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.

Hygiene

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.

Why are Eye Exams Important?

Eye ExamAn eye exam does more than simply test your visual clarity. Here are some important reasons why you and your family should make eye exams a regular annual activity.

Detect eye conditions

Do you assume that your eyes are fine if you have no redness, itching or blurred vision? Many common eye conditions don’t present symptoms until well into their development. The earlier a disorder such as glaucoma or cataracts is detected, the better the chances of successful treatment.

Help children learn better

Poor eyesight makes it difficult for kids to focus in and out of school. Widespread use of video games, computers and other devices creates additional strain on young eyes. According to the Vision Council of America, one in four children uses digital devices for more than three hours a day. Comprehensive eye exams prepare your kids to make the most of the upcoming school year.

Uncover general health problems

Eye health is closely entwined with overall health. Did you know that an eye exam can detect signs of diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure? Regular eye exams should be as much a part of your wellness program as annual physicals.

Monitor corrective needs

Even if you already have glasses or contact lenses, treatment doesn’t end there. Your eyes change as you age, meaning your prescription will need to be updated periodically. If you’ve been suffering from unexplained headaches or sore, itchy eyes, new corrective lenses could be the answer.

Why not plan your eye exam now while it’s fresh in your mind? Contact Valley Eyecare Center today to book your appointment.

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.

Protect Your Eyes By Practicing Good Hygiene

 

downloadHealthcare professionals stress the importance of good hygiene to prevent the spread of flu, colds and other contagious illnesses. Germs also pose a threat to the health of your eyes, making cleanliness a major factor of eye care as well.

Styes

If you don’t wash your face thoroughly or you leave makeup on overnight, you run the risk of developing styes. These pimple-like red bumps are caused by an infection in the oil glands at the edge of the eyelid. While styes normally resolve themselves and do not generally cause serious injury, chronic stye development can lead to scarring over time.

Corneal Abrasions

It’s easy to rub your eye without even thinking about it, but this habit can result in corneal abrasions. These scratches on the clear “skin” that covers the iris and pupil are extremely painful due to the large number of nerve endings on the cornea. The injury can come from dirt on your hands or from aggravating a particle that is already inside your eye.

Contact Lenses

Proper eye care includes regular maintenance of contact lenses. Keratitis, or inflammation of the cornea, is one of the conditions that can result from poor contact-lens hygiene. Some common practices that create unsafe conditions are handling the lenses without washing your hands or wearing them overnight. Contact-lens cases should be kept clean and replaced frequently to prevent fungus from growing inside.

Conjunctivitis

One of the most widespread eye conditions is conjunctivitis, or pink eye, which is an inflammation of the thin membrane covering the white of your eye and lining the inside of the eyelid. Conjunctivitis is easily transmitted from person to person, so be sure to wash your hands or apply sanitizer after contact with others. Again, the safest precaution is to avoid rubbing or touching your eyes.

Maintain a habit of good hygiene to keep your eyes clear and injury-free. Visit your Phoenix optometrist for more suggestions regarding proper eye care.

A Guide to Photophobia

The term “phobia” normally indicates a fear of some type. However, photophobia does not refer to a fear per se but rather to an extreme sensitivity to light.

What Is Photophobia?

Photophobia itself is not a a disease. It occurs most often as a symptom of an underlying health condition. Moderate cases cause you to squint when you’re in a brightly lit room or outdoors in sunshine, while extreme cases result in pain from exposure to almost any level of light.

Optometry Causes of Photophobia

While photophobia is usually associated with an eye condition, it can sometimes be a symptom of an illness unrelated to eyes. Here are some of the most common causes of photophobia:

  • Migraines
  • Corneal abrasions from sand or other irritants entering your eye
  • Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, which is an inflammation in the tissue covering the white of your eye
  • Dry eye syndrome, which occurs when your eyes remain excessively dry because your tear ducts cannot produce sufficient amounts of tears
  • Excessive use of contact lenses or ill-fitting lenses

Patients who have recently undergone eye surgery may also experience photophobia to one extent or another during their recovery.

Medical Treatment of Photophobia

You should always consult your optometrist if you are experiencing light sensitivity. They will perform an eye exam and ask questions to determine the severity of your case and possible cause.

Commonly prescribed treatments include eye drops and antibiotics for inflammation or infections. Use of artificial tears can relieve dry eye syndrome. Medication and rest is usually called for when dealing with migraines.

Home Treatment and Prevention

While your optometrist is the best source of treatment, there are measures you can take to provide relief for your eyes and help prevent future occurrences. It’s best to avoid sunlight and use limited or no artificial light when indoors. Dark tinted glasses can act to diffuse light.

Good hygiene is an important defense against photophobia. Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your eyes. Do not share products such as makeup that come into contact with eyes. If you suffer from migraines, do your best to avoid the triggers that set off your headaches.

Photophobia may be unpleasant, but you don’t have to suffer helplessly. Your Phoenix optometrist can help you determine a course of treatment to relieve your symptoms and make your eyes more comfortable.

Is My Child Ready For Contacts?

Many children reach the point when they ask, “Can I get contacts?” As a parent, you may wonder whether to let your child try them. Here’s what you need to consider:

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Some children are happy to wear glasses, but others are dissatisfied. If your child complains about their glasses, you may want to talk to your eye-care professional about contact lenses.

Activities

If your child plays sports, contact lenses may offer an advantage. They won’t break like frames and lenses of glasses can. Your child will also be able to have clearer peripheral vision and won’t have to deal with frames that can get sweaty and uncomfortable.

Vision

In some cases, such as when a child is very nearsighted, he or she may be able to see better with contact lenses than with glasses.

Self-esteem

If your child has poor self-esteem, contacts may help give them a boost. A three-year study conducted by the Ohio State University College of Optometry concluded that a child’s self-perception improved when wearing contact lenses. This is especially true of girls.

Seasonal allergies

Contact lenses can cause increased itching and burning in the eyes of contact wearers who have seasonal allergies, so if you child suffers from these, he or she may want to stick with glasses.

Dexterity and comfort level

Is your child able to take his or her contact lenses out and put them back in? It may take some practice, but he or she should be able to handle the daily maintenance on their own after some initial help. Age isn’t the only determining factor, because some young children are more at ease putting in and removing their contacts than adults are.

Maturity

This is perhaps the most important factor. Will your child follow proper hygiene practices, or will he or she leave the contacts in for too long, possibly risking an infection? It’s important that he or she be able to follow the proper procedures, because contacts are a medical device that can cause serious damage if they’re misused.

Ultimately, letting your child wear contact lenses isn’t an all-or-nothing, lifelong decision. If you let them try it and it doesn’t work out for whatever reason, your child can always go back to wearing glasses and perhaps try again when circumstances change.