Hard Contact Lenses vs. Soft Contact Lenses

Contact_LensesNowadays, there are many different types of contact lenses that can help improve your vision. However, for many lens wearers, knowing which contacts are the perfect match for their eyes can be tricky. If you, like many others, are considering getting contact lenses to correct your vision, this guide will help you determine whether hard contacts or soft contacts are best for you.

Hard Contact Lenses

Hard contact lenses are relatively inflexible, maintaining their shape when they are in use. These types of lenses help reduce the effect of nearsightedness in young and adult lens wearers. If some of your concerns are worsening vision and eye infections, hard contact lenses may be the right fit for you. Keep in mind that while these are durable and give you clear, crisp vision, they also can easily become dislodged from the center of your eye and can get scratched. Since hard contact lenses are not disposable like soft contact lenses, extra care care is needed.

Soft Contact Lenses

Because they are more flexible and form to the shape of your eye, soft contact lenses are initially more comfortable than hard contacts. While both hard and soft contact lenses allow oxygen into your eye, some people prefer one’s breathability over the other. Some soft lenses, like Acuvue, are disposable, allowing the wearer to use them for a short period of time and then throw them away. Customized for different vision problems, these lenses are a convenient option for those with allergies or sensitive eyes.

If you’re a current wearer, or if you’ve been considering getting contact lenses to correct your vision, it’s important that you know all of your options. To learn more about hard and soft contact lenses or to book an appointment at Valley Eyecare Center, call us at (602) 955-2700, or contact us on our website.

What Is Astigmatism?

Eye ExamAlthough there are many issues that can cause vision impairment, one of the most common ocular problems is astigmatism. If the cornea of the eye is misshapen, a person is said to have astigmatism because light is prevented from properly entering the retina, causing blurred vision at every angle. Learn more about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options for astigmatism that you may want to take into consideration before your next eye exam.


Catching symptoms of astigmatism can be tricky, as these can be associated with other eye health issues, making it important to get an eye exam. Aside from blurred vision, symptoms may include fatigue or headaches, both of which can be caused by cloudy eyesight. If you notice a change in your eyesight, make sure to visit your optometrist as soon as possible to get checked for astigmatism.


Optometrists can discover astigmatism through a comprehensive eye exam. Doctors test the eyes for visual acuity, curvature of the cornea and how the eyes focus light. Depending on the results of these tests, the patient may receive a diagnosis for astigmatism and decide on a method of treatment.


There are three popular forms of treatment for astigmatism, all of which are proven to work incredibly well and restore eyesight to its proper state.

  • Eyeglasses: This is the most common form of treatment, as there is little to no upkeep and are easily removable. The glasses made for this condition use a cylindrical lens prescription that works to counteract the astigmatism.
  • Contact Lenses: Patients usually find contacts to work better in terms of overall vision enhancement because the lens covers the entire eye, providing a clearer, wider field of view. We recommend the brand Acuvue, which has a lens created specifically for eyes with astigmatism.
  • LASIK Eye Surgery: This option is a bit more extreme since the tissue causing the curvature around the eye is removed with a laser, but patients have seen excellent, long-lasting results from this surgery. However, we urge you to do research and find an experienced surgeon before booking this procedure.


To learn more about astigmatism or to book an eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 242-6888 or visit our website.


Why We Love Acuvue and So Should You

Contact LensesVision problems can make everyday life difficult. Luckily, Acuvue contact lenses can give you the freedom to complete your daily routine with no disruptions due to vision impairment. Whether you struggle with astigmatism or presbyopia, Acuvue offers a variety of contact lenses that target different issues. If you are looking for new contacts, this quick overview will help you decide if Acuvue is right for you.


No matter if you are nearsighted or farsighted, have chronically dry eyes, an astigmatism, or even presbyopia, there is a pair of Acuvue contacts for you. For near or farsightedness, eight different types of lenses are offered, ranging from those that must be replaced every day to those that are replaced every two weeks. They can also be specialized for extra hydration if you suffer from dry eyes. Those with astigmatism—blurry vision at all distances—also have the option of daily or two-week pairs. Patients with presbyopia—difficulty focusing on near objects or smaller print, starting at around age 40—have the ability to wear either one day or two week multifocal lenses! No matter the vision problems you have or may develop over time, Acuvue has got you covered.


While you may be intimidated by wearing or putting in contact lenses, once you get the hang of it, the process of taking them in and out will simply become a part of your daily routine. By wearing Acuvue contacts, you have the ability not only to ease through your regular day but also to take part in activities that glasses may have stopped you from taking part in, such as getting into the pool or playing sports. These contact lenses relinquish your freedom to live the life you want with no vision limitations!

For more information about Acuvue contact lenses, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists, call (602) 242-6888 or visit our website.



Myths About Contact Lenses, Debunked

Contact LensesContact lenses are perhaps the most convenient way to go about your everyday life without pesky vision problems getting in the way. Unfortunately, many people still hold a negative view toward contacts and some are even afraid of trying them. For that reason, our optometrists decided to compile the following list of myths and misconceptions about these innovative vision correctors. Keep reading to find out the truth about contacts.

Myth: They are uncomfortable

Let’s start with the most popular myth: discomfort. The evolution of contact lenses has come a long way, and comfort is the number-one priority when it comes to those who wear them. Contact lenses are now thinner, flexible, and more comfortable than ever—especially for those who suffer from issues such as astigmatism or extreme dryness.

Myth: The upkeep is a hassle

This is most certainly not true. Contact lenses are extremely easy to take care of. There are only two maintenance steps: first, soak them in a solution-filled case every night before you go to bed; second, you should replace your contacts as your doctor recommends. There are no special cleaning instructions; it is as simple as taking them out and putting them in!

Myth: It is difficult to take contact lenses in and out

While it may take some practice at first, the insertion and removal of contact lenses is actually quite easy. Once you receive them, your optometrist will teach you how to use them properly, and if you have any problems, he or she will happily assist you. Once you get the hang of it, it is like second nature and could not be more simple or painless.

Myth: You cannot go in the water with them

You can absolutely go in the water while wearing contact lenses. However, you still need to be careful not to get water in your eyes, as that is something you should avoid in general.

Contact lenses are extremely efficient and easy to use. For more information or to schedule an eye exam with Valley Eyecare Center, visit our website.

Tips For Switching To Contacts

ContactsOne of the most common questions that people ask their optometrist is whether they should be switching from conventional glasses to contacts. While both are great to correct your vision, it comes down to a matter of personal choice based on cost, looks, and care that pertain to each option. If you are thinking about ditching the good old glasses for contacts, these tips will help you ensure that the transition period runs smoothly.


Always wash your hands before you put on or remove your contacts. Touching your eyes with dirty hands can lead to eye irritations and infections.

Eye Drops

Always carry eye drops with you and use them as often as needed—especially if you are constantly looking at computer screens or other electronics, and if you live somewhere with harsh weather conditions. When contacts dry up, they can become uncomfortable, cause ocular irritations, and potentially scratch your eyes.


Your eyes need a chance to breathe, so make sure you give them a rest from contacts. If you have to wear your contacts every day throughout the day, you should opt for contacts that are breathable and take them off when you are at home or relaxing.

Contact Solution

Contact solution is very important as it is what you will be using to clean your contacts and store them in. Make sure you always have solution available at home and never use water as an alternative. Water does not sterilize and since it does not contain salt like regular contact lens solution, it is absorbed into the lenses instead.

Don’t Mix Your Contacts

Mixing your contacts can lead to eye infections and other conditions. It is important to create a habit of properly storing them in your contact lenses case by putting your left contact on the “L” side and your right one on the “R” side.

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

Switch to Contact Lenses in 2016

Contact LensesContact lenses are a very effective alternative to wearing glasses because they are not only invisible to the naked eye, but also comfortable and safe. Although minimal care is required, it is important to develop a thorough routine to avoid infections and damaging to your eyes. Find out how contact lenses can improve your lifestyle and learn helpful tips to ensure that you get the best experience out of them.

Eye Glasses VS. Contact Lenses

With contact lenses, your field of view is entirely visible, meaning you can look around and in every direction without any complications. With eye glasses, your peripheral vision is poor, as glasses do not extend to the sides of your face. With the uncomfortable, extra weight of eye glasses on your face and ears, contact lenses have no weight whatsoever and feel as if they are not even on your eyeballs. The following are some of the main advantages of using contact lenses:

  • Contact lenses are great for exercising and playing sports as they don’t get in the way and you don’t have to worry about them sliding off all the time.
  • Contact lenses conform to your eye’s curvature. This provides a wider vision field, resulting in reduced distortions and obstructions when compared to eyeglasses.
  • Contact lenses are usually not affected by weather conditions, which means no more fogging during cold weather!
  • With Contact lenses, you have the option to change your eye color.

Contact Lens Care Tips

Keep Up A Good Cleaning Routine: Contact lenses are rather delicate and need simple (but proper) care to avoid any sort of eye infection. Before putting in your contacts and touching the inside of the eyes, wash hands before any type of contact with the lenses—also, make sure that the contact lenses are cleansed every day with the correct solution. Since debris and dirt usually sticks to the contacts very easily, your eyes are prone to infections.

Do Not Let Your Lenses Come In Contact With Water: On instinct, you may want to give your contacts a quick rinse throughout the day with some water, but water does not sterilize, removing bacteria that affects the eye’s health. Since water does not contain salt like the regular contact lens cleansing solution, it is absorbed into the lenses instead.

While contacts are a great substitute for eyeglasses, even if you wear them full-time, you should keep an up-to-date pair of glasses in case you need to get new contacts or stop wearing them because of an eye health condition. For more information about contact lenses or to schedule an appointment with Valley Eyecare Center, visit our website.

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.

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.

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.