Led by board-certified ophthalmologist and LASIK surgeon, Jay L. Schwartz, D.O., Schwartz Laser Eye Center provides a wide range of advanced eye care and treats a comprehensive array of vision disorders. In fact, Dr. Schwartz serves as the team ophthalmologist for the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Mercury and the team LASIK ophthalmologist for the Arizona Coyotes. Having performed more than 40,000 LASIK surgeries, and offering IntraLASIK and Custom LASIK procedures, it’s no wonder why professional athletes trust the Schwartz Laser Eye Center.
Routine Eye Care
You can count on the professionals at Schwartz Laser Eye Center for specialized care of the eyes and visual system. Basic services include:
- Regular eye exams
- Diagnosis and corrective treatment of refractive eye disorders, including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism and presbyopia
- Prescription glasses and sunglasses
Specialized in Laser Vision Correction
At the Schwartz Laser Eye Center, we have extensive experience in providing patients with advanced laser vision correction. With a keen eye on personalized attention and service in a comfortable and friendly environment, we strive to provide you with the highest quality ophthalmic care possible, resulting in excellent vision outcomes. In addition to traditional LASIK, we do offer several customized approaches, including:
- PRK (photorefractive keratectomy)
- Clear lens extraction
- Visian ICL
Comprehensive Treatment for Eye Disorders
In addition to providing advanced eye care and state-of-the-art refractive surgical options, Dr. Jay L. Schwartz is highly experienced in diagnosing and treating a wide range of eye disorders — from the most common to the more complex visual conditions:
- Corneal abrasion and erosion
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Dry eye or excessive tearing
- Floaters and flashes
- Fuchs’ dystrophy
- Herpes simplex eye disease
- Ischemic optic neuropathy
- Macular degeneration
- Ocular rosacea
- Pterygium and pinguecula
- Ptosis in children and adults
- Subconjunctival hemorrhage
- Thyroid eye disorders
Contact us to schedule your eye appointment with the eye care team at Schwartz Laser Eye Center.
Eye Health Tips and Injury Prevention
Preventing an eye problem is better than having to overcome one. That’s why board-certified ophthalmologist and LASIK surgeon, Jay L. Schwartz, D.O., of Schwartz Laser Eye Center, encourages you to stay current with your preventive services, which are important for eye health and disease prevention. Your eyes are an important part of your overall health and wellness and there are many things you can do in your day-to-day life to keep your eyes healthy. Here are a few tips for maintaining healthy eyes:
Schedule a comprehensive dilated eye exam. A dilated eye exam is the only way to detect diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and age-related macular degeneration, which are common and have no warning signs. During a comprehensive dilated eye exam, we will place drops in the eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupil to allow more light to enter the eye. This enables us to better examine eyes for any signs of damage or disease. Routine eye exams help to detect eye diseases in their early stages.
Know your family’s eye health history. Talk to your family members about their eye health history. It’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with an eye disease or condition, since many are hereditary. This information will help to determine if you’re at higher risk for developing an eye disease or condition.
Eat right to protect your sight. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables — particularly dark leafy greens, such as spinach, kale, or collard greens — is important for keeping eyes healthy. Research also indicates that there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and halibut.
Maintain a healthy body weight. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, which can further lead to vision loss, diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma.
Wear protective eyewear during physical activities. Whether playing sports or doing projects around the home, it’s important to wear the appropriate protective eyewear. Safety glasses and goggles, safety shields and eye guards are specifically designed to provide the correct protection for the activity in which you’re engaged. Most protective eyewear lenses are made of polycarbonate, which is 10 times stronger than other plastics. Also, always wear protective eyewear whenever handling hazardous solvents and detergents (regular eyeglasses may not provide enough protection).
Practice workplace eye safety. Employers are required to provide a safe work environment. When protective eyewear is required as a part of a job, make a habit of wearing the appropriate type of protection at all times, and encourage your coworkers to do the same.
If you smoke, quit. Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataract and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.
Wear the right sunglasses. Aside from being a great fashion accessory, sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Only buy sunglasses that block 99 – 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B radiation.
Rest your eyes. If you spend a lot of time at a computer or focus on any one thing, you may sometimes forget to blink and can fatigue your eyes. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This short exercise can help reduce eyestrain.
Clean your hands and your contact lenses properly. Avoid the risk of infection by always washing your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out contact lenses. Make sure to disinfect contact lenses as instructed and replace them as appropriate.