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Address:

8416 E. Shea Blvd.,
Suite C-101
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260

18275 N. 59th Avenue,
Suite B-108
Glendale, Arizona 85308

Phone:
480-483-EYES (3937)
1-888-553-EYES

General Eye Care

The Schwartz Laser Eye Center recommends that you have yearly eye exams. An eye exam will not only determine your vision but may also detect eye disorders that you may not be aware of, some needing treatment immediately to prevent further loss of vision or damage to the eye.

Optical

Schwartz Laser Eye Center has on-site optical at both the Scottsdale and Glendale locations staffed with opticians that have a combined 36 years of optical experience. They attend numerous continuing education seminars to keep current on the latest technological advances in the optical industry.

At Schwartz Laser Eye Center, we pride ourselves on our “something for everyone” philosophy. Our frame selections range in price from $69.00 to higher end fashion designer frames like BCBG, Dolce Gabbana, DKNY and Silhouette as well as, an extensive line of premium sunglasses by Maui Jim, Oakley, Kaenon and others.

We provide our patients with the very best in optical lens technology by using state of the art optical fabrication laboratories right here in the valley. We have products such as; Teflon and Crizal anti-reflective lens coatings, a full line of Transitions photo-chromic lenses as well as a myriad of progressive multi-focal lenses and sunglass options to choose from depending on your specific lifestyle needs.

Schwartz Laser Eye Center also fits and dispenses contact lenses; anything from disposable and extended wear soft lenses to gas permeable and hard contact lenses. We can also order specialty lenses from the Nike/ Bausch & Lomb sport line geared toward baseball players, golfers and fisherman who want that visual edge. Once you and our Doctors determine which lenses are best for you, our opticians will place your order.

Stop in and let our experienced optical staff assist you in selecting the best lenses for your prescription and the perfect frame to help you look your best.

Schwartz Laser Eye Center participates with multiple vision plans including, VSP, Spectera, Superior Vision and NVA.

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Contact Lenses/Glasses Fitting

Contact lenses come in a wide variety of styles, including soft (daily and disposable) lenses and rigid/hard gas permeable lenses. Each type has advantages and disadvantages that our doctors will discuss with you as the selection of proper lenses is made. Our doctors specialize in complicated fittings on patients who have had problems wearing contacts or achieving the desired vision in the past.

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Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration is rare among younger individuals, but is a fairly common cause of vision loss in individuals over the age of 50. Deterioration of the Macula causes blurry vision when an object is directly looked at but typically the peripheral vision is unaffected.

Effective treatment of Macular Degeneration is not yet available; however, this condition can be managed and further development of the disease can be prevented through routine eye exams.

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Dry Eyes

Dry eyes are very common, especially in Arizona. Increased exposure to the sun, wind, dust, smog and air conditioners may cause or aggravate dry eyes. Dry eyes may also result naturally through aging, sinus ailments, allergy symptoms, medications and wearing contact lenses.

Frequent tearing or “watering” of the eyes is a common symptom, caused by the eye over compensating for the dryness. Patients also complain their eyes are itchy, burning, red or feel like they have grit in their eyes.

The most common treatment is to either block or close the tear ducts; restricting the eyes natural drainage process, keeping the eyes lubricated. This can be accomplished by inserting either a temporary or permanent plug called a “punctal plug”, or by using a laser to permanently close the tear duct opening.

For minor cases the doctor may also prescribe the use of artificial tears as an alternative.

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Conjunctivitis – "Red Eye"

Conjunctivitis is one of the most common causes of red, irritated eyes commonly called pink eye.This can be caused by a virus or can be bacterial in origin. Further more it’s not uncommon to have the typical cold symptoms before, during or after Conjunctivitis.

Conjunctivitis is contagious, you can spread the virus by coughing, sneezing or through sharing items that touch the eye, like makeup, face towels or eye drops. Treatment may vary according to the cause of Conjunctivitis; therefore it is important to have a thorough eye exam.

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Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy is a diabetic complication caused by abnormal changes in the small veins and arteries of the retina (i.e. they begin to leak.) Fluid and blood, which spills onto the retina, can cause permanent damage. The retina then sends distorted images to the brain causing vision problems.

Once diagnosed by the doctor and with careful monitoring this condition can be treated before sight is affected.

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Corneal Eye Disease

The cornea is the transparent outer surface of the eye and the primary focusing element. It allows light into the eyes and refracts (bends) the light rays to help the lens focus them onto the retina. To perform properly, the cornea must be clear, free from any irregularities and have the proper curvature.

Dr. Schwartz has extensive experience in several forms of corneal eye disease and disorders including corneal abrasions, ruptures and transplants, chelation and pterygium removal.

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Glaucoma

Glaucoma affects between 2 and 3 million Americans per year and is one of the leading causes of blindness. Typically the patient is given no signs that they have glaucoma, reinforcing the need to have yearly eye exams.

Glaucoma can result from changing pressure within the eye. When the pressure is too high, damage may be done to the optic nerves, which carry messages to the brain. There are several types of Glaucoma, with the most common called Chronic Open Angle Glaucoma. Chronic Open Angle Glaucoma is typically painless and causes gradual vision loss. Acute Glaucoma is less common but develops quickly and is usually accompanied with severe eye pain, requiring immediate treatment.

Dr. Jay L. Schwartz can treat all types of glaucoma either through prescribed medications or surgically by using a laser.

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