Common Summer Ocular Allergies

allergiesSpring and fall aren’t the only times that your eyes can be bothered by allergies. If your eyes feel dry, or if they feel overly watery, you may be suffering from common summer ocular allergies. Learn more about these allergies and how to treat them throughout the summer.

Typical Eye Allergies in the Summer Months

Know the symptoms—The most typical eye allergy symptoms come along with the symptoms that are typical of nasal allergies, such as sneezing, sniffling, or a stuffy nose. Allergies that are specific to the eyes often show signs that include itching, redness, burning, or watery eyes. If you experience any of these symptoms, or if you experience many of them, you probably have eye allergies.

Learn what your triggers are—Whether your eyes become irritated from outdoor allergens, such as pollens from the grass or trees, or whether your eyes become irritated due to indoor allergens, such as pet dander, avoiding your triggers will alleviate your allergies. Once you know what aggravates your allergies, make sure to stay away from your allergens.

Treat your allergies—Treating your allergies can be as simple as using artificial tears to hydrate the eye. You can also try taking an antihistamine, although sometimes these have a tendency of drying out the eye or making you drowsy, so make sure to take one that will not make you tired before operating a vehicle. You can also try allergy shots to alleviate the symptoms associated with eye allergies. If your allergies are caused by outdoor allergens, make sure to stay inside as much as possible.

Get relief from your summer eye allergies! To learn more about common eye allergens, or to schedule an eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Signs Your Child Has a Vision Problem

eye-examBefore school resumes this fall, you may be wondering what you should do to prepare for the school year. At Valley Eyecare Center, we recommend taking your child into the office for an eye exam, especially if you suspect that your child may have trouble seeing.

Children’s Eye Exams

Sometimes it can be difficult to determine if your child has a vision problem. But did you know that, on average, one out of four school-age children has a vision impairment? It’s important to recognize a few warning signs to see if you should bring your child in for an eye exam.

Squinting—If your child is squinting to see things up close or at a distance, this may be a warning sign that he or she cannot see properly. Also closing one eye may be a warning sign too.

Headaches—If your child suffers from headaches, nausea, or dizziness, these all may be signs of a vision problem. Headaches and other symptoms can affect your child’s performance at school, as 80% of your child’s early learning developments are visual.

Rubbing his or her eyes—If your child is rubbing his or her eyes several times per day, this may be a warning sign that your child is having trouble refocusing the eyes.

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.

Children’s eye exams are important for their performance in school. To learn more about the warning signs that your child may need vision assistance, or to schedule an eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center before the school year starts back up again, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Valley Eyecare Center Offers Quality Vision Solutions

Eye_CareAt Valley Eyecare Center, your vision is our top priority. Our ocular solutions will improve your sight and your eye health. Learn more about our services at Valley Eyecare Center!

Whether you need an eye exam or advice about how to resolve eye strain, we’ve got you covered!

Comprehensive eye exams—Get your prescription updated and come in for a comprehensive eye exam. We recommend that you get an eye exam at least once a year so that your prescription is up to date, and you will not suffer from any vision-related problems.

Fitting of contact lenses—If you are thinking about making the switch from eyeglasses to contact lenses, we at Valley Eyecare Center can help! We will help you decide whether soft lenses or hard lenses are better for your lifestyle, and we will give you the best advice on how to put them in if you are nervous about touching your eye.

Eye strain treatments—Did you know that eye strain is one of the most common vision-related problems? Since many jobs require employees to spend many hours of their days on a computer, the blue light from the screen can strain the eyes. For simple remedies, we suggest the 20-20-20 rule—for every 20 minutes you spend looking at a screen, focus on something that is 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

Dry eye remedies—Dry eye can often be fixed by using eye drops that can be purchased either over the counter or through a prescription. However, if you have a more serious condition of dry eye, we can make sure that you receive proper treatment.

We know that vision helps us in every task imaginable, so it’s important that your eye health is as good as it can be. To learn more about our services, or to schedule an appointment for an eye exam at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Eye Exam Tips for Children

childrens-eye-examsSometimes it can be difficult to determine if your child has a vision problem. Therefore, children’s eye exams are essential because vision is a crucial part of elementary education. It is better to get a problem diagnosed sooner rather than later! Learn more about the importance of children’s eye exams.

Children’s Eye Exams Promote Learning

Did you know that, on average, one out of four school-age children has a vision impairment? Most children have their first comprehensive eye exam before they enter first grade (about five or six years old). If your child needs glasses, he or she should come in for an eye exam every year to update the prescription.

Aforementioned, children’s eye exams are important for their performance in school. According to the American Optometric Association, nearly 80% of learning is visual. If your child is seeing, he or she is learning. However, if your child has a vision impairment, he or she may not be able to learn as quickly or as much. Near vision and distance vision are necessary in the classroom, and focusing skills require good vision as well. Good vision is also crucial for hand-eye coordination for any sports or activities in which your child may be interested.

Know the warning signs. If you child complains of headaches, sits too close to the TV or holds a book too close, these may be signs that he or she is having trouble seeing. Frequent eye rubbing and sensitivity to light can also be warning signs, and your child would most likely benefit from an eye exam.

Children’s eye exams are important for their performance in school. To learn more about the warning signs that your child might need vision assistance, or to schedule an eye exam at Valley Eye Care Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Eye Safety in the Workplace

This month is Workplace Eye Safety Month! No matter where you work, it is important to keep your eyes safe in the workplace. Learn a few tips on how to keep your vision in its best condition.

Workplace Eye Safety

Eye_SafetyProtect your eyes—If you work in an environment that uses chemicals or oils, it is important to wear eye protection, such as goggles. Working in construction and manufacturing may also require the use of eye protection, as you want to make sure that your eyes are safe as you work.

Wear computer glasses—If you work at a computer for the majority of the day, it is important to save your eyes from eye strain. Maintain your eye safety by investing in computer glasses, which will block some of the blue light from the computer screen. Also, make sure to abide by the 20-20-20 rule—for every 20 minutes you work on the computer, focus on something that is 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds to refocus your vision. This rule applies to phones and televisions, too! Do not spend too much of your day focusing on a screen.

Know your risks—Certain work environments are more dangerous to the eyes than others. Some jobs may require the use of safety eyewear, goggles, or special-use safety glasses. If you work in an environment that is more strenuous on your eyes, it is important to maintain and perhaps even increase your eye safety.

Workplace eye safety is important to your health, as well as your success in your career. Be sure to make your vision a priority no matter where you work so that your can maintain your eye health. To learn more about workplace eye safety, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

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.