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.

3 Tips to Prevent Eye Injury

eye-careDid you know that thousands of eye injuries occur each day? You may not think about your eye safety very often, but 90% of eye injuries could have been prevented with proper eye care and safety eyewear. Eye injuries can be extremely dangerous yet are easily prevented with the proper precautions. Learn more about how to properly care for your eyes to prevent injuries.

Prevent Injuries with These Eye Care Tips

Indoor safety is important in the home—Since workplaces often have many strict eye safety regulations, the home is actually the most common place that our patients get eye injuries. Inside your home, make sure that hallways are well lit and that you have railings on any stairs, as you or a guest could easily trip and potentially cause harm to the eyes.

Take caution when undertaking projects such as gardening and home improvement—We all love to fix up our homes, but you should take care to never let paints, pesticides, or fertilizers get near your eyes, as these substances have harmful chemicals in them that can damage your vision. Make sure that your eye care is maintained by taking a few precautions the next time you start a weekend project.

Be safe when you clean your house—Sometimes a deep clean is all your house needs to be spruced up, but make sure that when you clean it, you do not mix chemicals or use any intense chemicals without the added safety of goggles or safety glasses. Read all warnings and instructions provided from manufacturers about cleaning solutions and be sure to follow them, as they can be quite dangerous if used improperly.

Maintaining proper eye care starts in the home. Make sure to prevent against some of the most common eye injuries by following tips from our experts at Valley Eyecare Center. To learn more about our eye care tips, or to schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Tips for Driving at Night

eye-careSometimes even the best drivers need a little help at night, and there is certainly an added danger that comes with driving at night. According to the Department of Transportation, only 15% of vehicle miles are recorded between 7 am to 7 pm, but nearly a third of accidents occur during this time. In order to protect both your health and your eye care, it is important to follow these tips for driving at night.

Optimal Eye Care Includes Driving Safety

Take a few precautions—As soon as sun begins to set, you should turn on your headlights as a precaution to help other drivers see you. If there is a glare or extra cloud cover, your headlights can help other drivers to see you and, hopefully, avoid you if something were to go wrong.

Do not use electronic devices—The blue light is bad for your eye care anyway, and you should never use your cell phone while driving. At night, there is added danger to using an electronic device, as your eyes may have a harder time adjusting from the bright light of a screen to the darkness outside.

Wash your car regularly—A car wash can help you to see out your windows, windshield, and mirrors. Since visibility is key to driving, you will want to make sure that your car is clean enough to see out of easily.

Schedule regular eye exams—Make sure that you can read every street sign even at night by making sure that your prescription is up to date. Our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center can help you to make sure that your eyes are in proper health to drive at night.

Maintain proper eye care by taking precautions when you drive at night. To learn more about our eye care tips, or to schedule an eye exam with an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Meet Dr. Baldwin

dr-seth-baldwinWe are very excited to introduce our newest optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center! This week, we will be talking to Dr. Baldwin to learn more about his contributions to our eye care team!

New Optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center

Q: How did you end up at Valley Eyecare Center?

A: Honestly, it seemed as if it was just meant to be. I decided to join the civilian workforce after six years in the Army, and this was at the same time that Valley Eyecare Center was looking for a new optometrist to grow the practice. It has been a great fit, and I am very excited to join this team.

Q: Why did you decide to go into optometry?

A: I have always had an interest in optometry as I required glasses from a very young age. I made the decision to pursue a career in optometry while studying Physiology at the University of Arizona. After shadowing optometrists, I knew it was the right path for me.

Q: What services do you provide at Valley Eyecare Center?
A: I can provide full and comprehensive optometry services, including contact lens fitting, pediatric care, and diagnosis and management of ocular diseases.

Q: What is your favorite part of working at Valley Eyecare Center?
A: The staff. I feel very blessed to work with a team of professionals who have great attitudes and are focused on their patients.

Q: What is one piece of advice that you tell all of your patients?
A: Wear sunglasses. There are so many different ocular conditions that are associated with and accelerated by UV exposure, so it is important to make sure that you have a pair of sunglasses handy at all times.

Q: How often should you get an eye exam?

A: I recommend an annual routine eye exam if a person is not experiencing any problems and has no previously documented ocular conditions. Various reasons may necessitate more frequent care, however.

We are happy to have Dr. Baldwin on our team now! To learn more about our practice, or to schedule an eye exam with an optometrist at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.

Is Lasik Surgery the Answer?

eye-careAre you tired of glasses and contacts? Restoring your vision doesn’t mean that you have to wear either glasses or contacts. Lasik eye surgery is also a great way to correct your eyesight. Get amazing results with this eye care procedure!

Lasik Surgery and Eye Care

What is Lasik eye surgery? Lasik eye surgery is one of the leading ways to correct your vision, using a laser to correct the vision impairments in your eye. Correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, Lasik eye surgery is an option for most patients, especially those with a moderate prescription.

Is Lasik eye surgery permanent? Most of our patients have found that their results are permanent. Designed to last a lifetime, this eye care procedure is often performed only once in your lifetime. However, there are a few factors that can influence the duration of your results, and occasionally, a treatment may need to be repeated in rare cases.

What does recovery look like after the surgery? Recovery from Lasik eye surgery is fairly minimal. A full recovery takes about three to six months, as your eye needs several months to heal, but you will no longer feel pain or discomfort within a short time after treatment. Post-operation checkups are usually scheduled 24-48 hours after you have received the eye care treatment.

Am I a good candidate for treatment? Your eyes and the rest of your body must be healthy in order to receive Lasik eye surgery, and you must have had stable vision for at least a year without a significant change in your vision. You also must have a low or moderate prescription; people with high prescriptions often do not make good candidates for Lasik eye surgery.

Talk to your optometrist to learn more about whether your vision can be corrected with Lasik eye surgery! To learn more about this eye care procedure, or to schedule an eye exam with one of our optometrists at Valley Eyecare Center, call (602) 955-2700, or visit our website.