Do’s and Don’ts for Contact Wearers

contactsKeeping your contacts in their best condition is important! If you wear contacts, make sure to follow these simple tips!

Tips for Maintaining Contacts

Do:

  • Wash your hands before touching your contacts or your eyes
  • Clean your contacts after you wash them
  • Clean your contacts if you drop one of the lenses
  • Blink often to keep your contacts clean
  • Update your prescription annually
  • Remove your contacts if your eyes are dry
  • Carry a storage case unless you need to take your contacts out during the day, and keep a pair of eyeglasses handy so that you can switch if needed
  • Replace contact solution after it has been open for a month
  • Close your eyes if you use hairspray—this product may leave residue on your lenses!
  • Apply makeup after you put your contacts in, and remove lenses before removing your makeup
  • Consult your optometrist if you are concerned about your vision

Don’t:

  • Wear contacts if your eyes are itchy, irritated, red, or dry
  • Use the wrong chemicals to clean your contacts
  • Mix up your lenses—to avoid this, make sure to pick an eye and always put your contact lens in the selected eye first
  • Rub your eyes vigorously
  • Leave your contacts out in the heat
  • Share cosmetics, especially ones around the eye
  • Apply eyeliner to the inner eyelid, as this can touch your contact lenses
  • Touch your eyes without washing them first
  • Take many naps with your contacts in

Maintaining your contact lenses doesn’t have to be difficult, but it will take some getting used to if you are new to wearing contacts. To learn more about our tips about wearing contacts, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

3 Ways to Improve Your Vision

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Improving your vision doesn’t have to be difficult. Of course, an eye exam is crucial to improving your eye health, and an optometrist can also tell you more about the state of your eyes to create a targeted eye care plan for you. Improve your vision by following these tips!

An Eye Exam Can Improve Your Vision

Eat right for your vision—Vitamins and minerals aren’t just great for your overall health. They can also help you to maintain good eye health. Make sure that you’re eating plenty of vitamins A, C, and E, as well also minerals such as copper and zinc. Foods that contain these vitamins and minerals include dark leafy greens, egg yolks, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and carrots.

Get an eye exam—Nothing can tell you more about the state of your eyes better than getting an eye exam. At your eye exam, an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center can also help you to form a customized plan to improve your vision based on your individual needs. Whether you want contacts or eyeglasses, your vision will be improved by an eye exam!

Get plenty of rest—Nothing quite tires our eyes more than not getting enough sleep. Sleep also allows your eyes to rest, repair, and recover, so if you aren’t getting enough sleep, your vision may be affected. If you have been working a lot, make sure to rest your eyes every once in a while, especially if you are in front of the computer.

Put your eye health first this winter by coming in for an eye exam! To learn more about improving your vision, or to schedule an appointment with an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Eye Care and Diabetes

eye-careYour eye care is related to your overall health. If you have diabetes, your eye care routine may be different from typical eye care routines, as problems related to diabetes can affect your vision. Learn more about how to keep your overall health and your eye health in optimal condition if you have diabetes.

Eye Care Routines for Those with Diabetes

Schedule regular appointments—Did you know that high blood sugar can damage the blood vessels in your eyes? This high blood sugar, which is associated with diabetes, can lead to an eye condition known as diabetic retinopathy.

Have your cholesterol levels under control—You have two types of cholesterol: the good (HDL) and the bad (LDL). Too much of the bad cholesterol can lead to blood vessel damage, which can be harmful to your eye care, as a blood vessel could pop in your eyes.

Eat well—Make sure that you get enough of your daily recommended food groups—fruits, vegetables, proteins, dairy, and grains. If your diet is becoming an issue, be sure to make an appointment with a nutritionist or dietician so that you can eat right for your body.

Exercise regularly—Of course, working out is great for your mind and body, as it helps you to become a healthier person. However, if rigorous work outs are too much for you, make sure to remain active in other ways. This can include taking a walk throughout the day or even running errands, as you often have to walk or move around to accomplish daily tasks.

Keeping up with your eye care routine includes being healthy every day. To learn more about how diabetes can affect your eye care, or to schedule an appointment with an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Fall Foods for Great Eyesight

We’ve all heard that carrots are great for your eye health, but did you know that carrots aren’t the only foods that can improve your vision? Eat your way to better eyesight with these popular fall foods!

Boost Your Vision with These Fall Foods

Eye_HealthLeafy greens—Leafy greens are great for your body, and they’re also great for your eyes! They’re loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that help to prevent macular degeneration and other visual impairments, especially cataracts.

Almonds—Loaded with protein, almonds are great snacks that contain tons of antioxidants and vitamin E. Just a handful of almonds a day can provide half of your daily dose of vitamin E, which can slow or help to prevent macular degeneration.

Salmon and other fatty fish—Fatty fish contain high amounts of DHA, which is an amino acid that is found in your retina. Without this protein, you may suffer from dry eye, so it is important to make sure that you include fish in your diet to promote optimal eye health.

Dairy—As long as you’re not lactose intolerant, make sure to have some extra cheese and butter on those mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving! Dairy contains extra amounts of vitamin A and zinc, which protect the cornea and bring vitamins from the liver to the eyes.

Don’t forget the 3 B’s—Broccoli, bell peppers, and Brussel sprouts are all important vegetables for your eyesight! Don’t scrimp on veggies—these three can all boost your levels of vitamin C, which helps not only your immune system but also your vision by preventing age-related eyesight problems, such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

Eat right for your body and for your vision! Don’t forget about these important foods, especially as the holidays approach! To learn more about which foods are great for your eye health, or to schedule an appointment with an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website. Happy Thanksgiving from Valley Eyecare Center!

Child Friendly Eye Exam

eye-examAs a parent, there’s nothing more important than your children. Did you know that up to 80% of your what your child learns is obtained visually? In order for your kid to have the best chance to learn, he or she needs to see well, and an eye exam can help to improve your child’s chances of learning.

Eye Exams for Children

Do you know if it’s time for your child’s eye exam? Below, we’ve listed a few indicators that could signify that your child is in need of an appointment at Valley Eyecare Center.

  • If your child has been squinting or rubbing his or her eyes to see better, there is a good chance that your child is having a hard time focusing. And if focusing at home is an issue, your child is probably also having a difficult time focusing at school, so it may be time for an eye exam.
  • Does your child complain about headaches or dizziness? An occasional headache or dizzy spell doesn’t necessarily mean that your child has a vision problem, but if these symptoms have been occurring more frequently than usual, this may be a sign that your child is having trouble seeing properly and should come into our office for an eye exam.
  • If your child typically enjoys reading but has stopped or no longer reads as much as he or she used to, this may also be an indicator that reading is becoming difficult because of a vision problem.

Your child’s vision is important for his or her academic success! At Valley Eyecare Center, our optometrists offer child-friendly eye exams that are tailored to your child’s needs. To learn more about our eye exams, or to schedule an appointment with an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Can Cheap Sunglasses Cause Eye Damage?

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Sunglasses are an important aspect of your eye care routine year-round! Even though the temperature may be cooling off, the sun’s rays can still damage your eyes and can even have a more severe effect in the winter, as the rays can be more reflective if there is cloud cover. But did you know that even if you wear sunglasses, your eyes may still not be protected? Learn more about the dangers of wearing the wrong sunglasses.

Eye Care and Your Sunglasses

Sunglasses should block out two types of UV

 rays—If your sunglasses do not block out both UVA and UVB rays (the two most damaging sun rays), you may even be doing more damage to your eyes than going without sunglasses at all. Because sunglasses block some of the sun and allow your pupils to dilate more than they would by squinting, you are actually letting more of the rays into your eyes by wearing sunglasses. Sunglasses that block out UVA and UVB rays will protect your eyes and are an important measure for your eye care, as sunglasses that do not block harmful rays can actually let in those rays and damage your eyes.

Even if you wear UV-blocking contacts, you should still wear UV-blocking sunglasses—Your contact lenses may not offer 100% protection, so it’s still a good idea to wear UV-blocking sunglasses. This way, you can also wear these sunglasses without worrying if you take your contacts out or change lenses.

Cheap sunglasses may not match your prescription—If you wear glasses, you will want to make sure that your sunglasses are prescription lenses. If you have been wearing sunglasses without a prescription, your eyes may have a difficult time adjusting, and you may cause unnecessary strain on your eyes.

Treat your eyes right by protecting from the damaging rays of the sun! To learn more about our eye care tips, or to schedule an annual eye exam with an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Women’s Eye Health

eye-healthDid you know that men and women have different reactions to some of the most common eye problems? Because women typically live longer than men, women tend to develop eye conditions that occur later in life. Learn more about the differences between men’s and women’s eye health.

Eye Health for Women

Women are more likely to have vision problems—Approximately two-thirds of people who are visually impaired are women. These impairments can range from astigmatism to blindness, and women seem to be the most affected by any visual impairment.

Women are more susceptible to eye diseases—Women face an increased risk of developing dry eye, age-related macular degeneration, and cataracts. Women with diabetes also face a higher risk of developing age-related eye conditions.

Hormones play a role in your eyesight— Taking care of your hormones is important not only for your overall health but also for your eye health! Although many experts are still searching for why women have increased risks for developing certain vision problems, hormones are thought to play a factor. For women in particular, estrogen levels can influence the severity and the intensity of dry eye.

Vitamin D helps your eyes—Many women find that as they get older, they have to change their vitamin intake. As you age, you may find it harder to get the proper amount of vitamin D, and many women often suffer from a deficiency of vitamin D, even if they may not know it. A lack of vitamin D can also lead to vision problems.

Women’s eye health is extremely important! In addition to diet and exercise, coming in for a regular eye exam can also help to ensure that your eye health is in its best condition. To learn more about women’s eye health, or to schedule an appointment with an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Ocular Conditions

eye-examHave you recently noticed a change in your eyes or your vision? Although some ocular conditions may be more obvious to treat, others may not have any visible signs or symptoms. To make sure that your eyes are in their optimal condition, make sure to come into Valley Eyecare Center for a regular eye exam!

Eye Exams Discover Eye Conditions

Low vision—Low vision is a condition in which a person loses a certain amount of eyesight. Everyday tasks can become difficult to complete with this ocular condition. Although most people who have trouble seeing can regain their vision with medication, surgery, glasses, or other options, people with low vision cannot regain their sight and will experience permanent vision loss.

Color blindness—Despite its name, color blindness does not mean that you are actually blind; you simply have a deficiency in the way you see color. Although seemingly obvious, some people do not know that they are color blind until they receive an eye exam that tests for this condition. The most popular form of color blindness is red-green, in which these two colors are often confused for each other.

Cataracts—A cataract is generally categorized as a clouding of the eye’s lens, which lies directly behind the pupil. Cataracts are most often found in people who are 50 years or older. About half of the population suffers from a cataract by the time they are 65 years old. Discovered by an optometrist during an eye exam, cataracts can be treated through a surgery that will restore your vision.

Glaucoma—Glaucoma is a condition that increases pressure within the eye, and it can eventually cause a gradual loss of vision. Although there is no cure for glaucoma, your optometrist may recommend certain eye drops to help you maintain your current level of vision.

Make sure that your eyes in proper health by coming in for an eye exam! To learn more about ocular conditions, or to schedule an appointment with an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

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.