Discover Acuvue Contact Lenses

Contact LensesAt Valley Eye Care Center, your vision is our top priority, and we want to make sure that you see properly. Vision problems can make certain everyday tasks more difficult, but luckily, Acuvue contact lenses will give you the freedom to accomplish anything without a vision impairment. If you’ve been in search of new contacts, Acuvue may be just the thing for you.

Acuvue Contact Lenses Correct Vision

We love Acuvue contacts because they have the ability to correct a variety of vision-related problems, and they are also extremely convenient!

Acuvue contacts are specialized for almost any vision impairment—There are Acuvue contact lenses for people who are nearsighted or farsighted, and there are lenses for astigmatism and even presbyopia. If you suffer from dry eyes, Acuvue offers varieties that will increase the hydration in your eyes. Most options also come with the choice of daily pairs or those that you replace every two weeks, which allows you to adapt your contact lenses to your lifestyle and preference. No matter what vision problems you have now or could develop over time, Acuvue has got you covered.

Convenience is the name of the game—Acuvue contact lenses are a great option for anyone who doesn’t want to go through the hassle of maintaining other types of contact lenses. Since you can simply dispose of the daily contact lenses, these vision correctors will work wonders for your daily routine, as you will not need to devote much time to Acuvue contact lenses. By wearing Acuvue contacts, you may even be able to play sports or take part in other activities that you couldn’t otherwise if you were wearing glasses.

Acuvue contact lenses are convenient and correct your vision! To learn more about these vision correctors, or to schedule, an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Glasses or Contact Lenses—Which is Right for You?

contact-lensesContact lenses and glasses both correct vision and allow you to see properly. While both glasses and contacts are great options to correct your vision, the decision on which one you use is typically a personal preference. Our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center can help you to decide whether you are a glasses or contacts person.

Contact Lenses and Glasses Allow You to See Properly

Glasses require little maintenance—Glasses are very easy to care for. Unlike contact lenses, you do not need to touch your eyes in order to wear them, which can decrease your risk for developing certain eye infections. Glasses are also easier to clean and do not need to be replaced as often as contact lenses.

Glasses are a fashion statement—Whether you have one pair or multiple to go with your outfits, glasses are truly an extension of your personality.

Contact lenses allow you to see without obstructions—If you want to see properly, as if you aren’t wearing glasses, contact lenses may be just the thing for you. Just be sure to care for them, as they do touch your eyes every day. If you’re concerned about putting contact lenses into your eyes, make sure to look into the mirror so that you can focus on the image in front of you, and use your other hand to steady your face so that you do not poke yourself.

Contact lenses may change the color of your eyes—While glasses may be a great fashion statement, certain contact lenses are designed to make your eyes different colors. Make your eyes pop with colorful lenses.

As with any big decision, it is important to consider the different advantages and disadvantages of both contact lenses and glasses. To learn more information about the differences between these two vision correctors, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Eye Care Tips for Men

eye-careThis June is Men’s Health Month! Because your vision is so important to your health and wellbeing, we have tailored a few eye care tips to match men’s health issues.

Men’s Eye Care Solutions

Sunglasses are not only stylish but also key to maintaining proper vision—Protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays from the sun. Sunglasses are not just accessories; they are a necessity for both men and women, especially in Arizona, where the sun is more intense.

Apply sunscreen if you’re outside for a long time—Whether you’re outside playing sports or running errands, sunscreen can help to protect your eyes, as long as it is applied near the eye. Make sure not to get sunscreen in your eye, and also make sure not to apply it too rigorously, as the skin near your eye is very sensitive.

Take a break and look away from the computer screen—Many men may have office jobs and may stare at a screen for hours on end without even taking a break. We are reminding you to take a break for the sake of your eye health! For every 20 minutes you spend looking at a computer screen, spend 20 seconds looking at something that is 20 feet away. This simple exercise can reduce eye strain and blurry vision!

Eating well can truly make a difference—While there may not be an obvious connection between nutrition and eye care, it is extremely important to make sure that you receive all the nutrients that your body needs. Omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E are all great nutrients that will benefit your eyes, so you should take care to get plenty of these nutrients in your diet.

Don’t wait to transform your eye care routine! To learn more about men’s eye care, or to schedule your annual eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

How to Treat a Stye

optometristHave you ever developed a stye on one of your eyelids? These pesky bumps can develop at any time and are most often caused by the buildup of dead skin, oil, or dirt around the eye. Treat a stye by following these simple steps from an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center!

Advice from an Optometrist on How to Care for a Stye

Use warm water—Wet a washcloth with warm water, and rest this on your eye for about five to ten minutes. Make sure that the water isn’t too hot and that the washcloth has been wrung out so that it doesn’t drip. Some people may also choose to use a warm tea bag to achieve the same effect. The heat and moisture will help the stye to come to a head, but please make sure not to pop the stye as if it is a pimple! The heat and water will allow the stye to open and drain on its own, which will cause it to heal more quickly.

Wash your hands and your eye—Keeping the surfaces clean is crucial in order to make sure that the stye goes away as quickly as possible. At Valley Eyecare Center, our optometrists recommend that you use diluted tear-free baby shampoo to wash your eyelid without getting too much soap in your eye. Make sure to wash your hands before and after touching your eye.

Avoid wearing makeup—Because makeup can get into your eye or make the stye worse, it is important not to wear makeup so that the stye can heal without anything covering it.

Treat styes easily and quickly with these simple tips to ensure proper eye health! To learn more about caring for styes, or to schedule an appointment with an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Eye Care Goals for the Summer

eye-careAs summer approaches, it is important to remember your eye safety and health. At Valley Eyecare Center, we’ve compiled a list of eye care tips for the hotter months.

Eye Care Tips for the Summer

Sunglasses are a must—Sunglasses are important no matter what month it is, but the summer months are especially crucial, as the sun’s rays are more intense during the summer. Sunglasses can protect your eyes from the damaging rays of the sun, and they are an eye care must!

Wear goggles at the pool—If you’re planning to take a dip into the pool, make sure to bring goggles with you because they can protect your eyes from the chemicals used to keep pools clean. Public pools typically have more chemicals than private pools, so if you’re going on vacation, goggles are especially important.

Schedule an annual eye exam for your child—As the kids get out of school for the summer, it is a great time to take them in to check on their eyes. Your child’s vision can change as he or she grows, so it’s important to make sure that his or her prescription has not changed.

Eat right, and drink plenty of water—Eating right is important in order to maintain proper eye care. Although it may be easy to eat junk food throughout the summer, especially if you’re traveling, make sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables so that you get all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Vitamin A and E both boost vision health, so make sure to get the proper amount of these essential nutrients! Water also helps to reduce eye strain and helps to keep your body properly hydrated and functioning.

This summer, make sure to make your eye care a priority! To learn more about summer eye care tips, or to schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

4 Tips for Healthy Vision

optometristThis May is Healthy Vision Month! At Valley Eyecare Center, our optometrists recommend a few tips to make sure that your eyes stay as healthy as they can throughout the summer.

Optometrists Promote Healthy Vision

Get a comprehensive eye exam—Make sure that your prescription is up to date, and make sure that your eyes are as healthy as they can be! An optometrist can not only check your vision but also dilate your pupils to check for any signs of damage or disease. If glaucoma or other vision diseases run in your family, it is a good idea to get your eyes checked at least once a year.

Eat well—Your diet influences many aspects of your health, especially your vision! We all associate carrots with good vision because of the beta carotene that they contain, but did you know that other foods can also promote good vision? Make sure to eat plenty of spinach and leafy greens, as well as salmon and halibut, as they contain omega-3 fatty acids, which promote vision.

Wear sunglasses—It’s getting to be summertime, and the sun’s rays are most intense during the hot months. Protecting your eyes from the damaging rays of the sun is crucial to your eye health. Optometrists recommend wearing sunglasses every time you are outside so that you receive the full benefit of your shades!

Take a break from screens—While many of us may work in front of a screen and then come home to more screens, it is important to look away every once in a while from the blue light of a phone, television, or computer screen. We recommend the 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes you spend focusing on a screen, focus on something that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This simple trick will help to save your eyes from eye strain!

Make sure to keep your eyes healthy this May! To learn more about healthy vision, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Eye Care Tips for Swimmers

eye-careWhile the weather is warming up, there is no better time to take a splash into the water than now! While it may be fun to catch some waves or go to a pool party with friends, it is important that you maintain proper eye care to protect your eyes.

Swimming and Eye Care

“Swimmer’s eye” is common for anyone who swims, regardless of whether you take a quick dip into the pool or if you spend hours swimming laps. Listed below are a few tips to make sure that your eyes stay safe while you swim.

  • People who swim often may develop dry eye: The chlorine and chemicals used to keep the pool clean often damage the eyes, leaving them itchy and red. To ensure proper eye care, you should wear goggles or close your eyes when you swim. If your eyes become irritated after you swim, make sure to wash them out with clean water.

  • Use eye drops to make sure that your eyes stay hydrated: It is important that your eyes maintain proper hydration as you swim so that they are not affected throughout the rest of the day.

  • Do not wear contacts while you swim: Before you go swimming—even if you’re going to wear contacts—make sure to take your contacts out! You do not want to lose them in the water. Also, any chemicals in the water may get stuck to the lenses, which could cause infections in your eyes, so it is important to remove them before swimming.

Make sure to take care of your eyes while you swim this summer! To learn more about swimming eye care tips, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (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.

How to Treat Irritated Eyes

eye_careWe’ve all suffered from bouts of red, dry eyes every once in a while, but what causes our eyes to become irritated, and what can we do to soothe them? Optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center recommend eye care treatments for irritated eyes.

Eye Care for Red Eyes

Dry eyes—If your eyes are irritated because they are dry, one of the easiest ways to solve this issue is to use eye drops. You can use either over-the-counter drops or prescription drops in order to hydrate your eyes and to stop any inflammation and irritation in your eyes.

Allergies—Your eyes are exposed to the environment. If you have any allergies, your eyes will show if you are having a reaction. Common allergies include pollen, pet dander, and chemicals that are found in makeup. Make sure to avoid known allergens and to supplement with any allergy medication, such as an antihistamine, in order to maintain proper eye care throughout the year.

Eye strain—If you have been staring at a computer screen for hours on end, it may be time to take a break! It is important to let your eyes focus on something other than a screen. To properly care for your eyes, you should follow the 20-20-20 rule: for every 20 minutes you spend looking at a screen, you should spend 20 seconds looking at something that is 20 feet away.

Contacts—If you have had your contacts in for several hours on end, your eyes may dry out. Contact lenses can reduce the amount of oxygen that reaches your cornea, so it is important to remove them after a long day so that your eyes can breathe.

Soothe your eyes with these simple tips! To learn more about eye care, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Tips to Prevent Macular Degeneration

macular_degenerationMacular degeneration is a disease that causes vision loss by a deterioration of the macula, which controls visual activity. Although macular degeneration is related to both age and genetics, there are a few ways that you can reduce the risk of developing the disease.

Reduce the Risk of Developing Macular Degeneration

Load up on leafy greens—Eating dark, leafy green vegetables will provide you with vitamins and nutrients that other foods do not. Spinach and kale are high in lutein, which is a great nutrient for your eyes, as it helps to control the part of your retina that provides you with detailed vision.

Take your supplements—Taking a multivitamin is always a great idea and can provide not only your eyes but also your entire body with the nutrients it needs. Taking a fish oil supplement can also benefit your eyes because of the high omega-3 content, which boosts eye health and protects your retinas.

Exercise regularly—Exercise does not need to be a grueling task! Even a quick walk can be considered exercise, and it is important to keep your body moving and healthy.

Wear sunglasses—No matter what season it is, sunglasses will help your eyes to stay healthy by blocking the UV light that can damage your eyes.

Schedule a regular eye exam—Whether it is to check your prescription or to make sure that your eyes are generally healthy and getting the proper attention they need, an annual eye exam is always a good idea. If you’re ever concerned about the state of your eyes, be sure to come in for an additional consultation with one of our optometrists.

There may not be a cure for macular degeneration yet, but there are a few ways to make sure that you can reduce your risk of developing the disease. To learn more about our eye care tips, or to schedule an appointment with an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.