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By Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana
January 25, 2022
Category: Eye Health
Tags: Eye Conditions  

If you’re concerned about eye loss & age in Baton Rouge, LA, the ophthalmologists at Retina and Vitreous of Louisiana can help. They also have satellite offices in Alexandria, Central Baton Rouge, Covington, Denham Springs, Hammond, New Roads, Opelousas, and Zachary for your convenience.

Common Age-Related Eye Conditions

Age can take a toll on vision in several ways. Some of the most common age-related conditions include those below.

  • Dry eyes: The eyes produce fewer natural tears as you age, which can lead to chronic dry eyes.
  • Farsightedness: Aging typically brings on presbyopia or farsightedness. This condition makes it difficult to focus on nearby objects, such as a book or newspaper.
  • Loss of contrast sensitivity: Aging can lead to difficulty distinguishing between objects of the same color, especially when objects are in the background.
  • Glare sensitivity: It’s common to be more sensitive to the glare of the sun, lights, or digital screens as you get older.
  • Trouble seeing at night: Driving can be harder at night as you age as the eye’s rods tend to weaken.
  • Flashes: Many older adults begin to see some flashes of light in their line of vision. If those flashes begin to come more often, it’s important to speak to your eye doctor.
  • Floaters: For many aging adults, the vitreous humor can shrink and thicken, leading to clumps of gel in the eye. This causes spots or floaters in their vision.
  • Glaucoma: Glaucoma can occur at any age, but it's more common as people age. It can eventually lead to full blindness if it’s not addressed early enough.
  • AMD: Age-related macular degeneration occurs when the retina begins to deteriorate or leaky blood vessels form under the retina. AMD leads to loss of central vision.
  • Cataracts: Many people develop cataracts or cloudy eyes as they age. It's typically due to a breakdown of the proteins in the eye’s lens.

Treatment for Age-Related Eye Changes

The ophthalmologists at Retina and Vitreous of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, LA can help with eye loss & age changes. They can prescribe the best treatment for you, depending on your needs.

Your personalized treatment might include options such as eye drops, medications, eyeglasses, and habit changes, like not driving at night. In some cases, surgery might be required.

Let the team at Retina and Vitreous of Louisiana help with your eye loss & age changes in Baton Rouge, LA. You can make an appointment by calling (225) 768-8833.

By Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana
September 17, 2021
Category: Eye Health
Tags: Eye Doctor  

Your eye doctors in Baton Rouge, LA, can help you see more clearly.

You deserve to see clearly, so you can experience all of the beauty life has to offer. Visiting an eye doctor regularly can help preserve your eyesight. Your Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana eye doctors in Baton Rouge, LA, offer a wide range of vision services, including regular vision tests.

Losing your eyesight can happen so gradually that you might not even notice it at first. All of a sudden, you can’t read road signs, have trouble watching television, and can’t read words on a page. Regular visits to your eye doctor can help identify vision problems and correct them early on, so you can enjoy your life again.

At your regular appointment, your eye doctor will test your vision to determine whether you have vision loss, and to what degree. Glasses or contact lenses will then be prescribed to correct your vision problem.

You should also visit your eye doctor if you notice any of these eye or vision changes:

  • Pain in your eyes
  • Eye redness, swelling, or discharge
  • Difficulty seeing in color
  • Blurred vision in one or both eyes
  • Double vision
  • Chronic watery eyes
  • Seeing spots or flashes of light
  • Difficulty with night vision
  • Reduced peripheral vision

There are some medical conditions that make eye exams mandatory. These diseases and conditions can have an effect on your eyes and vision:

  • Diabetes
  • Lupus
  • Thyroid disease
  • Previous eye injury

Your eye doctors are experts at diagnosing and treating vision loss. Diseases or conditions of the eye including macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal detachment are complex issues that your eye doctor can help with.

You will lose some vision capabilities as you get older, especially your ability to see and read things up close. Inexpensive reading glasses are an excellent way to allow you to see clearly again. Your eye doctor can help you select the reading glasses appropriate for you.

To learn more about the importance of regular vision testing and treatment, call the eye doctors of Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana, in Baton Rouge, LA, at (225) 768-8833 now!

By Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana
June 10, 2021
Category: Eye Health
Tags: Eye Doctor  

Do you know when you need to make an appointment with your Baton Rouge, LA, eye doctors, Dr. John Couvillion, Dr. Barbara Noguchi, Dr. Robert Mason and Dr. Jorge Jimenez of Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana? It's a good idea to schedule a visit in the Baton Rouge, Alexandria, Covington, Hammond, New Roads, Opelousas, or Zachary office in these situations:

  • Your Vision Is Blurry: Blurry vision may mean that you need a new prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. Nearsightedness or farsightedness isn't the only reason that your vision may be blurry. Many eye conditions and diseases can also cause blurred vision. If you've noticed changes in your vision recently, it's a good idea to make an appointment with your Baton Rouge, Alexandria, Covington, Hammond, New Roads, Opelousas, or Zachary ophthalmologist.
  • It's Been a While Since You've Had an Eye Exam: Regular exams offer a simple way to protect your eyesight. In addition to determining if you need a new (or initial) prescription for glasses or contacts, your eye doctor thoroughly examines every part of your eye and performs a few tests, including a glaucoma test. Glaucoma damages the optic nerve, causing permanent vision damage, yet often has no symptoms. Thanks to regular eye exams, your doctor can detect problems early and offer treatments that will help you protect your vision.
  • You Have an Eye Condition or Disease: Visiting your eye doctor for follow-up appointments is particularly important if you have an eye disease or condition, like diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, inherited retinal disease, or other diseases and conditions.
  • You Have a Higher Risk of Developing an Eye Disease: If you're more likely to develop an eye disease, regular appointments will ensure that you receive the treatment you need if you ever experience a problem. For example, if you have diabetes, you may be at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy, a condition that occurs when blood vessels in your retina leak blood or fluids.

Need to see your eye doctor in Baton Rouge, LA? Call Dr. John Couvillion, Dr. Barbara Noguchi, Dr. Robert Mason and Dr. Jorge Jimenez of Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana, at (225) 768-8833 to schedule an appointment in Baton Rouge, Alexandria, Covington, Hammond, New Roads, Opelousas, or Zachary office.

By Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana
April 28, 2021
Category: Eye Health
Tags: Eye Health  

We often associate vision loss as an incidence of later age, or as a condition that only those who are predisposed need to worry about. But good eye health is something that none of us should take for granted, at any age. Because as we progress through life we are met with varied difficulties and so must take similarly varied approaches to vision care. But the one constant throughout should be your vision specialist, who can guide you toward the best vision possible. To learn more, consult your Baton Rouge, LA, professionals Dr. John Couvillion, Dr. Barbara Noguchi, Dr. Robert Mason and Dr. Jimenez of Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana.

Age and Vision

At a younger age, the leading causes for eye problems are injuries and what are known as refractive errors.

Eye injuries in childhood can usually be prevented by following some common-sense tips such as wearing protective eyewear for sports, childproofing the home when children are still little, and avoiding risky behavior later on.

But refractive errors typically cannot be prevented, as these affect how light enters our eyes and this is determined by the shape of them.

Myopia and hyperopia are conditions that determine whether objects further away from us have less focus, nearsightedness, or if instead, we have trouble focusing on objects up close, farsightedness. Astigmatism can be coupled with either condition and it can cause objects at either distance to appear blurry.

While they can't be prevented, they can certainly be treated by corrective lenses or other options available at your doctor's office.

Presbyopia, as opposed to the conditions mentioned above, is a type of farsightedness that as we age most of us are likely to develop. It can compound our vision difficulties if we have some already present.

It's also as we get older that many of the common eye diseases can begin to appear, which are further exacerbated if certain chronic conditions are present. Diabetes, for example, can cause vision problems even from an early age.

Eye Loss & Age Care in Baton Rouge, LA

Treating underlying chronic conditions is always a good first step toward preventing vision problems as we age. So is minimizing the risk of exposing our eyes to injury or damage by limiting our screen time to the necessary, by protecting our eyes from the sun with sunglasses, and trauma with protective eyewear. But the most important thing you should be doing is visiting your eye professionals regularly. If you are keeping up with your checkups your doctor can monitor your vision and advise you before anything major can surprise you, and of course, treat it.

Don't delay, make your vision a priority, make an appointment today with Dr. Couvillion, Dr. Noguchi, Dr. Mason and Dr. Jimenez of Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, LA, by dialing (225) 768-8833.

By Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana
December 30, 2020
Category: Eye Health

Diabetes impacts many bodily systems, including your eyes. Blurry vision, cataracts, retinopathy, and glaucoma concern your ophthalmologists in Baton Rouge, LA, Dr. John Couvillion, Dr. Barbara Noguchi, Dr. Robert Mason and Dr. Jimenez. Their precise care at Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana, combined with your vigilance, reduces the impact of diabetes on your eyes and avoids vision loss.

Why does diabetes harm your vision?

Both type-one and type-two diabetes change your blood glucose levels, making them too high or too low. This hypo- or hyperglycemia impacts how your eyes function and even the structure of the eyes themselves. If diabetes and eye-related disease remain untreated, vision loss--to one extent or another--can result.

In Baton Rouge, LA, the professional staff at Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana encourages all diabetics to get routine eye exams regularly. These check-ups detect problems early when treatments are most effective and damage can be avoided or limited.

Diabetes and eye-related issues

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reports that diabetics are at risk for the following eye conditions:

  • Early cataracts
  • Retinopathy
  • Glaucoma

Cataracts begin dimming vision after age 40. The lens which allows light to pass through your eye becomes cloudy and stiff, reducing your ability to see clearly at night and to perceive the brightness of colors. Diabetics experience cataracts of greater severity and at an earlier age and may require lens replacement sooner than their non-diabetic peers.

Retinopathy involves an overgrowth of the tiny blood vessels at the back of the eye. Focus and vision loss occurs rapidly if retinopathy is undetected. Scar tissue forms and can cause the retina itself to detach from the eye. Our Baton Rouge, LA, patients respond well to in-office photocoagulation procedures which seal leaking blood vessels and halt their proliferation. A surgery called vitrectomy removes scar tissue from the jelly-like vitreous humor in the eyeball.

Glaucoma is a dangerous increase in the pressures inside the eyeball. Age and diabetes are the biggest risk factors for the various kinds of glaucoma. Typically, eye drops to control the intraocular pressures, and sometimes, our physicians perform surgery.

Your vision is precious

At Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, our board-certified eye surgeons provide state of the art diagnostics, treatments, and surgeries in our beautiful facility. We proudly serve patients in the Baton Rouge, LA, area.

If you are diabetic and want the best in vision care, contact us for a consultation with Dr. John Couvillion, Dr. Barbara Noguchi, Dr. Robert Mason or Dr. Jorge Jimenez. They will help you protect your eyes from vision loss and other issues associated with diabetes. Call today: (225) 768-8833.

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