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, 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, 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 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.


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.


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.

How To Handle Common Eye Injuries

Eye InjuriesEye injuries can take a great toll on your everyday life—especially when you have no clue of how to handle them. Common eye injuries can include irritation of the outer surface of the eye due to contact with heat or chemicals, as well as corneal scratches and lacerations. Fortunately, eye injury can be prevented. Learn how to handle the most common eye injuries.

Corneal Scratches

These scratches are very uncomfortable and can cause eye redness and sensitivity. Common causes of corneal abrasions are scratches and lacerations caused by foreign bodies such as sand and dust.

Scratches can lead to infections so it is important to not rub or patch your eye. The best way to handle this type of injury is to maintain your eye closed and see your eye doctor as soon as possible.

Chemical Injuries

Exposure to chemicals and fumes can result in serious eye injuries. The most common way to get injured is by transferring chemical substances from your hands to your eyes. However, people need to be careful with fumes, especially in high concentration.

Flushing out your eyeballs with water usually does the trick when it comes to simple irritation, but it may not be the best idea when it comes to serious chemical eye injury. If your vision is blurry and your eyes are extremely red, it is imperative to see your eye doctor immediately. Some chemical substances can lead to serious damage to the eyes and even blindness.

Trauma and Swelling

Getting hit in the eye area can result in swelling, bruising and pain.

If you have a black eye, keeping an ice pack over the affected area for 15 minutes twice a day is the best initial treatment. However, an eye doctor needs to examine the injury and ensure there is no internal damage and your eye doesn’t need further care.

Foreign Objects

Whether they are sharp or blunt, lacerations and foreign objects in the eye can lead to serious ocular injuries—especially when rubbing the affected area or attempting to remove them.

Avoid touching the area and call your eye doctor immediately. Foreign objects need to be removed as soon as possible as they can provoke eye infections and scarring that can lead to more serious issues.

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Good foods for Healthy Eyes

Eye HealthDid you know that certain nutrients can help our eyes work properly and keep health issues at bay? Carrots are commonly known to benefit eye health due to their beta-carotene content. However, there are many other nutrients that can also benefit your eyesight. Boost your nutrient intake by adding the following foods to your diet.

Kale and Spinach

These leafy greens are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin which protect the cells of the macula—the most sensitive region of the retina—from sunlight, smoke and pollution damage.


This fruit has high amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, as well as vitamin C which helps minimize the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are rich in both vitamin C and E which work together to maintain tissue strong and protect our eyes from health issues.


Zinc helps keep the retina of your eye healthy and working properly. Turkey is good a source of this mineral as each 100g contains about 3.00mg of zinc.

Oysters and Crab

Oysters and crab meat are both high in zinc which is beneficial to eye health. The amount of zinc in oysters vary, however, one serving of 100g provides about 75mg of zinc.


Salmon has a high content of omega-3 fatty acids. These protect your eyes by fighting inflammation, helping retinal function, improving visual development and protecting against dry eye.

Carrots, Pumpkin, Sweet Potatoes and Butternut Squash

These orange-colored foods are high on beta-carotene. This form of vitamin A is an essential nutrient for promoting eye health. The body naturally converts beta-carotene into retinol which allows you to see clearly even in low light.

For more information on eye health and how to eat right for your sight, schedule an appointment with Valley Eyecare Center.

How to Care for Your Contact Lenses

Contact LensesContact lenses are a great alternative to glasses to correct vision issues. Besides being almost unnoticeable to the naked eye, technology has also improved their comfort and safety. However, the improper care of contact lenses has led to about one million eye infections yearly in the US. If you are on a contact lens prescription, follow these tips to properly care for them and avoid eye injuries.


Contact lens hygiene is the most effective way to avoid eye infections. Ensure hands are clean before touching the eye area and that contacts are cleaned daily only with products recommended by an eye doctor.

Always use fresh contact lens cleaning solution. Debris and bacteria from your lenses come off into the contact lens solution and reusing it can easily lead to eye infections.

Don’t Wear Them While You Sleep

When one is asleep and their eyes are closed, the cornea receives less oxygen and lubrication than it would with open eyes. By sleeping with contact lenses you further limit the already decreased oxygen transmission which can lead to corneal tears and infections.

Minimize Contact With Water

Water doesn’t have sterilizing properties so it doesn’t remove microorganisms that can affect eye health. Also, because water doesn’t have the same salt content as cleaning solution, it gets absorbed and swells contact lenses. This changes how the contacts fit which lead to microscopic breaks on your cornea.

Replace Them When Required

There is no secret on knowing when to replace your contacts. If you bought daily disposable contact lenses, then they should be replaced daily. If your prescription lasts three months, then they must be replaced in three months. Always call your doctor if you are unsure about how often you should be replacing contacts.

Avoid eye injuries and infections by properly caring for your contact lenses. If you are interested in trying contacts for the first time, schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists.

Halloween Eye Safety


Eye CareWith the many Halloween festivities, people enjoy going above and beyond when putting together their costume. What they don’t know is that many costume accessories such as decorative contact lenses and store-bought make up, can lead to eye irritation or injuries. Halloween is just around the corner! Keep your eyes safe by following these eye care tips to avoid any injuries.

Avoid Sharp Props

Everyone knows that sharp objects need to be handled with care. Swords, knives and other pointed costume accessories can easily lead to eye injuries. Opt for safety and choose props that are rounded, flexible and soft when accessorizing.

Do not use Decorative Contact Lenses

Every year people get injured from wearing decorative contact lenses on Halloween. Because they haven’t been prescribed by an ophthalmologist, these lenses can be damaged, expired or made with unsafe dyes. Using decoration contacts can cause conditions such as irritation, abrasions, blurred vision, fungal infections, or worse, lead to permanent vision loss.

If your mind is set on wearing colored contact lenses, call your ophthalmologist and get prescribed contacts that are safe and fit properly.

Be Cautious with Makeup and Paint

Some costumes require elaborate makeup or paint to complete the look. However, some makeups and paints can cause serious harm to the eyes. It is important to always ensure the makeup you choose is hypoallergenic, not expired and contains coloring approved by the FDA. Furthermore, avoid applying it near your eyes and always remove it completely before going to sleep.

Halloween costumes don’t have to lead to eye injuries. For more information about eye care safety, call 602-242-6888 or visit our website to schedule an appointment with one of our eye care specialists.

Tricks to Prevent and Manage Fall Allergies


Ocular AllergiesFall is in the air—and so are eye allergies. Environmental allergies can last throughout the entire season and are usually triggered by pollen, grass and weeds. In Arizona, with the rise of humidity and frequent storms, dust and mold are also common causes for seasonal eye allergies. Symptoms can include itching, burning, watering and redness, and could be accompanied by common nasal allergy symptoms. Don’t let irritated eyes take over the season, prevent and manage ocular allergies by following these tricks.


  • Glasses: Pollen deposited in the air is one of the main causes of eye allergies. Therefore, wearing glasses and sunglasses outdoors can help keep the allergen out of your eyes.
  • Wash your Hands: It’s no secret that washing hands is a great way to stop the spread of bacteria and allergens. It is important to do so after touching animals, being outdoors and being around dust.
  • Avoid Opening Windows: With the humidity rising, leaving windows open can do more than simply bring allergens indoors—it can increase the risk of mold and mildew. The use of air conditioning and dehumidifiers can also help reduce air humidity.
  • Cleaning: Cleaning indoor areas and removing dust will minimize the growth of mold and prevent ocular allergies caused by dust and dirt.


  • Artificial Tears: These can temporarily wash off allergens and moisten dry and irritated eyes. Eye drops can be used as often as needed to soothe and provide comfort to the eyes.
  • Decongestant Eye Drops: They help reduce redness associated with ocular allergies by narrowing the eyes’ blood vessels. These can be bought over the counter, however, they aren’t for long-term use and it is recommended to always ask your doctor before using them.

If you are currently suffering from ocular allergies or would like more information about how you can prevent and manage seasonal allergies, call 602-242-6888 or visit our website.

Use Your Benefits Before They Expire

Eye ExamHealth care has become financially challenging for many people, which is why medical and vision benefits are very important. Whether you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), an insurance program or another eye care plan, your benefits should be used before the end of their term—and some have a December 31, 2015 deadline.

At Valley Eyecare Center, we believe it is important for our patients to not allow their 2015 eye care benefits slip away. Since we recommend patients to get an eye exam every one to three years, they should be aware of their plan’s deadlines. We encourage patients to talk with the plan administrator in order to determine specific benefit requirements before they expire.

Furthermore, it’s imperative for patients to know that aside from eye examinations; contact lenses, eyeglasses, and prescription sunglasses may also qualify for coverage or reimbursement.

For any further questions or to schedule an eye exam, call 602-955-2700 or visit our website. Don’t let the year-end rush keep you from using your benefits. Contact us now!

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.