even prevent cancer? Up to 10 percent of all skin cancers are found directly on the eyelid, and simply wearing sunglasses can prevent these skin cancers. Do your peepers a favor and make sure to always have a quality pair of sunglasses with you!

Sunglasses can also prevent some eye problems and/or eye diseases. Cataracts, which are categorized as the clouding of the lens of the eye, are caused by UV damages. The damaging rays of the sun may also lead to macular degeneration, in which the eye suffers from blurred vision and even vision loss altogether.

Everyone, regardless of age, should wear sunglasses, especially in a state as sunny as Arizona! Don’t forget to make sure that your children wear sunglasses as well. Many children go outside without sunglasses, but the UV rays damage their eyes in the same way in which they damage an adult’s eyes. As the summer comes closer, it is especially important that children wear sunglasses, as the sun’s rays are more intense during the hottest months.

Sunglasses aren’t just great fashion accessories—they protect your eyes, too! To learn more information about the importance of sunglasses, especially in summer months, or to schedule an appointment with one of our Phoenix optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

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.