Dr. Peter T. Ryan Joins Valley Eyecare Center

EyecareValley Eyecare Center announced that Peter T. Ryan O.D. joined its Phoenix area practice. Dr. Ryan is a highly regarded optometrist in the Valley, serving patients for more than seventeen years.  Valley Eyecare Center provides quality eye care for all ages with a long-term commitment to provide the latest technology available and comprehensive eye care for the well-being of its patients.  “I’ve always admired the professionalism of Valley Eyecare Center and the services they provide to the community. I am pleased to be a member of their outstanding team; my patients will be well-served,” said Dr. Ryan.

Dr. Ryan completed his training from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1986 and subsequently started his own practice. In addition, he spent ten years as a staff member at the Cook County Hospital System, the University of Chicago and Humana Health Care. Then in 1998, the Phoenix weather tempted Dr. Ryan to continue his optometric practice and retinal research.

In addition to Dr. Ryan, Valley Eyecare Center optometrists include Dr. Lindsey Clyde and Dr. Eric Clyde. Lindsey Clyde O.D., notes, “Dr. Ryan has always been a well-respected optometrist in the Phoenix area community. We welcome him and look forward to the contribution he will make to our group.”

Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday 9:00am to Noon. Valley Eyecare Center provides the latest technology and best care to its patients. Valley Eyecare Center has two locations in Phoenix. The professionals at our eye care practice provide each patient with quality vision solutions and exceptional customer service. Our staff is experienced in all areas of vision care. Maintaining healthy eyes requires regular vision and eye health exams. We look forward to serving you. For more information on Valley Eyecare Center, please visit our website.

Home Eye Safety Month – How to Protect your Eyes from Home Hazards

Eye SafetyDid you know that home eye injuries are more common than injuries at school or work? From cleaning the house to mowing the lawn, an eye injury can be a daily occurrence if one doesn’t take the right safety precautions. Fortunately, there are things you can do to protect your eyes and reduce the risk of injuries when performing daily activities at home.

1. Eye Protection Gear

Wearing eye protection such as goggles is important in order to protect your eyes when doing tasks. They can prevent you from getting dust, chemicals and debris into your eyes.

2. Be Careful with Cleaning Products

When using cleaning products such as cleaning sprays, bleach and detergents, make sure to follow use instructions, avoid mixing chemicals, and always use them in well-ventilated areas. Being careless with cleaning and chemical products can cause eye irritation and, in some cases, even lead to more serious consequences.

3. Wash your Hands

Washing your hands is an important safety measure. It should be done after performing any house-related task, especially if you are going to be touching your face and eyes after. Touching your eyes with contaminated hands can lead to the spread of germs and could cause irritation.

4. Protect your Eyes when Cooking

Cooking at home is a great way to stay healthy. However, without taking any safety precautions, one could easily compromise their eye safety. Avoid getting hot oil splashed on you by shielding your eyes with protective eyewear or covering skillets with a lid. Also, to avoid irritation, wash your hands after touching different foods and rinse thoroughly if something gets inside your eye.

5. Yard Work and Home Repair Precautions

Whether you’re working indoors or outdoors, inspecting the area for dust and other particles can help maintain your eyes health. When using a lawn mower or a weed trimmer, use safety goggles or sunglasses to protect your eyes from grass and plant particles. The same safety measure applies to home repair tasks; always keep your eyes protected so that debris and loose materials don’t get in your eyes.

Unfortunately, not all home injuries can be prevented. However, taking eye safety measures can help decrease the chance of getting injuries that could lead to more serious problems. For more information on eye safety, visit our website.

Eye Condition: Don’t Wait for Symptoms to Appear

Eye ConditionYou faithfully schedule your annual physical even though you feel healthy so you can nip any health problems in the bud. Do you take the same care with your eyes? An eye condition can respond positively to early detection and treatment, but many present no symptoms until well into their development.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3.4 million Americans aged 40 and older are legally blind or visually impaired. Protect your vision by getting checked for these common eye conditions.


Glaucoma is a build-up of fluids in the eye where the resulting pressure damages the optic nerve. This eye condition is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Currently there is no cure for glaucoma, but early treatment such as prescription eyedrops or surgery can keep it controlled.


Cataracts result when the eye’s lens becomes stiff,  causing a cloudiness that makes it difficult to focus. This eye condition develops slowly and often occurs in older people. Early treatment can include glasses or magnifying lenses. Surgery is also used to replace the cloudy lens with an artificial one.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

AMD is a progressive deterioration of the macula, located in the center of the retina, which causes a reduction in visual detail. This eye condition may be “dry,” where deposits occur on the macula, or “wet,” where the growth of abnormal blood vessels causes leakage into the retina. While only about 10 percent of AMD cases are of the wet form, it accounts for the majority of severe vision loss caused by the disease.

Detached retina

Risk factors for a detached retina include severe nearsightedness, eye injury and family history. Regular eye exams can help prevent detachment by spotting retinal tearing or other changes.

Don’t take chances with your precious eyesight. Schedule an appointment today for a full eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center so we can address any questions or concerns you may have.

How to Limit the Spread of Pink Eye

Eye DoctorsConjunctivitis is an inflammation of the clear membranes that protect the whites of the eye. Eye doctors often refer to the condition by the colorful name of “pink eye” due to the redness it causes.

When caused by allergens such as dust or pollen, pink eye cannot be transmitted. However, the viral and bacterial forms are highly contagious. Use these tips to prevent passing the condition along to others.

Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes

Itchiness may reflexively cause you to rub your eyes, but contact with the drainage resulting from pink eye is what causes it to spread.

Wash your hands frequently

Use plenty of soap and warm water. If they’re not available, use liberal applications of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a minimum concentration of 60 percent.

Clean your eyes several times a day

Carefully wipe away the discharge with a clean washcloth, cotton ball or tissue. Make sure the washcloth is laundered before reuse.

Wash linens with hot water and detergent

Avoid sharing towels, pillowcases and other fabric items that may come into contact with your face.

Do not wear or share eye makeup

Applying makeup, even if it’s your own, can cause continual reinfection of your eyes. Dispose of all products and purchase new ones after the pink eye has cleared.

Stay out of swimming pools

The water can cause the infection to spread quickly, and the chlorine will further irritate your already sensitive eyes.

Do not wear contact lenses

Once the infection has passed, clean your contact lenses thoroughly before resuming use.

Keep children home from school

If you have kids who develop pink eye, they should stay home to avoid spreading it to their classmates. Most schools and day care facilities have a mandatory 24-hour waiting period after treatment begins before kids can return.

Our skilled eye doctors have extensive experience in effective treatment of pink eye and other conditions. Contact Valley Eyecare Center today to schedule an appointment.

Why are Eye Exams Important?

Eye ExamAn eye exam does more than simply test your visual clarity. Here are some important reasons why you and your family should make eye exams a regular annual activity.

Detect eye conditions

Do you assume that your eyes are fine if you have no redness, itching or blurred vision? Many common eye conditions don’t present symptoms until well into their development. The earlier a disorder such as glaucoma or cataracts is detected, the better the chances of successful treatment.

Help children learn better

Poor eyesight makes it difficult for kids to focus in and out of school. Widespread use of video games, computers and other devices creates additional strain on young eyes. According to the Vision Council of America, one in four children uses digital devices for more than three hours a day. Comprehensive eye exams prepare your kids to make the most of the upcoming school year.

Uncover general health problems

Eye health is closely entwined with overall health. Did you know that an eye exam can detect signs of diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure? Regular eye exams should be as much a part of your wellness program as annual physicals.

Monitor corrective needs

Even if you already have glasses or contact lenses, treatment doesn’t end there. Your eyes change as you age, meaning your prescription will need to be updated periodically. If you’ve been suffering from unexplained headaches or sore, itchy eyes, new corrective lenses could be the answer.

Why not plan your eye exam now while it’s fresh in your mind? Contact Valley Eyecare Center today to book your appointment.

Is Your Kid’s Eye Health Affecting Their Grades?

Kid's Eye HealthHave you seen your bright, hard-working child’s grades begin an unexplained slide? There is a good possibility that the cause has nothing to do with a change in work habits. Your kid’s eye health plays a significant role in successful classroom learning and homework completion.

How vision and learning are connected

While many people learn more easily through seeing rather than hearing, the concept is particularly true for kids. You might be surprised to learn that during your child’s first year of school, approximately 80 percent of the learning process occurs visually.

Impaired eyesight has a secondary effect that also impacts learning. Poor vision is linked to behavioral problems, which can result in reduced or non-existent concentration and focus.

Diagnosing vision problems

Children have a difficult time communicating about illness or other physical problems they are experiencing. Compounding the issue is the likelihood that your kid doesn’t have enough life experience to realize that there is a problem.

An optometrist can perform a thorough exam to evaluate all aspects of your kid’s eye health. Tests are conducted to determine visual acuity, eye muscle balance and other measures related to vision and overall wellness. Schedule eye exams annually to monitor changes that occur during the growing process.

What if your child needs glasses?

Wearing glasses will require a major adjustment for your child. Make the transition smoother by letting him or her be actively involved in the choice. Allow your kid some leeway in the style so the final selection will express his or her personality, making the wearing of glasses more fun and less of a burden.

Our knowledgeable and caring optometrists are as concerned about your kid’s eye health as you are. Book an appointment today at Valley Eyecare Center and have your child ready to make this the best school year yet.

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Tips To Protect Your Eyes During Monsoon Season

Eye Care TipsMonsoon season is a classic Arizona weather phenomenon that brings in rain, thunder and lightning—and dust storms that can be harmful to your eye health.

-In a climate that doesn’t get many storms, it’s a treat to get out and watch the monsoons roll in. But it is also important to keep a few eye care tips in mind before you head outside this season to avoid eye infections.

-If you get caught in a dust storm, get inside and rinse your eyes under the faucet. Debris in the eye can lead to various infections and can irritate the eye in general, so keep the eye area clean after you have been outside.

-Monsoon season can aggravate certain eye conditions, such as dry eyes, styes, conjunctivitis and corneal ulcers. Try to stay out of dusty, rainy conditions, and be sure to thoroughly rinse your eyes afterwards (and remove all makeup that may have collected debris throughout the day).

-Don’t drive in severe dust storms. Although this would not directly impact your eye health, your vision is impaired with dusty or extremely rainy conditions. If need be, pull over until the wall of dust has passed.

-If you do acquire a stye, apply a warm, damp cloth to the affected area until swelling and redness fade. Any other eye conditions—follow the eye care tips your specialist tells you

-Conjunctivitis is caused by a handful of conditions, including viral infections, allergies (which can become worse during monsoon season), and dry eyes due to wind and sun exposure. Medication cures this condition, so schedule an appointment with your eye care specialist as soon as possible.

Monsoon season makes for some awe-inspiring storms here in the Valley, but your eye health can be at risk out in the dust and debris in the air.

Follow these eye care tips this monsoon season so you can keep your eyes as healthy as possible. If you have more questions or would like to book an eye appointment with us at Valley Eyecare Center, give us a call at (602) 242-6888.

Eye Emergencies: When to Take Action

eye_healthWhen an eye emergency occurs and you are unsure how to proceed, it is important to know what immediate steps to take to protect your eye health.

Whether it is a vision-impairing eye emergency or a situation where debris has clouded the eyes, your eye specialists at Valley Eyecare Center have a few helpful tips for an eye problem that requires immediate action.

For a vision-impairing eye emergency or other problem that is causing extreme pain in the eye area (including direct eye trauma, such as a small object piercing the eye), seek medical help right away. Do not attempt to drive, and do not try to remove anything that may be lodged in the eye area, as this could cause more serious damage.

In a situation where you have debris in the eye, such as dirt or a chemical irritant that is not affecting your eyesight or inflicting pain to the eyes, try to flush it out with running water for at least 15 as soon as it happens.

If you encounter any sort of swelling or bruising, hold an ice pack to your eye area. It does not require immediate attention, but schedule an appointment with your eye care specialist in the next day or so to make sure there is no underlying damage.

For eye surface scratches, even seemingly minor ones, seek help right away. You could be at risk for extreme sensitivity to light, or susceptible to infection from fungus or bacteria.

If you experience sudden blindness or spotty vision in one or both eyes, it could point to a more serious underlying problem with your eye health, such as retina damage or a vitreous hemorrhage. In this case, you need to see an eye specialist immediately. The longer you wait to seek professional eye help, the worse the outcome may be.

Your eye health is important to us. Book an appointment with us today at Valley Eyecare Center if you have an issue that requires attention. Give us a call at (602) 242-6888.