Ask An Optometrist About Contacts

optometristDid you know that over 30 million people wear contacts in the United States? If you’ve been considering switching from eyeglasses to contacts, you’re not alone. Contact an optometrist to update your prescription and make the switch to contacts.

Contact Lens Tips from a Phoenix Optometrist

How do I clean my contact lenses?

Make sure to clean your contact lenses regularly and thoroughly. If you have non-disposable contact lenses, cleaning them is the most important aspect of maintenance. Make sure to use contact lens solution, as opposed to water, because it will keep your lenses free of any chemicals or minerals that may reside in tap water.

Can I use eye drops while wearing contact lenses?

Yes! If your eyes feel dry, make sure to keep them hydrated. Using eye drops while wearing contacts is perfectly safe for your eyes, and it is important to make sure that your eyes do not become dry while wearing contact lenses.

Can I sleep while wearing contact lenses?

No, most optometrists recommend that you remove contact lenses if you take a nap and before you go to bed. Although certain contact lenses can be worn for brief naps, it is a good idea to remove them if you know you are tired. Play it safe and remove contacts before sleeping, as the risk of eye problems arises when contact lenses are worn overnight.

Can contact lenses correct astigmatism?

Yes! Although many contact lenses in the past could not correct astigmatism, new technology has created contact lenses for those suffering from astigmatism. Contact your optometrist if you would like to switch from eyeglasses to contacts if you suffer from astigmatism.

Make the switch from eyeglasses to contact lenses! To learn more about contacts, or to schedule an eye exam with an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center, call us at (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Common Problems with Contact Lenses

contact_lensesContact lenses are a great option for people who do not want to wear eyeglasses, but if you’re new to wearing contacts, you may find that you have a few concerns. Have no fears—we will address the most common problems with contact lenses.

Caring for Contact Lenses

Cleaning contacts—If you have recently switched from wearing glasses to wearing contacts, you’ll want to be a little extra careful in order to ensure that your lenses are properly clean. Make sure to use contact lens solution so that your lenses do not get any build-up on your contacts. If you wear daily contacts, you don’t even have to worry about daily cleanings since these should be thrown away at the end of each day.

You can wear contacts and makeup simultaneously—If you’re concerned about wearing makeup with your contacts, have no fear. Wearing makeup will not interfere with your contact lenses. Just be sure to put your contact lenses in before you apply your makeup so that the oils from the makeup do not get onto the lenses.

Take your contact lenses out if you take a nap—If you decide to rest your eyes—even just for a few moments—it is important that you remove your contacts so that your eyes do not become dry.

If you have allergies, you may want to try daily contact lenses—Suffering from environmental allergies is common no matter what time of year it may be. If you have allergies, switching to daily disposable contact lenses may help you to increase the moisture in your eyes. Also, be sure to remove your contact lenses 15 minutes before using eye drops so that your eyes can fully absorb the moisture from the drops.

Caring for your contact lenses doesn’t have to be difficult. To learn more information about contacts, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Frightened of Switching to Contacts?

Contact_lensesDid you know that over 36 million people in the United States wear contact lenses? Although this common method of correcting vision is prevalent throughout the U.S., some people are still afraid of switching to contacts. If you’re among those who are afraid of touching your eye, here are a few simple ways to conquer your fears this fall.

How to Conquer Your Fear of Contact Lenses

Talk to an optometrist. No one knows contact lenses better than an optometrist! Even some of the most qualified specialists at Valley Eyecare Center were originally afraid of using contacts, but we have a few tricks to help you get over this fear. If you have specific concerns related to your condition, make sure to discuss them at your next appointment.

Know the process. We suggest starting with the same eye each time so that it will eventually feel like second nature. With the contact lens in one index finger, use your free hand to hold your eyelid and insert the lens. Blink, and you’re done! It’s as simple as that.

Look away. Do not look directly at the contact lens as you put it into your eye. Instead, look into the mirror so that you can take some of the emotion and closeness out of the process.

Some myths aren’t true. Some people may be afraid of wearing contact lenses because they’ve heard a few myths about contacts. Rest easy knowing that your contacts cannot slide behind your eyes, and you will be able to take them out easily. They are designed to stay in and slip out easily when you remove them for the day.

Wearing contact lenses can be far more convenient than wearing eyeglasses, so do not give up. Be patient, and keep trying! For more information on contact lenses, or to schedule an appointment with a specialist at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

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.

Symptoms

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.

Diagnosis

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.

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.

Variety

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.

Convenience

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.

Hygiene

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.

Rest

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.