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.

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.

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.

Eye Safety During the Holidays

eye_safetyThe holidays are great opportunities to spend time with your family, friends, and those you love most. This time of year is exciting for people of all ages, but it can also be a common time for eye injuries. Make sure to keep your eye safety a priority throughout the holidays.

Holiday Eye Safety

Christmas trees—Whether you’re trimming the tree to make sure its branches look good for the inside of your home, or whether you’re decorating the tree with your children, eye safety is a must! Christmas tree-related eye injuries are fairly common throughout the holidays, so be sure to wear protective eyewear if you’re trimming the tree, and make sure not to get any glitter in your eyes or your children’s eyes while you decorate the tree! If you decorate with the tree with glass ornaments, be careful and do not hang them within reach of small children.

Toys—As you help the little ones open their toys this holiday season, make sure to get rid of any packaging that could be sharp. Also make sure that gifts are age appropriate so that your child’s eye safety is protected.

Driving—If you’re driving to visit family, don’t forget to wear sunglasses! No matter where you go in the country for your holiday season, it is important to protect your eyes. Even if you drive in snow, the sun’s rays will reflect off of the snow, and you’ll want to have your sunglasses with you in order to protect your eyes. Also, make sure to keep the windshield clean so that you can clearly see the road ahead without any glare.

To learn more about eye safety during the holiday season, or to schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Reversing Dry Eye in the Winter

Winter is harsh on your eyes, so it is important that you have the proper eye care routine for the change in season. If you’ve noticed that your eyes are irritated throughout the holidays, we’ve listed out a few tips to combat dry eye this winter.

Eye Care Tips to Hydrate Your Eyes

Dry_EyeFirst, it’s important to understand that dry eye is a serious condition and can damage the eye’s surface if it is not treated on a long-term basis. Keeping up with your eye care is extremely important, no matter the season.

Keep your contact lenses clean—Wearing contact lenses can dry out your eyes. Make sure to keep them clean, and if you use disposable lenses, ensure that you are wearing new lenses as directed. If your eyes still feel dry, try wearing eyeglasses for a few days to increase the moisture in your eyes.

Spend less time on the computer—Staring at the blue light of the computer, television, or phone screen can cause dry eye because you often do not blink enough times to lubricate your eyes. Make sure to take breaks and to look away from the computer every once in a while, no matter how much work you have to do. Since it can be hard to tear yourself away from the computer, television, or phone, you might want to try setting a timer to remind yourself to take a break.

Try eye drops—Sometimes all you need is the simple help of over-the-counter eye drops. Make sure to have some on hand so that you can hydrate your eyes during the low-humidity months of the winter.

Consult with your optometrist—If you’re concerned about your eyes, the best thing you can do is to talk to your optometrist about the problem. Schedule an appointment at Valley Eyecare Center to check on the state of your eyes.

To learn more about dry eye, or to schedule an appointment with one of our eye care specialists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Phoenix Optometrists Recommend Wearing Sunglasses Year-Round

Phoenix_optometristsNo matter the temperature or the season, it’s important to keep your eyes healthy! Phoenix optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center remind you this holiday season to protect your peepers by wearing sunglasses in the winter.

Phoenix Optometrists Recommend Sunglasses for Every Season

No matter what season it is, it’s always sunny in Phoenix. Even if it’s colder outside, the sun can still have damaging effects on your eyes. While your skin may need some sun exposure in order to get vitamin D, your eyes do not need to be directly exposed to the sun.

It is especially important to continue to wear sunglasses in the winter because the winter sun is lower in the sky, so it shines more directly into your eyes than in other seasons. Phoenix optometrists recommend that you bring sunglasses everywhere you go so that your eyes are protected.

The sun’s ultraviolet radiation can cause both short- and long-term damage to the eyes. Cataracts can often be caused by the damaging effects of the sun, as the U.V. radiation will damage the lens of the eye over time. Cataract symptoms typically include blurred or obscured vision, but in extreme cases, vision can be completely lost. Macular degeneration can also come about because of the damage of the sun. Macular degeneration, an eye disease in which the eye can completely lose vision, is also caused by exposure to U.V. rays. Both cataracts and macular degeneration occur over time, so it’s important to take action now, and a simple thing that you can do now is to wear sunglasses in the winter!

Sunglasses aren’t just great fashion accessories—they protect your eyes, too! To learn more information about the importance of sunglasses in all months, or to schedule an appointment with one of our Phoenix optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Travel Eye Safety

Eye_safetyIt’s that time of year again when we’re all traveling to see either our friends or family for Thanksgiving. While you travel this week, we have a few tips to make sure that you maintain your eye safety as you journey throughout the holidays.

Eye Safety Is Important While You Travel

Dry eyes—Whether you’re flying home or driving to a friend’s house for Thanksgiving, it’s important to lubricate your eyes. The air conditioning in both an airplane and a car can dry out your eyes, so you may want to bring some eye drops to make sure that your eyes don’t get too dry. If you plan on sleeping either on the plane or in the car, make sure to remove your contacts to keep your eyes hydrated.

Bring contact solution—To ensure your eye safety throughout the holidays, make sure to pack contact lens solution! Water is not enough to clean contact lenses and can have serious implications for your eyes.

Drink water—One of the best things you can do for your eye safety this holiday season is to drink extra water. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water each day so that your eyes and body will be hydrated enough for any obstacles you may face while you travel.

Watch out for changes in your vision—Traveling can be stressful, and any stressful event can cause changes in your vision. Keep your eyes healthy and safe by taking note of any change in your eyesight, and once the holidays are over, make sure to make an appointment at Valley Eyecare Center to check your eyes to see if your prescription has changed.

To learn more about travel eye safety, or to schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Frightened of Switching to Contacts?

Contact_lensesDid you know that over 36 million people in the United States wear contact lenses? Although this common method of correcting vision is prevalent throughout the U.S., some people are still afraid of switching to contacts. If you’re among those who are afraid of touching your eye, here are a few simple ways to conquer your fears this fall.

How to Conquer Your Fear of Contact Lenses

Talk to an optometrist. No one knows contact lenses better than an optometrist! Even some of the most qualified specialists at Valley Eyecare Center were originally afraid of using contacts, but we have a few tricks to help you get over this fear. If you have specific concerns related to your condition, make sure to discuss them at your next appointment.

Know the process. We suggest starting with the same eye each time so that it will eventually feel like second nature. With the contact lens in one index finger, use your free hand to hold your eyelid and insert the lens. Blink, and you’re done! It’s as simple as that.

Look away. Do not look directly at the contact lens as you put it into your eye. Instead, look into the mirror so that you can take some of the emotion and closeness out of the process.

Some myths aren’t true. Some people may be afraid of wearing contact lenses because they’ve heard a few myths about contacts. Rest easy knowing that your contacts cannot slide behind your eyes, and you will be able to take them out easily. They are designed to stay in and slip out easily when you remove them for the day.

Wearing contact lenses can be far more convenient than wearing eyeglasses, so do not give up. Be patient, and keep trying! For more information on contact lenses, or to schedule an appointment with a specialist at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Eye Injuries that Occur at Home

Eye_safetyDid you know that there are over one million yearly eye injuries that occur at home? Although we always like to think we’re being careful, it’s a good idea to make sure that we’re being as safe as we can, especially at home. October is Home Eye Safety Month, so we’ve listed a few tips to ensure that you stay safe this fall!

Eye Safety at Home

Cooking—Whether you’re grilling for game day or baking a cake for a birthday party, eye safety is a must, especially in Arizona, where the air is dry. Even if you’re just frying bacon on the stove, you can get a flare-up that may land in your eye if you aren’t careful. Make sure to keep your eyes sufficiently away from any hot surfaces, as they can cause serious damage to your eyes!

Cleaning—If you’re mixing chemicals or using cleaning chemicals, such as bleach, make sure to keep your distance. To be safe, wear goggles or large glasses to protect your eyes from any contact with chemicals. If you end up getting anything in your eye, make sure to wash it out and then seek medical attention. Also, be sure to keep any pesticides and fertilizers in a secure area that is safely stored, as their fumes can affect your eyes.

Avoid tripping hazards—Loose rugs, cords, and stairs are all tripping hazards that you may not even think about when you’re walking through your home. Unfortunately, if you fall, your eyes may be at risk.

Wash your hands—Your hands carry all of the dirt, dust, and debris that you encounter on a daily basis, so it’s important to keep them clean. Always remember to wash your hands before touching your face.

Of course, if you’re going out, sunglasses are a must! To learn more about eye safety, contact one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center by calling (602) 955-2700 or by visiting our website.

Sports Eye Safety Month

Eye_safetyAlthough the Olympics may be over, you may still be in the Olympic mood to play sports and unleash your inner athlete. Whether you’re picking up a sport for the first time, have been a pro for many years, or whether your kids are trying out for a fall team, it is important to remember to be safe. While you may think of putting on shin guards or kneepads to ensure your safety, you should also be sure to protect your eyes from any potential injury. Since September is Sports Eye Safety Month, we have outlined a few tips to make sure that your eyes will be unaffected as you make your way down the court or the baseball field. Read on to learn more about sports eye safety!

Sports Eye Safety

All sports can pose as a potential threat to your eyes, but some are more dangerous than others. Basketball, baseball, boxing, soccer, and any sport involving a racquet are considered “high-risk sports” in which participants should wear protective eyewear. Although high-risk sports may pose the greatest dangers to your eye safety, lower-risk sports can also damage your eye health. In just a game of racquetball alone, the ball can travel between 60 and 200 miles per hour. Since there is a quickly moving object involved in almost any sport, you should make sure to protect your eyes.

How can you ensure that your eyes are safe? Sports goggles are available for nearly all sports, and these polycarbonate goggles will protect your eyes from fast-moving objects. Sports goggles can even be made to have prescription lenses if you need corrected vision. Eye safety can make a huge difference in a game—don’t neglect your eyes the next time you hit the court!

To learn more information about sports eye safety, or to learn more information about our clinic, call Valley Eye Care Center at (602) 955-2700 or visit our website.