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.

Protecting Your Eyes During Football Season

eye_safetyWith the kids heading back to school and joining sports teams, it’s important to keep eye safety in mind.

Football is notorious for all sorts of injuries, but eye injuries are extreme hindrances to daily activities—whether in the form of UV sun damage, flying dirt from the football field or direct trauma to the eye area.

Whether your child is at football practice after school or in the middle of a tournament, eye protection is always of the utmost importance. Here at Valley Eyecare Center, we have a few tips on how to keep the eyes safe during this sports season.

With all the running and kicking involved in football, it is easy to get dirt or other debris lodged in the eyes. There are goggles and protective eyewear available that are compatible with football helmets. That way, your child is safe this season from getting debris in the eyes that could impair his or her vision during a big game.

During practice, kids don’t often think about the UV exposure their eyes are receiving. Goggles equipped with UV shading or sunglasses worn under a helmet will help boost eye safety and protect the eyes from harmful UV rays during practice or a game.

A protective helmet that shields the eyes from a flying elbow, a kicking leg or a rogue pigskin is always a must when it comes to playing football. A blunt-force injury to the eye area can be detrimental to one’s vision, so it is crucial to wear proper gear during sports season this year.

If you have more questions about how to practice eye safety during football season or how you can help equip your kids with proper eye protection, book an appointment with us at Valley Eyecare Center today! Give us a call at (602) 955-2700.

How Often You Should Get an Eye Exam

eye_examsEye exams are crucial when it comes to maintaining your eye health. Regular checkups should occur every one to three years, depending on your eye health history and related risk factors.

Children who have no eye damage or are not at risk of eye issues should see their eye doctor at Valley Eyecare Center about every two years for a checkup. On the other hand, children who wear glasses or contact lenses should be scheduled for an annual eye exam.

Adults between the age of 18 and 60 should have eye exams every two years (and annually for anyone above the age of 60). Risk factors for eye problems include diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of macular degeneration and glaucoma. Anyone who is associated with any of these risks should schedule their eye checkups on a more frequent basis, or as recommended by your eye care professional at Valley Eyecare Center.

If you have had eye surgery in the past or if your job poses daily hazards to your eyesight, be sure to schedule your checkups more frequently.

We offer comprehensive eye checkups to test your vision and see if you have ocular allergies or diseases, and if you need corrective lenses to help boost your visual clarity.

It is important to book your appointments in a time frame that is appropriate for you and your children’s eye health status. If you run the risk of eye damage, book an annual appointment or a time when your eye doctor sees fit. Patients with no risks and no corrective lenses are safe to book eye exams about every two years, unless instructed otherwise.

Book your next eye exam with us at Valley Eyecare Center so we can help answer any questions you may have and ensure that your eyes are healthy.

Valley Eyecare Center is hiring – Work With Us!

eye_careWe have hired a new doctor and are in need of a few great people.
Must be compassionate. People with strong customer service skills and a desire to make our patients so happy that they can’t help but tell their friends how well they were treated. Must absolutely love working with people and be genuinely positive and enthusiastic. You must be willing to display a warm smile on command, realize you will always be on stage for our patients and be 100% committed to providing legendary, eventful and memorable customer service. Must have organizational and math skills and knowledge of Officemate is a plus.

Positions available:
Patient Care Coordinator:  Front Desk
Optician:  Sales
Optical Technician:  Pretesting, scribing, sales
Please send resume to: info@valleyeyecareaz.com

Summer Foods To Improve Your Vision

 

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We have all heard the phrase, “You are what you eat,” but it can also be true when it comes to eye health. Certain elements in our diet can help prevent eye damage and strengthen eye tissue. Here at Valley Eyecare Center, your eyes are our top priority. Here are a few summer foods that work to improve your vision.

Carrots

These are a classic when it comes to eye health. Carrots contain vitamin A, which is an essential nutrient for strong vision.

Kale and Spinach

Dark, leafy greens are rich in zeaxanthin and lutein, which reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Be sure to use olive oil when fixing your salads, as it is free of trans fats and helps prevent retina diseases. Broccoli, peas and avocados also contain these enriching ingredients.

Fish

Salmon is a particularly great food for your eye health, and it fits in great with your summer diet. Tuna, sardines and mackerel are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as DHA to protect your eyes against macular degeneration, dry eyes and cataracts.

Eggs

Like kale and spinach, eggs also contain lutein and zeaxanthin to help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, along with zinc. Egg yolks also contain vitamin A to promote eye function and health.

Citrus Fruits and Berries

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient when preventing macular degeneration and cataracts. Add half a grapefruit or a cup of strawberries to your daily diet. Papaya, green peppers and oranges are also great sources of this important antioxidant.

Seeds and Nuts

Almonds are particularly helpful in slowing macular degeneration with their vitamin E content. Add a handful of these to your diet each day, or sprinkle some sunflower seeds on your leafy-greens salad to really boost your eyesight.

Your summer diet can be delicious as well as nutritious for your eye health. Add these foods to your daily intake, and you’re on your way to healthy vision! Book an appointment with Valley Eyecare Center for a checkup or if you have questions about your eye health.

Eye Strain and the 20-20-20 Rule

eye_strainMany of us spend a lot of time in front of the computer each day—and it can really take a toll on your eyes. Eye strain is a common complaint in many workplaces—so it’s important to know how to prevent it and to utilize the 20-20-20 Rule.

The 20-20-20 Rule encourages you to move your gaze away from the computer screen every 20 minutes, for a duration of at least 20 seconds, and you should be looking at an object that is at least 20 feet away.

Following this simple rule will help you relieve your eyes of strain or tiredness, and you can also make other small adjustments to help prevent eye strain. Try adjusting your computer screen’s brightness and text size from time to time. An extremely bright screen will hurt your eyes and you could be squinting and straining to read if the text is too small or if the brightness setting is too dim.

It’s also key to stand up and move around every hour or so. That will help your eyes adjust to everything away from your computer screen. Staring for too long at your computer can also cause neck, back and shoulder pain—so it’s important to take breaks and move when you can.

If you follow the 20-20-20 Rule, you’ll alleviate stress and potential damage to your eyes. It’s easy to get too adjusted to our work on the screen, but here at Valley Eyecare Center, your eye health and safety are of utmost importance—so always remember to take care of your eyes so eye strain does not take hold.

Some eye strain symptoms to watch out for include decreased productivity, sore or red eyes, eye twitching and fatigue.

If you experience eye strain due to prolonged screen exposure, schedule an eye appointment with us at Valley Eyecare Center!

Do you suffer from Astigmatism?

Phoenix_OptometristAstigmatism is a condition of the lens, or the eye, where light rays cannot focus on the retina at a single point. It can become a serious vision impairment issue—and that’s why it is crucial to see your Phoenix optometrist after even the primary signs of an astigmatism.

If you suffer from astigmatism, it’s important to get it checked as soon as possible before symptoms worsen. It is common for this condition to appear at a young age, so make sure to schedule an eye exam for your children at Valley Eyecare Center as well.

Patients who suffer from astigmatism often have football-shaped corneas rather than rounded as they should be. This creates a problem, as light rays focus either behind or in front of the retina. Astigmatism is a visual disorder that is normally characterized by blurred vision, and if left uncorrected for a prolonged time period, headaches and eyestrain can occur. These symptoms are particularly noticeable after activities like reading or staring at a computer screen. Patients who suffer from astigmatism often squint frequently, as they are dealing with blurred vision and are straining the eyes too see properly.

Your Phoenix optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center will be able to diagnose and help correct your astigmatism so you can see clearly and get rid of painful headaches and eye strains you may be experiencing due to this frustrating condition.

Our optometrists can use various instruments and conduct different tests to see if you are suffering from astigmatism. Astigmatism can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery—so your Phoenix optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center can determine what level of treatment you will need to achieve clear vision again.

Make an appointment today with us at Valley Eyecare Center to get rid of astigmatism before it worsens.

5 Ways to Protect Your Child’s Eyes

Childrens_Eye_CareEye health should never be taken for granted, no matter what age. Teaching your kids the right way to care for their eyes instills habits that will stay with them into adulthood. Use these children’s eye care tips to protect their vision from the start.

Select toys carefully

Make sure your child has age-appropriate toys without sharp edges or projections that could injure his/her eyes. Include toys that encourage visual development. Chalkboards, coloring books and crayons, jigsaw puzzles, Legos, construction sets and building blocks are all good choices that will help to build visual skills while supporting children’s eye care.

Use protection in sunlight

When your child is outdoors, he should be wearing sunglasses with UV-coated lenses or a wide-brimmed hat to protect his eyes from dangerous rays. This is particularly important for kids with light-colored eyes that are extra-sensitive to the sun. Make it fun by choosing a style of kids’ sunglasses with bright colors or a popular TV or movie character. And what kid doesn’t like wearing baseball caps?

Child-proof your home

Household accidents are one of the most common causes of eye injuries in children. Use safety gates at the top and bottom of staircases and make sure the surface of the steps is non-slip. Place cushions on sharp corners and edges of furniture and fixtures. Store paints, fertilizers, household cleaners and other chemical-based products in a secured area. Install cabinet and drawer locks to keep cosmetics, kitchen utensils and other objects out of reach.

Provide a healthy diet

Plan meals with a variety of foods rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids and lutein, all of which have been linked to good eye health. Carrots, salmon, tuna, citrus fruits, berries, nuts and sunflower seeds are some of the foods that are sources of these nutrients as well as antioxidants that protect against cell damage.

Schedule regular eye exams

Many eye issues can be successfully treated when they’re detected early enough. Your optometrist can also advise you on children’s eye care news and tips. Take your child in immediately if you see signs such as crossed eyes or cloudiness in the pupil.

Your child’s eyes are meant to last a lifetime. Contact Valley EyeCare Center to start a lifetime program of proper eye care.

 

Prevent Eye Injury This Summer

Eye_InjurySummers are filled with opportunities for lasting memories—but you don’t want a trip to the emergency room to be one of them. This summer, it’s important that you take extra precautions to prevent an eye injury, as July is National Prevention of Eye Injury Awareness Month.

While swimming, be wary of pool toys like torpedoes that could seriously damage an eye if precautionary steps aren’t taken. Be sure the kids wear goggles when swimming underwater to also protect their eyes from hazardous pool chemicals.

July will bring plenty of fireworks displays—but even an evening of hot dogs, music and celebratory fireworks can end in disaster. Never stand too close to a lit firework, keep glass out of the way, and consider wearing protective eye goggles for the more power-packed fireworks.

Wear effective sunglasses to prevent burned corneas or damaged eyesight.
Summer is also a time for home projects. Be sure to wear proper protective eyewear to avoid flying debris like wood chips, nails, etc.
Summer sports, especially with kids, can be hazardous to the eyes. Prevent a serious eye injury by wearing protective gear in sports like softball, baseball or even activities like paintball.

Bugs are especially prevalent during summer’s many outdoor activities. Be careful not to spray bug spray near or into the eyes. The same goes for sunscreen—any sort of chemical in the eyes is never a good thing.

Anything from pool toys and chemicals to fireworks and bug spray could end in a painful or costly eye injury. Be sure to take the extra steps this summer to avoid a trip to the emergency room during National Prevention of Eye Injury Awareness Month!

If you do experience an eye injury that cannot be flushed out with water, contact Valley Eyecare Center for all your eye care needs.

ACUVUE® MOIST MULTIFOCAL Contact Lens

Contact_LensAt Valley Eyecare Center we pride ourselves in offering the most comprehensive eye health care and utilization of the newest medical technologies. In addition, we fit and dispense contact lenses of numerous variations; soft, hard, RGP, Ortho-K, or specialty lenses.

As you age the eye has unique vision and comfort needs that will change. We are here to provide the highest quality products to ensure you achieve the best vision possible at any stage in life.

Although your vision will change over time, your overall experience with contact lenses doesn’t have to. We are pleased to introduce the 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST MULTIFOCAL (30 Lenses per pack) to our list of products. These Eye-Inspire™ Design contact lenses provide a superior vision experience along with all-day comfort.

Valley Eyecare Center is one of 300 in the nation that has this product. Schedule an appointment today and we’ll find out if this exciting new product is right for you.

For important safety information on ACUVUE® MOIST MULTIFOCAL click here.

Written by Marissa Lyons.