Eye Care Tips from Our Staff

eye-careThe best advice comes from those you trust, especially those you trust with your health and well-being. This week, we’re talking to a few of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center to find out their best advice for all of your eye care needs.

Eye Care Tips from the Experts at Valley Eyecare Center

Eye exams are for everyone—Dr. Eric Clyde wants all of his current patients and prospective patients to know that eye exams are of the utmost importance. Everyone—even children who have passed their eye exams in school—needs to have an eye exam every year. Even if you believe your prescription has not changed, you should still come in for an eye exam to make sure that your eyes are in their top condition.

Protect your eyes with sunglasses—Sunglasses are crucial, especially since we live in sunny and bright Arizona! Dr. Lindsey Clyde recommends 100% UV protected eyewear to protect your eyes and decrease the chances of developing eye diseases later in life. One of the best eye care tips is to always have sunglasses with you so that your eyes are shielded from the harsh rays of the sun.

Be careful with contact lenses—Dr. Peter Ryan highlights the importance of using your contacts only as directed. Make sure to never wear them past the recommended schedule, and remove your contacts when you are sleeping, as your eyes could suffer from long-term problems and infections if you wear them too long. If your contact lenses cause you to be in pain, remove them immediately and call your eye care professional as soon as you can.

Your eye care is our top priority! To learn more about our tips from the experts, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Eye Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Eye_ExamYour eye health is important for your overall health. If you experience any eye symptoms that concern you, you may want to consider coming in for an eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center. Learn more about the eye symptoms you shouldn’t ignore.

Eye Exams Address Concerns about Eye Symptoms

Flashes and floaters—While floaters can be quite normal, and most people experience them, they can cloud your vision and may come with flashes of light. If you experience the flashes of light, you should probably come in for an eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center, as this could mean that you have a retinal detachment.

Dry eyes—Having dry eye every once in a while isn’t a big deal, but if you feel as if you cannot make enough tears, or if you feel as if you constantly have dry eye, schedule an eye exam. This may be caused by looking at a computer screen too long, an eye condition known as blue light syndrome. To improve the moisture in your eyes, you can also use eye drops or use the 20-20-20 rule: for every 20 minutes you look at a blue screen, spend 20 seconds focusing on something that’s 20 feet away.

Eye pain—This one may be obvious, but if your eyes hurt, pay attention to them and come in for an eye exam. This may be a sign of eye injury. Do not put pressure on your eyes—once you come in for an eye exam, the professionals here will take care of you.

Pay attention to any symptoms about your eyes, as these symptoms are key aspects of your eye health and your overall health. To learn more about symptoms you should not ignore about your eyes, or to schedule an eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

3 Tips to Prevent Eye Injury

eye-careDid you know that thousands of eye injuries occur each day? You may not think about your eye safety very often, but 90% of eye injuries could have been prevented with proper eye care and safety eyewear. Eye injuries can be extremely dangerous yet are easily prevented with the proper precautions. Learn more about how to properly care for your eyes to prevent injuries.

Prevent Injuries with These Eye Care Tips

Indoor safety is important in the home—Since workplaces often have many strict eye safety regulations, the home is actually the most common place that our patients get eye injuries. Inside your home, make sure that hallways are well lit and that you have railings on any stairs, as you or a guest could easily trip and potentially cause harm to the eyes.

Take caution when undertaking projects such as gardening and home improvement—We all love to fix up our homes, but you should take care to never let paints, pesticides, or fertilizers get near your eyes, as these substances have harmful chemicals in them that can damage your vision. Make sure that your eye care is maintained by taking a few precautions the next time you start a weekend project.

Be safe when you clean your house—Sometimes a deep clean is all your house needs to be spruced up, but make sure that when you clean it, you do not mix chemicals or use any intense chemicals without the added safety of goggles or safety glasses. Read all warnings and instructions provided from manufacturers about cleaning solutions and be sure to follow them, as they can be quite dangerous if used improperly.

Maintaining proper eye care starts in the home. Make sure to prevent against some of the most common eye injuries by following tips from our experts at Valley Eyecare Center. To learn more about our eye care tips, or to schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Tips for Driving at Night

eye-careSometimes even the best drivers need a little help at night, and there is certainly an added danger that comes with driving at night. According to the Department of Transportation, only 15% of vehicle miles are recorded between 7 am to 7 pm, but nearly a third of accidents occur during this time. In order to protect both your health and your eye care, it is important to follow these tips for driving at night.

Optimal Eye Care Includes Driving Safety

Take a few precautions—As soon as sun begins to set, you should turn on your headlights as a precaution to help other drivers see you. If there is a glare or extra cloud cover, your headlights can help other drivers to see you and, hopefully, avoid you if something were to go wrong.

Do not use electronic devices—The blue light is bad for your eye care anyway, and you should never use your cell phone while driving. At night, there is added danger to using an electronic device, as your eyes may have a harder time adjusting from the bright light of a screen to the darkness outside.

Wash your car regularly—A car wash can help you to see out your windows, windshield, and mirrors. Since visibility is key to driving, you will want to make sure that your car is clean enough to see out of easily.

Schedule regular eye exams—Make sure that you can read every street sign even at night by making sure that your prescription is up to date. Our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center can help you to make sure that your eyes are in proper health to drive at night.

Maintain proper eye care by taking precautions when you drive at night. To learn more about our eye care tips, or to schedule an eye exam with an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Is Lasik Surgery the Answer?

eye-careAre you tired of glasses and contacts? Restoring your vision doesn’t mean that you have to wear either glasses or contacts. Lasik eye surgery is also a great way to correct your eyesight. Get amazing results with this eye care procedure!

Lasik Surgery and Eye Care

What is Lasik eye surgery? Lasik eye surgery is one of the leading ways to correct your vision, using a laser to correct the vision impairments in your eye. Correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, Lasik eye surgery is an option for most patients, especially those with a moderate prescription.

Is Lasik eye surgery permanent? Most of our patients have found that their results are permanent. Designed to last a lifetime, this eye care procedure is often performed only once in your lifetime. However, there are a few factors that can influence the duration of your results, and occasionally, a treatment may need to be repeated in rare cases.

What does recovery look like after the surgery? Recovery from Lasik eye surgery is fairly minimal. A full recovery takes about three to six months, as your eye needs several months to heal, but you will no longer feel pain or discomfort within a short time after treatment. Post-operation checkups are usually scheduled 24-48 hours after you have received the eye care treatment.

Am I a good candidate for treatment? Your eyes and the rest of your body must be healthy in order to receive Lasik eye surgery, and you must have had stable vision for at least a year without a significant change in your vision. You also must have a low or moderate prescription; people with high prescriptions often do not make good candidates for Lasik eye surgery.

Talk to your optometrist to learn more about whether your vision can be corrected with Lasik eye surgery! To learn more about this eye care procedure, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Treating a Scratched Cornea

eye-careDid you know that a scratched eye is one of the most common eye injuries? A healthy cornea is essential for optimal vision, so if you accidentally scratch your eye, it is important that you see your eye doctor as soon as possible. Put your eye care first and learn more about scratched corneas!

Eye Care Tips for Scratched Eyes

What causes a scratched cornea? A scratched cornea can be caused by anything from paper to makeup brushes, and these can inflict significant pain to your eye. You may be more at risk for getting a scratched cornea if you suffer from dry eye, especially when you awaken from sleep.

Do contact lenses protect the eye from corneal abrasions? No, unfortunately, contact lenses do not protect your eyes from scratches. In fact, if you wear your contacts too long, or if you wear a damaged pair of contacts, you may have an increased risk of scratching your eye.

What are the symptoms of a scratched cornea? A corneal abrasion can be very painful and can feel as if you have a rough object in your eye. Other symptoms include redness, tearing, light sensitivity, and headaches. Schedule an appointment with your eye care professional if you think you scratched your eye.

How is a scratched cornea treated? Treatment depends on the severity of each case, but minor scratches can be treated with drops to moisten the eye, which will make it feel more comfortable as it heals. More severe cases may require antibiotic ointment that will decrease scarring and inflammation. While you have a corneal abrasion, you should make sure to wear eyeglasses instead of contacts so that your eye has a chance to heal.

Keep your eyes healthy and safe by making sure that your eyes are properly hydrated. To learn more about corneal abrasions, or to schedule an appointment with one of our eye care specialists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Reading Your Eyeglass Prescription

optometristIf you’ve just had an eye exam with an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center, you may notice that your prescription has quite a few notations, abbreviations, and numbers that you may not understand. Of course, being nearsighted or farsighted is fairly straightforward, but the other notations may not be so obvious. Learn to decipher all the parts of your prescription so that you can be knowledgeable about the state of your eyes.

Understanding Your Prescription by an Optometrist

What is OD? What is OS? These abbreviations are the first step in understanding your eyeglass prescription. OD is short for the Latin phrase, oculus dexter, and OS is short for oculus sinister. These are the terms for the right and left eye, respectively. If you see anything labeled OU, that is short for oculus uterque, which refers to both eyes. In rare instances you may see RE (right eye) or LE (left eye).

How can I tell if I’m near or farsighted? If you see SPH, this indicates the word “sphere,” which signifies the amount of lens power prescribed to correct your nearsightedness or farsightedness. A negative sign indicates that you are nearsighted, and a positive sign means that you are farsighted.

What about astigmatism? If your prescription includes CYL, which stands for “cylinder,” it is referring to the amount of lens power needed to correct your astigmatism. This condition is a result of the cornea and/or lens being shaped more oblong, rather than round. A number next to CYL may also give you an idea about whether you are near or farsighted.

Is there anything else I should know about? Your optometrist may write specific lens recommendations on your eyeglass prescription, especially if you need progressive lenses or an anti-reflective coating. These recommendations will allow for comfort.

Keep in mind that an eyeglass prescription is different from a contact lens prescription and  cannot be used interchangeably. To learn more about reading your prescription or to schedule an eye exam with an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700 or visit our website.

 

Back to School Eye Exam

children's-eye-examAs a parent, you may wonder whether your child needs an eye exam or whether your child is having trouble seeing. Since your child’s school may have just started or is just about to start, a children’s eye exam may be the best thing to prepare for the school year.

Children’s Eye Exams at Valley Eyecare Center

Did you know that a children’s eye exam can improve his or her performance in school?

Along with an annual checkup with your pediatrician, taking your child for an eye exam can make sure that your child is healthy and ready for school. Clear vision helps your child understand and respond at school and at home. Undetected vision problems can lead to learning difficulties in the future, especially since the American Optometric Association has found that 80% of learning is visual.

What can you expect at a children’s eye exam?

If it’s your child’s first eye exam, make sure to explain to him or her that eye exams aren’t scary. Walking them through what will happen in an eye exam is a great way to introduce your child to the process. We are a kid-friendly office here at Valley Eyecare Center!

How can you know if your child needs an eye exam?

If your child frequently complains of headaches or tiredness, he or she may be having trouble seeing. If your child used to love reading but suddenly lacks interest in picking up a book, this could also be a sign of a vision problem. In certain cases, your child may even become rather clumsy, bumping into furniture or walls by accident.

A children’s eye exam is a great part of any back-to-school routine! To learn more about our children’s eye care services, or to schedule an eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

How Hydration Affects Your Eyes

eye-careHydration affects all aspects of your health, including your skin and your eyes. With the hot temperatures and the low humidity in Phoenix, it can be easy to develop dry eye, but making sure you are properly hydrated is an important aspect of any eye care routine.

Eye Care and Hydrating Your Eyes

What causes dry eye, and how do I know if I have it?

Many factors may cause you to have dry eye, including an inadequate amount of tears or a poor quality of tears. If your tears are not adequately hydrating your eyes, you may notice pain, sensitivity to light, redness, or blurry vision.

Can electronics dry out my eyes?

Yes! Electronic devices are one of the main causes of dry eye. Looking at the blue light of the computer, television, or phone screen can affect your eyes, especially if you focus on these objects too long. Try the 20-20-20 rule to combat dry eye due to electronic use—for every 20 minutes you spend looking at a screen, focus on something that is 20 feet away for 20 minutes.

How can I treat dry eye?

Simple over-the-counter eye drops can resolve some mild versions of dry eye. These artificial tear solutions can supplement natural tear production and will not further irritate your eyes. In certain cases, taking an omega-3 fatty acid supplement may also help to naturally increase the production of tears and is a great aspect of any eye care routine.

What else can I do to prevent dry eye?

Try to limit the use of electronic devices, as hard as it may be. Remember to blink regularly when you do use these devices, and increase the humidity in the air at work and at home so that your eyes can become more hydrated. Make sure to drink plenty of water and wear sunglasses when you are outdoors to further prevent cases of dry eye.

Hydrating your body and your eyes are two of the most important things for your health and your eye care! To learn more about dry eye, or to schedule an eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Our Eyeglass Guide

eyeglassesAre you having trouble seeing for the first time, or do you feel as if your prescription has changed since the last time you’ve had an eye exam? If you wear eyeglasses or think you may need to start wearing them, our eyeglass guide can help you determine what kind of glasses would suit you most!

Eyeglasses for Every Lifestyle

At Valley Eyecare Center, we have eyeglasses for every occasion, every fashion style, and every lifestyle. Our quiz will help you determine which eyeglasses are perfect for you!

Lifestyle questions—The eyeglass guide will ask you a few questions about your lifestyle—whether you’ve had eyeglasses in the past or whether you’re wearing them for the first time. These questions also include whether or not you need glasses for reading, driving, or watching TV.

Lens questions—Do you need bifocals? Do you use your glasses inside and outside? Do you typically wear prescription sunglasses, regular sunglasses, or do you not wear sunglasses at all? Do you work in front of a computer, or do you work in an industrial environment where you would need more protection in your lenses? All of these questions are important to answer in order to determine which kind of lenses your eyeglasses will need.

Other questions—The eyeglass guide will also ask you a series of questions about whether certain things bother you, such as the glare from the sun or from headlights or the computer screen. If any of those items give you a headache or causes changes in your vision, your eyeglasses can be customized to make sure that your headaches are minimized and you sight is restored.

Find the perfect eyeglasses for you! To learn more about our eyeglass guide, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.