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The Many Benefits of Multifocal Contact Lenses May 3rd, 2021

Multifocal contact lenses are specially designed with different power zones to correct multiple vision problems. This makes them especially beneficial to people with presbyopia, an age-related near vision problem, who also have near-sightenedness or astigmatism. This isn’t the only advantage offered by multifocal contacts. The optometrists at Valley Eye Professionals...

Should I Seek Help for My Stye? Apr 1st, 2021

If you have eyelid pain, an inflamed eyelid, or a lump on your eyelid, it could be a stye. Styes may be painful and unsightly, but they generally don’t require medical intervention. These sore, red bumps that form on the upper or lower eyelid near your eyelashes develop in response...

Protect Yourself Against Dry, Itchy Eyes This Spring Mar 1st, 2021

When spring rolls around, you may find yourself appreciating the beautiful weather but not enjoying the dry, itchy eyes that come with the season. Don’t just assume you have allergies when eye irritation flares up, however. The symptoms that accompany seasonal allergies and chronic dry eye can be similar. It’s...

Your First Steps After an Eye Injury Feb 2nd, 2021

A blow, scratch, or chemical burn in your eye isn’t something you should treat as a wait-and-see type of injury. Failing to get immediate care could lead to infection, vision impairment, and even vision loss. If you’ve experienced an eye injury, even if it seems minor, come in to see...

Are You at Risk for Macular Degeneration? Jan 1st, 2021

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of permanent vision loss in people older than 60. At Valley Eye Professionals in the Studio City area of Los Angeles, California, we can help you with medications, laser therapy, and specialized vision aids if you already have some vision changes or loss due...

Tips for Caring for Your New Glasses Dec 1st, 2020

You’ve taken time to make sure your new pair of glasses look just right on your face. They match your face shape, highlight your features, and complement your coloring.  Proper care keeps your glasses looking and functioning like new long after you’ve left the Valley Eye Professionals office in the...

Do You Have Astigmatism? Oct 1st, 2020

If you have astigmatism, there’s no need to panic. This common and very treatable eye condition occurs when there’s an imperfection in the curve of your cornea or lens. Instead of being shaped in a round circle, they have a surface that’s shaped more like an egg. As a result,...

Two Types of Macular Degeneration Sep 2nd, 2020

Up to 11 million people in the United States have experienced age-related macular degeneration. It’s an incurable eye disease and the leading cause of vision loss. Macular degeneration can develop as either dry or wet types.  At Valley Eye Professionals, our eye health experts help people in the Los Angeles...

Understanding Diabetic Retinopathy Aug 11th, 2020

More than two in every five people in the United States with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes have some form of diabetic retinopathy. This eye condition can lead to severe vision loss and even blindness if diabetes isn’t managed or the retinopathy goes untreated. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the...

Eye Care and COVID-19: What You Should Know Jul 15th, 2020

Maintaining your eye health is critical, especially if you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, glaucoma, or cataracts. Injuries and urgent symptoms, such as floaters or loss of vision, also need immediate attention — despite your concerns about visiting the doctor due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although keeping your...

Contact Lenses Versus Glasses — What's Best for Your Lifestyle? Jun 23rd, 2020

More than 4 billion people around the world have some form of vision impairment. In the United States, three out of every four people wear some sort of corrective lenses. Glasses are by far people’s top choice, but that doesn’t mean they’re right for you. For people looking to choose...

Seeing More Clearly With LASIK May 13th, 2020

Imagine waking up and seeing clearly without fumbling for your glasses or putting in contact lenses. LASIK surgery is a safe and quick way to achieve this dream. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and takes just 20 minutes, but it gives you freedom of vision so you...

The Many Causes of Chronic Red Eyes Apr 1st, 2020

Red eyes occur when the tiny blood vessels located between the sclera and the clear conjunctiva of your eye dilate. Usually, you can’t see these vessels, but irritation, infection, or injury can cause them to become inflamed. Red eyes have more than two dozen possible causes. Here at Valley Eye...

What Is Astigmatism? Mar 1st, 2020

Astigmatism is a big word for a common condition. It’s diagnosed when your cornea, the transparent front part of your eye that refracts light, has an irregular shape, leading to problems with your vision. A normal cornea is spherical. If you have astigmatism, it’s shaped more like a football. As...

Cataracts 101: What They Are and What to Do About Them Feb 1st, 2020

Cataracts affect more than 24 million Americans over 40 and half of all Americans by age 75. These cloudy eye lenses severely impact your vision and quality of life. The condition affects your eyesight gradually, but it may eventually lead to loss of vision. At Valley Eye Professionals, we can...

5 Tips for Managing Winter Dry Eye Jan 1st, 2020

Winter weather means lower humidity, colder winds, and stuffy indoor heat. This combination can make for conditions that irritate your eyes. Moisture evaporates more quickly, so you may notice grittiness, irritation, and a stuck feeling. You may be especially uncomfortable in winter if you suffer from an official diagnosis of...

5 Reasons to Consider LASIK Eye Surgery Dec 1st, 2019

Hundreds of thousands of people in the United States choose LASIK every year for vision correction. This simple and effective laser eye surgery can reform your vision — reshaping your cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism — and help you see more clearly than you ever have. The team...

Why It's So Important to Wear Sunglasses Year-Round Nov 1st, 2019

Sunglasses protect your delicate eyes from the damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. These rays are present year-round, even on cloudy days and during the dead of winter. At Valley Eye Professionals, we care about the eye health of our patients. Read on to learn why you shouldn’t skip...

How Does Diabetes Affect Your Eyes? Oct 1st, 2019

Regular eye exams play a key role in keeping your eyes as healthy as possible. Regular checkups are especially vital if you have chronic conditions that put your eye health at risk, such as diabetes. Doctors recommend that you have an eye exam at least once a year. A comprehensive...

Bad Habits That Could Be Increasing Your Risk of Eye Infection Sep 4th, 2019

Bacteria, viruses, and fungi cause different types of eye infections, and all parts of the eye are vulnerable to infection. Symptoms such as redness, discharge, and irritation are telltale signs that your eye is infected. Eye infections have various causes, and certain daily habits could boost your chances of developing...

Myths and Facts About Contact Lenses Aug 9th, 2019

Seeing well is essential to quality of life. You need good vision to perform daily activities such as driving and reading, and good vision contributes to your independence and well-being. If you have correctable vision, various options are available to improve your sight, including contact lenses. Other options are laser...

Summertime Tips for Dealing With Chronic Dry Eye Jul 25th, 2019

For most people, summer means frolicking at the beach, hiking, fishing, and enjoying other outdoor activities. For people with chronic dry eye, summer means an uptick in stinging, burning, and scratchy sensations in your eyes. Symptoms of chronic dry eye can make you dread summertime, but you don’t have to...

Who Is Most Susceptible to Macular Degeneration? Jun 21st, 2019

Macular degeneration affects more than 10 million Americans and is the No. 1 cause of blindness. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with macular degeneration or if you suspect that you’re at risk, arming yourself with knowledge can go a long way in helping you protect your vision. It’s important to...

Choosing the Right Glasses for Your Face Shape May 20th, 2019

When you try on glasses and check yourself out in the mirror, you may notice that some pairs look better than others. The frame shape and the shape of your face are two factors to consider when shopping for glasses. You have a winning combination when your face shape and...

What’s It Really Like to Get LASIK? Apr 23rd, 2019

LASIK, or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, is the most commonly performed eye surgery in the United States. It treats nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, giving many patients an opportunity to ditch their glasses and contact lenses. If you’re considering LASIK, the idea of having the procedure may stir up excitement. However,...

What Does a Comprehensive Eye Exam Entail? Mar 14th, 2019

Only a comprehensive eye exam by a skilled optometrist can ensure that you’re free of vision problems and potentially serious eye diseases. Regular vision exams play a key role in preventive eye care. An eye care specialist can detect eye problems that can have subtle symptoms you might not notice....

You Don’t Have to Live With Dry Eyes: Learn More About Possible Treatment Options Feb 1st, 2019

Dry, itchy eyes can really put a damper on your day. Temporary dry eyes due to issues like a change in environment cause a minor annoyance; however, some people experience persistent dry eyes for weeks or months at a time. When this happens, it’s important to see an optometrist for...

How Cataracts Impact Your Vision Jan 9th, 2019

More than 24 million Americans age 40 and older have cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens. While cataracts mostly occur in seniors, anyone can develop this eye condition. Cataracts can severely impact your eyesight and your quality of life. Cataract surgery can correct this. If you have a cataract,...

What to Look for in Sunglasses & the Importance of Wearing Them Year-Round, Especially in SoCal Dec 18th, 2018

Do you buy sunglasses solely based on style? Your look is an important consideration, of course, but other factors also matter when it comes to choosing the best shades for you, especially when you live in an area that gets abundant sunshine year-round. Much like your skin, your eyes are...

Why You Need a First-Class Eye Doctor on Your Diabetes Care Team Nov 20th, 2018

Valley Eye Professionals is pleased to join with medical professionals across the United States in observing November as National Diabetes Month. Diabetes is a complex metabolic disorder that often requires a team of medical specialists for the comprehensive care you need to manage this increasingly common condition. Along with a...

How to Prevent Contact-Related Eye Infections Oct 26th, 2018

Contact lenses may be one of the easiest ways to improve your vision, but they also significantly increase your risk of eye infections. Eye infections develop whenever harmful microorganisms, like fungi, bacteria, and viruses, enter any part of your eye or surrounding areas. The most common symptoms of an eye...

7 Tips for Protecting Vision as You Age Sep 19th, 2018

There are few upsides to aging as your body’s systems begin to succumb to years of wear and tear, but aging gracefully, with your health intact, is possible with a few preventive measures — especially when it comes to your eyesight. At Valley Eye Professionals, we partner with our patients...