Save Your Vision with an Eye Exam

Eye_ExamThis March is Save Your Vision Month! Although we live busy lives, it is important to take time to care for our eyes, as we use them at every waking moment. Learn more about the ways in which your eyes can benefit from an eye exam.

An Eye Exam Can Save Your Vision

Do not stare at the computer—According to a 2016 survey, the average American uses a screen for approximately seven hours each day. However, the blue light that comes from computer screens, phone screens, and the TV can damage your eyes in a number of ways. It is recommended that if you use a screen for more than twenty minutes at a time, you should look 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds so that your eyes have a chance to focus on something that is far away. Make sure to refocus your eyes so that you do not get any headaches associated with eye strain.

Eye strain is damaging to your health—If you suffer from eye strain, you may also suffer from headaches, blurred vision, and a general lack of sleep. If you have any of these side effects, make sure to make an appointment for an eye exam to get your prescription updated and check on the health of your eyes.

To reverse eye strain, come in for an eye exam—An eye exam can ensure that your eyes and your body are in their optimal health if you are concerned that you might have digital eye strain. As your optometrist about computer glasses, which may save your vision if you need to work on the computer for several hours each day.

Put your vision first! Save your eyes with an eye exam this March. To learn more information about digital eye strain, or to schedule an eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Fall in Love with New Frames

EyeglassesFebruary is the season of love and appreciation. Show your eyes some love by treating them to some new eyeglasses! We’ve listed all of the newest frame styles and trends for 2017.

Love Your New Eyeglasses

If your prescription has changed, now is the perfect time to get a new pair of eyeglasses. Or, if you’re tired of your current frames, come into Valley Eyecare Center to check out our newest styles! Here are a few up and coming trends for 2017 frames:

  • Tortoise shell—We love this trend! There are many color pallets that are sure to fit any skin tone.
  • Oversized cat eye frames—These eyeglasses are perfect for any woman wanting to wear something that looks rather exclusive!
  • Clear frames—Want something that goes with every outfit and every hairstyle? Clear frames might be the way to go! Blending in with your face, these are perfect for anyone wanting to minimize the appearance of wearing eyeglasses.
  • Black frames—This classic look is especially popular in rectangular or square frames. Like clear frames, black frames go with any outfit and complement most facial structures.
  • Semi-rimless frames—These eyeglasses are all the rage and flatter both men and women. Semi-rimless frames can be dressed up or down, and they are a great fashion and business accessory!
  • Cat eye frames—Cat eye frames never seem to go out of style for women. These eyeglasses are great for business or casual looks and may add some whimsy to your outfits. Try a new color to brighten up your look!

Don’t wait to get new eyeglasses! Come in to see our newest frames! For more information about frames, or to schedule your annual eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Signs Your Child Needs an Eye Exam

eye_examDid you know that 80% of what children learn is obtained visually? We all want our kids to do well in school, so it is important that they are able to learn as much as they can by seeing properly. Since it is so crucial that children see well, it is always important to take them in for an eye exam.

Signs that Your Young One May Need an Eye Exam

If you think your child might need an eye exam, the chances are that you’re right. Below we have listed a few symptoms or signs that your child may express if he or she cannot see well.

  • Squinting or closing one eye in order to see—Your child may squint in order to see things up close or to see things at a distance.
  • Headaches, nausea, or dizziness—If your child is having a hard time focusing to see the board in class or to read a book at home, he or she may suffer from headaches because of the extra effort it takes to see properly.
  • Rubbing eyes several times throughout the day—This sign may indicate that your child is trying to refocus his or her eyes.
  • Excessive clumsiness—Tripping or bumping into things may be a sign that this young one needs an eye exam!
  • Avoiding reading—Good vision is required for reading, so if your child has recently reduced the amount of time spent reading or has stopped reading entirely, it may be time for an eye exam.
  • Reduced academic performance—Some children may not know how to express that they have trouble seeing. Although they may be trying their hardest at school, they may not be able to achieve everything that they could without improved vision.

We all want the best for our kids! Ensure that your child can see to his or her full potential! To learn more information, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

New Years Resolutions for Healthier Eyes

eye_exam2017 is coming up quickly, and it may be time to start thinking about a New Years resolution! We think that the best resolution you can make is to have healthier eyes in 2017. With the start of the New Year, we have listed a few tips, including an annual eye exam, so that you can accomplish this goal!

Eye Exams and Healthier Eyes in 2017

Eat right—One of the best things you can do for your eyes is to eat right. Foods that are rich in omega-3, vitamins C and E, and lutein are great for your eyes! Make sure to load up on leafy greens like spinach or kale, oily fishes like salmon or tuna, and non-meat proteins like nuts or eggs.

Wear sunglasses—It may seem counterintuitive to wear sunglasses year-round, but in Phoenix, it’s always sunny, no matter the season! Sunglasses not only work as great additions to any outfit but also protect your eyes from the intense rays of the sun.

Don’t stare at the computer—Although it may seem to be impossible, try not to stare at a screen for too long. The blue light that emits from the computer, the television, and the cell phone can strain your eyes, so it is important to take breaks whenever possible. We suggest the 20-20-20 rule: for every 20 minutes you spend looking at a screen, take a 20-second break by looking at something that is 20 feet away from you. This will help your eyes to focus on something that is far away and will help to prevent eye strain.

Don’t forget about your annual eye exam—It’s always a great idea to check in with an optometrist and make sure that your eyes are in tip-top shape! Make sure that your prescription is up-to-date at your annual eye exam.

Take care of your eyes throughout the New Year! To learn more about how to get healthier eyes in 2017, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

2016 Eye Care Benefits

Eye_CareBefore you get too busy for the holidays, it’s important to check your health and eye care to make sure that you are in tip-top shape for all of the family get-togethers that come with the end of the year. Take advantage of your eye care benefits at Valley Eyecare Center before December 31.

Eye Care for the Holidays

Many flexible spending, annual deductibles, health savings, and overall insurance benefits are about to renew for 2017, so if you have unclaimed benefits, you may be missing out. Make sure to take advantage of our vision-related services and expenses that may qualify for coverage or reimbursement.

  • Eye exams—While eye exams are a huge part of any eye care routine, they are particularly useful at the end of the year, as your eyes may have been stressed throughout the year. Make sure that your prescription is up to date during the holiday season.
  • Contact lenses—If you have disposable contact lenses, it’s a great time to stock up on them over the holidays, especially if you are traveling or will be busy with family responsibilities.
  • Eyeglasses—After making sure that you have the most recent prescription, it’s always a good idea to get a new pair of eyeglasses or change out the lenses in one of your current pairs of glasses. Update your style for the season with a new pair of eyeglasses from Valley Eyecare Center!
  • Prescription Sunglasses—It may be chilly, but the sun is still out! Make sure that you have the proper eye care for any season by having the perfect pair of sunglasses.

Check with your health insurance plan administrator to determine the specific requirements of your plan. Please let our office know about your major medical or vision plan coverage when you call for or book your appointment online.

To learn more about eye care, or to schedule your next eye exam, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

What Do Your Eyes Say About Your Health?

Eye_examBecause your eyes are so critical to your overall health, getting a regular eye exam is important to your health routine. Although you may not realize it, your eyes can also give indications about the state of your overall health, which makes your yearly eye exam even more crucial. Your Phoenix optometrist will look for the following signs during your eye exam.

Eye Exams and Your Overall Health

Discomfort while using the computer—If your eyes become tired, irritated, or feel as if they are burning while you are using the computer, this is a sign that you may be suffering from eye strain, which can cause headaches and can dry out your skin and eyes. To solve this problem, you can reduce glare by closing window shades or look into an antireflective cover for your computer.

Red spots in the whites of your eyes—These small red spots may seem like no big deal, but they may be signs of diabetes. If your blood sugar is too high, blood vessels will swell and cause these tiny red spots.

Itchy, swollen eyes may indicate that you have allergies—If any pollen, dust, or pet dander gets into your eyes, you may react to it. During your eye exam, your optometrist may recommend eye drops or some sort of an allergy medication, depending on the severity of your allergies.

White rings around your eyes—Yellowish bumps on your eyelids and/or white rings around your eyes may be signs that you have high cholesterol. If this is the case, your optometrist may send you to another doctor to have this situation examined further.

Your eye health and your overall health are closely related, and some signs of a problem may show up first in your eyes. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that you schedule a regular eye exam. To learn more information about how your eyes are connected to your overall health, or to book an appointment at Valley Eyecare Center, visit our website, or call (602) 955-2700.

Is it Time for a New Prescription?

Eye_examWith the end of summer, we’re starting to get back into the swing of things, and our schedules can get pretty busy. Make sure to keep up your eye health during this busy time! It may be time to get a new eye exam, or it may be time to see about getting new glasses. Read on to see if an eye exam and a new prescription may be in the works for you.

Do You Need A New Eye Exam?

If you haven’t gotten an eye exam in the past year, it’s time to schedule an appointment! Even if you can see well with your current glasses, it’s always a good idea to make sure that your current pair has the proper prescription. Yearly eye exams are a great way to ensure that your eye health is in top shape.

Headaches can be caused by changes in your vision. If you have suffered from headaches recently, these may be due to a change in your prescription. Check in with your optometrist in order to see whether or not your vision has changed since your last eye exam.

Increasing the amount of time working on the computer or watching TV can also cause your vision to change, as you may squint more often so that you can focus on the words on the screen. This action can not only generate headaches but can also dry out your eyes, so ensuring that your prescription is the right one can make a huge difference in the way you see when you work.

If it appears as if your vision has become blurry, or if you have eye strain, these are both signs that your sight has changed. Scheduling an appointment with an optometrist should be one of the first things you do after you notice one of these symptoms.

If you would like to schedule an eye exam or would like to learn more information about our clinic, call Valley Eyecare Center at (602) 955-2700 or visit 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.

 

What You Need To Know About Low Vision

OptometristSummer can be harsh on your eyes, and the intensity of the sun during July can make it even harder to see. People suffering from low vision may have an especially hard time this month, which is why it is important for them to visit their optometrist more frequently. Learn more about the causes and symptoms of this condition.

Understanding Low Vision

Low vision is vision loss that is irreversible and cannot be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, surgery, or medication. People who suffer from this condition may not be able to complete daily activities as well as those with healthy vision.

Causes of Low Vision

Low vision is caused by macular degeneration (also referred to as AMD), which affects the macula, the area of your eye that is controls sharp detail. Over 15 million people over 50 years old have contracted low vision due to aging, but other factors such as cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy can also cause low vision. If a person has suffered from optic nerve damage, he or she could be born with low vision. It is important to be aware of low vision, as you may suffer from it as you get older, or you may know someone with this problem. Make sure to contact your optometrist if you are not able to see clearly with the aid of glasses or contact lenses.

How to Tell if You Have Low Vision

Contact your optometrist for a low-vision exam to determine if you have the condition. This examination checks your regular eyes’ daily functions and activities. Make sure to have a yearly exam to ensure that you do not wait too long to detect any signs of future or current eye problems. Set up an appointment with your optometrist to get more reliable information on low vision and how to prevent it.

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

Get An Eye Exam During Men’s Health Month!

Eye_examWhile studies show that women are more likely to develop eye health issues than men, it’s still crucial for men to remember the importance of properly taking care of their eyes and getting a yearly eye exam—especially during National Men’s Health Month! Find out why eye exams are important.

Detect Corrective Needs

Even if it seems that your sight is 20/20, only an optometrist can confirm whether you need a prescription or not. Also, even if you already have prescription glasses or contact lenses, you still need to get your eyes checked. Your eyes change as you age so it is important to monitor any corrective needs through regular eye exams.

Detect Eye Health Problems

Regular eye exams help prevent vision problems before they occur! Don’t assume that your eyes are great because they are not showing any symptoms of a health condition. Many common eye problems actually do not show any symptoms until well after they’re developed. Through an eye exam, your optometrist can detect disorders such as glaucoma and cataracts at an early stage, which can increase the chance of a successful treatment.

Detect General Health Problems

Did you know that eye health is connected to overall health and well-being? Through eye exams, an optometrist can detect more than eye problems; they can also uncover signs of health conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure—making eye exams arguably as important as annual physicals.

Our eyes are one of the most important parts of our bodies—especially when it comes to living our day-to-day lives. Unfortunately, they are very fragile and can easily be damaged. Take advantage of National Men’s Health Month and schedule your eye exam with Valley Eyecare Center today!

For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists, visit our website.