4 Remedies for a Stye

Eye DoctorStyes are pimple-like red bumps commonly caused by dead skin, dirt, or oil buildup clogging sebaceous glands outside or inside the edge of your eyelids. Styes are painful but usually go away on their own after about seven to ten days. They are not severe, however, our eye doctors at Valley Eyecare Center recommend the following  four remedies to help subdue styes and avoid any scarring related to this condition.

Remedies for Styes:

  • Heat Compress: Use a warm washcloth and place it on top of your eyelid—for at least 10 minutes each time. Keep rinsing the washcloth with hot water for continuous relief. Then gently massage the eyelid. Make sure to do this a few times a day for optimal results.
  • Time: It is often said that time is the best remedy, and while it does not apply to every condition, it does apply to treating styes. Leaving the stye alone without trying to pop it or squeeze it can be the best way to go about the situation. By squeezing, you run the risk of spreading the infection.
  • Teabag Compress: Instead of simply using a heat compress, you can expedite the process of healing by using green teabags. Green tea is a great addition to the hot water compress as it reduces swelling and has antibacterial properties. Place the teabag compress over your stye for over 10 minutes a few times every day, until the stye is treated.
  • No Makeup: Keeping makeup away from your stye is very important to avoid further irritation and delay the recovery process. Our eye doctors at Valley Eyecare Center also recommend that you throw away any old makeup as it can be a breeding ground for bacteria and lead to future styes and other eye conditions.

For more information about styes or to schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors, visit our website.

Dry Eye Syndrome and Treatments

Dry Eyes Did you know that with the cold season in full swing, dry eyes can become more severe? The excessive burning, redness and discomfort can cause your eyes to be more tired, sensitive, and constantly irritated. Also, people with dry eyes tend to constantly rub their eyes, which can lead to bacterial eye infections. Making sure that you take all the precautions necessary can help prevent this condition from getting worse. Keep reading to learn out how to alleviate your dry eyes.

What Is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eyes are extremely common in the average human, with over 6% of the world’s population suffering from this condition. Dry Eye can either reduce your ability to produce copious amounts of tears or make your tears evaporate too quickly—causing eye discomfort and even pain.

How to Control Dry Eyes

Eye drops: Using tear/eye drops, usually referred to as “fake tears,” will almost completely resolve your dream dry eye syndrome. Adding a couple of drops to each eye will ensure hydration for at least a few hours.

Vitamins: By taking Omega-3 supplements, typically in fish oil pills, you are likely to diminish a lot of the uncomfortable and painful symptoms that come with having dry eyes.  Fish oil, which is in a group of substances known as Omega-3 Fatty Acids, works in your body in a few different ways. Firstly, these fatty acids help reduce inflammation in the body that can contribute to dry eye syndrome. Secondly, they have been shown to boost tear production.

Keep your eyes clean: Make sure to conduct a cleaning routine to your eyelids each morning. Dry eyes cause a bit of discharge, which results in crusty eyelids when waking up. Use a lukewarm washcloth to keep your eyelids clean.

For more information about dry eyes or to schedule an eye exam, contact Valley Eyecare Center today.

Is it Pink Eye?

Eye ExamConjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is an inflammation of the clear membranes that protect the whites of the eye. When pink eye is caused by allergens such as dust or pollen it cannot be transmitted, but when caused by a virus or bacteria, the condition is highly contagious. Unlike other eye diseases, conjunctivitis, can be self diagnosed. However, at Valley Eyecare Center we encourage you to schedule an eye exam to get the right treatment as it differs depending on its cause. Keep reading to learn the cases, symptoms and treatments for pink eye.

Causes

Pink eye is caused by viruses and bacteria that are transported from the hands to eyes. It is not a severe disease, but it lasts over 2 weeks with plenty of discomfort. If caused by a virus or bacteria, it can spread very fast from person to person, by contact.

Symptoms

Symptoms roughly include redness in the white of the eye, excessive tearing up, yellow, green, or white discharge, itching or burning of the eyes, as well as blurred or sensitive vision. Having any of these symptoms, you may want to contact your eye doctor for proper evaluation.

Treatments

Treatments vary regarding what caused the conjunctivitis. If the case was bacteria, it should be treated with antibiotics (either eye drops, ointments, or pills), prescribed by your eye doctor. If the cause of your pink eye were viruses, time is the best remedy. Your conjunctivitis needs to run its course and it will fully go away in about a week. This form of pink eye is quite contagious through simple physical contact. It is recommended to throw away makeup or contact lenses applied while you had pink eye to avoid future implications. If your conjunctivitis was caused by irritants, you can simply use water to flush out the substance for about 5 minutes. Within a few hours, you should see improvement. If the pink eye was caused by some sort of bleach, rinse with water constantly and call your eye doctor right away.

For more information about pink eye or to schedule an eye exam, contact Valley Eyecare Center.

Eye Health Checklist for 2016

Eye HealthWhat’s on your health checklist? Maintain or achieve a healthy weight? Keep cholesterol and blood pressure under control?. Many people tend to worry about their overall health and give little to no attention to their eye health. However, taking care of your sight is more important than you may think. Your eyes benefit from good care as much as the rest of your body does. Follow these tips to keep your eyes and your vision in top shape.

Have a Comprehensive Eye Exam Once a Year

Eye problems are often not readily evident and you may not even realize that your vision has diminished until it’s checked by an optometrist. At Valley Eyecare Center we encourage you to schedule a comprehensive eye exam once a year to ensure your eyes are working properly and to check for any signs of disease or damage.

Protect Your Eyes From the Sun

The sun radiates UV rays that are not very safe for our bodies. Your eyes are very sensitive, so when going out, it is crucial that you protect your eyes with sunglasses to prevent any implications to your eye health. By doing this, you are already reducing the risk of getting cataracts and becoming blind faster.

Establish a Healthier Diet

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. Eat plenty of nutrient rich foods to maintain and improve your eye health.

Home Eye Safety

Did 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. Be careful with cleaning products and wear protective eyewear when needed.

Quit Smoking

If you don’t smoke, don’t start. Research has shown that smoking increases your risk of macular degeneration, optic nerve damage and cataracts, conditions that can each lead to blindness.

For more information about eye health or to schedule an appointment, visit our website.

Diabetes and Eye Health

Eye CareDiabetes can result in eye health complications, so knowing ways to care for your eyes can help you through the struggle. Diabetic eye disease comprises a group of eye conditions that affect people with diabetes. These conditions include cataracts, glaucoma, and non-proliferative and proliferative retinopathy. Keep reading to understand the different types of eye complications and find out how to maintain eye care, and how to prevent major problems.

 

Cataracts

Although not always occurring due to diabetes, cataracts can be difficult to avoid while being diabetic. In fact, many people who are diabetic develop cataracts at a very young age and the issue only escalates from that point. To treat this, the option to have surgery is most definitely available, however, you can prevent cataracts from worsening by protecting your eyes from the sun as much as possible.

Glaucoma

Much like developing cataracts, people with diabetes have a risk of having Glaucoma—the older they get, the bigger the risk. Due to Glaucoma, vision progressively weakens as damage is caused to the retina and nerves in the eye. Treatments for this eye health condition range from prescription medicine to surgery.

Non-proliferative and Proliferative Retinopathy

Directly caused by diabetes, non-proliferative retinopathy causes a build-up of blood in the capillaries of the eye clogging up blood vessels. In proliferative retinopathy, the blood vessels, being severely blocked off, eventually close up completely. However, new vessels grow in place of the fallen vessels, but are not as reliable. There are a plethora of options in regards to treatment of retinopathy such as photocoagulation and vitrectomy, which could prevent any further eye complications.

For more information about diabetes and eye health or to schedule an appointment with us, contact either of our locations or visit our website. Our staff at Valley Eyecare Center will be happy to answer all your questions and help you get the right treatment.

Eyecare Center for Phoenix Families

Eyecare CenterMaintaining healthy eyes requires regular vision and eye health exams. However, finding an eye care provider that is right for you and your family can be challenging. If you are looking for an eyecare center with Optometrists that are experienced in all areas of vision care, keep reading to find out what our friendly staff at Valley Eyecare Center can offer you.

  • Comprehensive Eye Exams – During a comprehensive eye exam, our Optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center can determine what prescription you need for glasses or contact lenses, check for common eye diseases, and ensure that your eyesight is in good shape and that your eyes are working as they should.
  • Management of Glaucoma – Although incurable, we can help you manage Glaucoma by offering surgery, pills, and eye drops. The goal of any treatment is to prevent loss of vision, as vision loss from glaucoma is irreversible. If detected early, there is a high chance that loss of vision would not happen.
  • Ocular Allergies – Some people with ocular allergies suffer from itchiness, and although some do not, it is the main cause of discomfort. Others can experience a stinging sensation and sleepiness that causes the rubbing of eyes. Symptoms also involve swelling of the lid, sensitivity to light, heavy sensation on the lids, redness, etc.
  • Age Related Macular Degeneration – Although no cure is yet available, age related macular degeneration treatments can aid in the prevention of vision loss or subdue the advancement of the disease.
  • Eyeglass Guide – Eyeglass Guide will help you better comprehend the many lens choices we have for you. This tool will take you through a survey of questions about you, your lifestyle and your specific eyeglass needs. Once you have reached the end, you will receive eyewear suggestions specifically tailored to meet your requirements.

We look forward to serving you at Valley Eyecare Center. For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our Optometrists, visit our website.

Keeping Your Vision Safe During the Holidays

Eye HealthWhen you are worried about buying presents, cooking meals and spending time with family, friends and loved ones, eye safety may not be your top priority. This Holiday Season, we want to raise awareness of potential hazards that could compromise your eye health and ruin your festivities. Follow these tips on how to protect your eyes and ensure your vision is safe during the Holidays.

Be Cautious When Cooking

With having to worry about making enough food to satisfy your guests, being around the stove for long periods of time will be inevitable. When cooking, be careful while handling boiling pots and hot surfaces. These potential hazards could easily cause vision loss as they pose a threat in burning your eye or areas surrounding.

Be Careful When Opening Bottles of Sparkling Beverages

Holiday parties and celebrations usually involve popping bottles of champagne or other sparkling drinks. Eye safety is first and foremost when handling champagne bottles. As you are about to open the bottle, holding down the cork, while removing the wire around it, can reduce many potential risks already. This way, the cork doesn’t shoot up onto your eyeball.

Be Cautious in Partaking in Physical Activities

Without fun and games with your friends and family, the holidays wouldn’t be the same. Making sure that you keep eye safety in mind as you play sports is important. Equip the correct safety eyewear while you play. In a colder climate, as the snow and wind can potentially dry out your eyes, invest in snow gear to protect your vision.

Buy Child-Proof Gifts

Paying mind to what you gift to children this holiday season is extremely important as some toys may pose potentially dangerous threats. Small children do not know any better, so if anything is the least bit sharp or pointy, it can be hazardous. Ensure that there is proper supervision as your children play with these types of toys, so they can play without the risk of poking an eye out.

For more information about eye health or to schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists, visit our website.

Tips for New Contact Lens Wearers

ContactsMany people are new to contact lenses and have practical questions about contacts such as how to put them on and how to get over the fear of wearing them. If you just got a new prescription for contacts, these tips can help you deal with everyday concerns.

How Contacts Can Be of Benefit

Contact lenses have been a lot more simple to use in place of glasses. Eye glasses tend to be very difficult to keep in mint condition. Contacts, on the contrary, don’t scratch or fall out very easily. Most importantly, if you are the kind of person who cares about physical appearance, then contacts look as if they aren’t even present.

How to Get Over Your Fear of Wearing Contacts

Practice dabbing your finger, gently, on your eye to get used to the feeling. Once you have the gist of how the finger feels inside the eye, you can move on to actually trying to apply contacts. This takes a few days of practice and it is absolutely vital that you keep your hands sanitized and clean prior to touching your eyes. Another great tactic is to avoid looking straight at the finger coming in contact with your eye. That way, you aren’t intimidated by it.

How to Get Started With Contacts

After getting accommodated with the idea of contact lenses, it may be in your best interest to contact your eye doctor for suggestions. Once you have the lenses, keeping them in healthy condition is crucial in order to prevent infections or bacteria build-up. Using only contact lens cleaning solution after every use, you can keep your contacts clean and safe for future use.

What to Avoid When Using Contacts

While  you are using contact lenses, be careful not to rub your eyes or scratch them, as it can not only damage the lenses, but your eyes as well. If your contacts were to be dropped, make sure that they do not come in contact with your eyes unless they have been disinfected with contact lens cleaning solution. When not in use, keep them in a sanitized contact lens case, and never leave them laying around.

For more information about contacts or to schedule an eye exam, call 602-242-6888 or visit our website.

Color Deficiency

Eye ConditionsAt some point in your life you may have met someone who couldn’t identify colors, and perhaps wondered about how it affected their life and eye health. Color blindness or color deficiency is a common eye condition, however many people still don’t know much about it. The following is what you need to know about color deficiency.

What Is Color Deficiency?

Color vision is possible due to three parts in your eyes called cones. The green, red, and blue cones live on the retina and are responsible for sensing the level of color that makes up an image. When one or more of these cone sets are absent or damaged, color vision deficiency occur and the eyes can’t recognize particular shades of color. The most common type an optometrist diagnoses is red-green colorblindness, where the patient has a difficult time detecting the difference between these shades, either seeing all those shades as the same basic color, or seeing them in variations of grey.

Types of Color Deficiency

Patients with color vision deficiency usually have issues specifically with the previously mentioned red-green shades, or with blue-yellow combinations. The following are types of  color deficiency.

Dichromacy: People who suffer from dichromatic impaired vision, have simply two cones that can perceive color, as the other cone has no function.

Monochromasy: With monochromasy, you cannot see any color whatsoever. What the eyes perceive is merely different shades of gray or black and white.

Anomalous Trichromacy: People who have anomalous trichromacy have all three cones functioning. However, one cone’s light perception may be slightly less aligned than the other cones.

Achromatopsia: Contrary to popular belief, people who are colorblind are generally not seeing their entire world in shades of grey or in black and white. While this extreme eye condition, called achromatopsia, does exist, it is fairly uncommon.

Who Is Prone to Color Deficiency

Males have a higher risk of eye color deficiency than females. Research shows that the X chromosome (dominant chromosome in males) is where the biological code for most common variation of color-blindness is stored. Women who have a color deficiency are more likely to have an eye health issue that affected their color perception than to have been born with the condition.

While there is no cure for color vision issues, your optometrist should still be notified immediately if you notice signs of color vision problems. For more information about eye conditions or to schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists, call 602-955-2700 or 602 242-6888, or click  here.

Why Is My Vision Blurry?

Eye ExamBlurry vision is the loss of sharpness of eyesight and can be caused by a few different factors. The most common causes are reflective errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. However, blurred vision can be a symptom to health conditions that are much more threatening to your sight. Find out which are the most common causes of blurred vision and if you are in need of an eye exam.

Myopia

Myopia, also known as Nearsightedness, is a refractive error that can cause blurry vision in one or both eyes. This condition can also lead to squinting, headaches and eye strains. During an eye exam, an eye doctor can tell you what methods might improve your condition.

Hyperopia

Hyperopia, also known as Farsightedness, is a condition in which objects from far away are clear opposed to objects close-up which become blurry. This eye condition can be managed with prescription glasses or contacts.

Astigmatism

Astigmatism happens when the cornea has an odd shape and light rays don’t come through a single focal point leading to unclear vision. Similarly to Hyperopia and Myopia, Astigmatism can be corrected with prescription glasses, contacts or surgery.

Dry Eyes

Symptoms of dry eyes can include blurred vision. Artificial tears can help but it is important to see your eye doctor in case your condition requires further care.

Cataracts

Symptoms for cataracts include cloudy vision and may be mistaken for a more simple vision issue. This condition can develop as one ages , if eye lens tissue is injured or due to genetic disorders. See your eye doctor as soon as possible to get the proper treatments for this condition.

Pregnancy

Due to hormonal changes in the body, the shape and thickness of the cornea can change, leading to blurred vision. Your eye doctor can give you an accurate diagnosis and treatments to the condition during a comprehensive eye exam.

 

At Valley Eyecare Center, we can determine the cause of your blurry vision with a comprehensive eye exam. Call 602-242-6888 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.