Health and Your Eyes

What is the Best Way to Treat Eye Allergies?

Regardless of the time of year, allergies can cause a huge disruption to your daily life. They can make you feel worn down, sick, tired, and downright uncomfortable. Allergies are irritating, but in most instances, not severe enough to cause long-term problems. However, identifying and treating eye allergies is essential to getting relief. Since there are many symptoms of eye allergies that mirror eye infections and more serious cases of [...]

How Important is it to Get Regular Eye Exams?

Taking care of your health is important, especially as you continue to age. While many of us focus on eating a healthy diet, increasing physical exercise levels, practicing meditation or relaxation techniques to reduce stress, and seeing a general practitioner yearly for check-ups, we often neglect specialized care for one of our most relied upon body part—the eyes. Your eyes have millions of nerve cells and receptors that allow [...]

Dirty Dozen Cosmetic Ingredients

Instead of using cosmetics with an ingredients list that you can't read and don't understand, it's time to get educated. There are a number of ingredients that have been shown to cause cancer, expedite tumor growth, and have all around adverse health effects. Rather than continuing to use your cosmetics without understanding what they are doing, the David Suzuki Foundation has created a survey of chemicals. The worst chemicals in [...]

Blue Light: The 3 Most Important Things You Need to Know

We are naturally exposed to blue light a high-energy, short-wavelength form of light on the visible spectrum via sunlight. But in recent years, it's been getting more attention due to our increasingly higher levels of exposure from electronic devices and the potential impact on our eyes and overall health. Here are the key things you need to be aware of: 1. Sources of blue light Our bodies are designed to [...]

How Diopsys Technology Can Help Your Vision!

Val Vista Vision is the only practice in Gilbert that can provide you with state-of-the-art Diopsys vision screening. Here is how this cutting edge technology can preserve your vision. How Diopsys helps Diopsys is an innovative vision test that can detect glaucoma three years earlier than other tests. This is important because over 3 million Americans have glaucoma but don't know it, and if left untreated for too long, glaucoma [...]

Vision Care: Concussion Aftercare

After a diagnosis of a concussion, your doctor may feel the need to have you follow up with an eye care specialist. At Val Vista Vision, we have developed a special protocol for treating patients with concussions. Vision care, concussion or not, should be considered an important part of your healthcare plan. Our three-appointment regimen will help pinpoint any problem areas and then provide treatments. The first visit will be [...]

6 Things You Can Do to Get Relief from Dry Eyes

Whether your dry eyes are a mild annoyance or much more bothersome, there are many things you can do for both immediate and long-term improvement. 1. Manage your environment Drafts and wind tend to worsen dryness of the eyes, so minimize your exposure. Avoid ceiling fans or position yourself as far away from them as possible. Aim your vehicle's air conditioning vents away from your face. Protective eyewear can also [...]

Papilledema Facts You Need to Know

Papilledema (PE) is a swelling of the optic nerve that's caused by increased intracranial pressure. The key to fixing it is to correctly diagnose the cause of the increased intracranial pressure and eliminate it. Here are some of the key facts you need to know about this condition. Causes of raised intracranial pressure There are many possible causes of PE, including: -head injuries (PE can occur immediately, or as long [...]

It’s Brain Injury Awareness Month – Get the Lowdown on Concussions

Since it's Brain Injury Awareness Month, now is a good time to increase your awareness about concussions, and the important role your vision plays in all this. To maximize your odds of avoiding a concussion, you need to know what it is, what it can do to you, and how to prevent it. What causes a concussion and why does it matter? They can be the result of a hard [...]

Have Your Vision Checked After a Concussion

A recent article in Optometry & Vision Science offered solid evidence that comprehensive vision assessments should be considered in children who have had a concussion. Especially if the children report academic difficulty and trouble in the development of return-to-learn protocols, as they may be suffering from a concussion-related visual disorder. It was discovered that of the children who had suffered a concussion and presented three of more concussive symptoms for [...]