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.

Importance of UV Protection

eye-careProtecting your eyes from the intense rays of the sun is the most important eye care tip we can give you during the summer. Just as sunscreen is crucial to your skin care routine, sunglasses are equally crucial to your eye care routine.

Sunglasses and Eye Care Tips

UV radiation is harmful to all parts of the body—UV radiation is one of the main causes of skin cancer, but it can also affect your eyes. Contrary to popular belief, the sun isn’t the only source of UV radiation; other sources, such as the light from welding, can also damage eyes. Make sure to cover your eyes with sunglasses or other protective glasses to ensure proper eye care.

Protect your eyes to prevent future eye diseases and conditions—Did you know that wearing sunglasses can help to decrease your chances of developing macular degeneration? Macular degeneration, which is characterized by a blurriness of the eye, can be caused by UV radiation. Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses, and keep your eyes out of the sun as much as possible, especially during the hot summer months.

Keep your time looking at screens to a minimum—Short-wave UV radiation can come from the blue light of screens that we use every day. According to a recent study, Americans spend about two and a half hours each day on a computer, phone, laptop, or tablet. If you work by a computer or come home from work and watch TV, make sure to give your eyes a break. We recommend the 20-20-20 rule: for every 20 minutes you spend looking at a screen, focus on something that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Protect your eyes from UV radiation. To learn more about our 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.

Firework Safety Tips

eye-safetyAt Valley Eyecare Center, we love the Fourth of July! Celebrating Independence Day is one of the most important holidays of the year. Whether you celebrate by hosting a barbecue for friends and family, or whether you celebrate by setting off a few fireworks of your own, it is important to maintain proper eye safety throughout the holiday.

Firework Eye Safety for the Fourth of July

Perform a little research—Make sure to read all the cautionary items about the fireworks you purchase so that you are familiar with the safety features and how to properly set off the fireworks. Also, be sure to look up any laws and regulations about fireworks in your area, as some areas do not allow fireworks to be set off due to the low humidity in Arizona.

Wear safety glasses—When you get ready to set off your fireworks, your eye safety is of utmost importance. Wearing safety glasses will protect your eyes from the heat of the fireworks and will also protect against anything that sparks from setting it off.

Make sure to find an open area—When you set off fireworks, you want to make sure that you have plenty of room so that nothing will spark or start a fire. Keep fireworks away from any cars or buildings.

Dispose of spent fireworks—If you have a firework that won’t light, don’t try to re-light it. This can be dangerous, especially if your face is near the firework. Simply put it to the side and dispose of it later. Once your show is complete, make sure to properly dispose of the fireworks. Make sure to wet them down and place them in a metal waste bin that is not close to any buildings.

We wish you a Happy Fourth of July! To learn more about firework eye safety, or to schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

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.

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.

The Fight Against Dry Eye

eye-healthWith the rising temperatures and the lowering humidity, it can be easy to find that your eyes become dry. If your eyes have felt dry, or even if your vision has not been as sharp as it once was, it may be time to schedule an eye exam to make sure that your eye health is at its best for the coming months.

Your Eye Health is a Priority

Know the symptoms of dry eye—If your tears do not adequately hydrate your eyes, you may experience any of the following symptoms that can affect your eye health: pain, sensitivity to light, feeling as if there is sand in your eye, redness, or blurry vision.

Limit your use of electronics, screens, and computers—Dry eye is often caused by electronic use. Staring at a computer, a television, or a phone screen can dry out your eyes, so our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center recommend that you limit the number of hours you spend looking at a screen each day in order to have optimal eye health.

Try the 20-20-20 rule—If you absolutely cannot avoid screens because of your job or other responsibilities, try the 20-20-20 rule: for every 20 minutes you spend looking at a screen, take a 20-second break and focus on something that is at least 20 feet away from you. This will help to keep your eyes hydrated, focused, and clear.

Amp up the humidity—To combat the dry air in Arizona, you can try other methods to make sure that your eyes are properly hydrated. Air humidifiers can help to increase the humidity in the air, and artificial tears can lubricate your eyes so that they do not feel as dry.

Ensure your eye health for the summer by combating dry eye! To learn more about dry eye, or to schedule your annual eye exam 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.

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.

Protect Your Eyes from Harmful UV Rays

sunglassesAs the summer months approach, it is important to make sure that your vision stays at its healthiest form. Since we live in the “Valley of the Sun”, protecting our eyes from the damaging rays of the sun is crucial. This is especially urgent as the weather gets warmer! Protect your eyes this summer with sunglasses from Valley Eyecare Center!

Sunglasses Keep Your Eyes Safe

Just as wearing sunscreen every day is beneficial for your skin, wearing sunglasses every day is helpful  for your eyes! It may seem like common sense to wear sunglasses in the summer, but even just a few moments out in the sun can affect your eyes.

Did you know that sunglasses can even prevent cancer? Up to 10 percent of all skin cancers are found directly on the eyelid, and simply wearing sunglasses can prevent these skin cancers. Do your peepers a favor and make sure to always have a quality pair of sunglasses with you!

Sunglasses can also prevent some eye problems and/or eye diseases. Cataracts, which are categorized as the clouding of the lens of the eye, are caused by UV damages. The damaging rays of the sun may also lead to macular degeneration, in which the eye suffers from blurred vision and even vision loss altogether.

Everyone, regardless of age, should wear sunglasses, especially in a state as sunny as Arizona! Don’t forget to make sure that your children wear sunglasses as well. Many children go outside without sunglasses, but the UV rays damage their eyes in the same way in which they damage an adult’s eyes. As the summer comes closer, it is especially important that children wear sunglasses, as the sun’s rays are more intense during the hottest months.

Sunglasses aren’t just great fashion accessories—they protect your eyes, too! To learn more information about the importance of sunglasses, especially in summer months, or to schedule an appointment with one of our Phoenix optometrists at Valley Eyecare 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.