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, and Dr. Robert Mason 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, and Dr. Mason of Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, LA, by dialing (225) 768-8833.
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, and Dr. Robert Mason. 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
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, or Dr. Robert Mason. They will help you protect your eyes from vision loss and other issues associated with diabetes. Call today: (225) 768-8833.
Vision loss, also known as visual impairment, has several causes. Common ones include retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and other dangerous eye health conditions. Our doctors at Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana, encourage patients to put eye health at the top of their list to manage vision and avoid long-term problems. If it's been a while since you've checked the status of your eyesight, please schedule a consultation with Dr. John Couvillion, Dr. Barbara Noguchi, or Dr. Robert Mason in our Baton Rouge, LA office, to address potential abnormalities.
Signs & Symptoms of Vision Loss
To quickly improve eye health and avoid visual impairment, contact Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana if you experience:
- Blind spots
- Itchy, scratchy eyes
- Excessive teariness
- Abnormal pupil size
- Peripheral vision loss
- No visual response to light
When to Visit an Ophthalmologist
If you experience total or near-total blindness, Dr. John Couvillion, Dr. Barbara Noguchi, and Dr. Robert Mason request that Baton Rouge, LA, patients visit Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana immediately. Partial vision loss is sometimes the result of migraine headaches, which can also be a cause for concern. During your consultation, our skilled professionals will help you reach an accurate diagnosis for your vision loss and develop a treatment plan that restores eye function and best suits your needs.
Eye health should be a top priority, and patients should receive annual checkups to ensure that everything is in order. At Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana, our doctors keep yours in the best shape so you can make the most of interpersonal relationships, mobility, independence, and general happiness. To learn more about eye health and other services provided in our Baton Rouge, LA, office, visit our website. For appointment scheduling with Dr. John Couvillion, Dr. Barbara Noguchi, or Dr. Robert Mason, please call (225) 768-8833.
According to the American Optometric Association, everyone, but especially older adults, need to have their eyes professionally examined every year. The best individual to ask about the needed frequency of your eye exams is your eye doctor here at the Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, LA, Dr. John Couvillion, Dr. Barbara Noguchi, or Dr. Robert Mason. Here are common signs that indicate you require an eye exam immediately:
You Can’t Focus Even When You Squint Hard
Vision changes could mean lots of things. Anytime that you suspect any changes in your eyesight, it’s vital to go to your eye doctor in Baton Rouge, LA, for an exam just to be on the safe side. Those changes could be nothing, something more serious, or perhaps you just have to get your prescription lenses or glasses modified.
You Are Experiencing Headaches Around Your Eyes
Straining to see things could easily give you a headache. Headaches around your temple, also called frontal headaches, can mean that you need reading glasses or that your current prescription is too strong. It is, however, crucial to point out that headaches with visual disturbances could mean something more serious such as reduced blood supply to your optic nerve or retina or a tear in your retina. Likewise, a headache that comes with blurred vision in both or one eye could indicate a swollen optic nerve or optic neuritis, which requires emergency medical attention.
Your Have Reduced Vision at Night
If you find it more difficult than normal to see things at night, the dark could be aggravating your farsightedness. If you stare at digital screens for extended periods or oncoming headlights easily irritate your eyes at night, you may need anti-glare coatings as well. If these coatings don’t work, especially if you’re older than 50, you may have cataracts.
You Have Dry Eyes
In women, eyes may seem drier as they age. This could result in various issues such as reflexive tearing and blurred vision, which are common signs of dry eyes. With this in mind, simple vision changes don’t warrant immediate help, but any kind of discomfort or pain, eye discharge, or redness should be looked at as soon as possible.
Need an Eye Exam? Give Us a Call
Set up a consultation with one of our eye doctors, Dr. John Couvillion, Dr. Barbara Noguchi, or Dr. Robert Mason, here at the Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, LA, by calling (225) 768-8833.
Your vision is precious. Protect it with great eye health habits. At Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, LA, Drs. Couvillion, Noguchi, and Mason provide state of the art medical eye exams, surgeries and continuing care for long-term conditions. Preventive education is a big part of what they do.
Young and old alike
We all need to care for our eye health. Whether or not you wear eyeglasses or contacts to correct vision deficiencies, you should have a periodic medical eye examination. If you're 40 or older, you should see your eye doctor at the Baton Rouge, LA, clinic annually--earlier and more frequently if you have symptoms or underlying health conditions, such as diabetes. This recommendation comes from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Routine eye health maintenance
Your eye doctor recommends several easy-to-do habits that promote ocular health no matter your occupation, age or activity level. They include:
- Wearing protective eyewear for certain occupations and most sports
- Using sunglasses consistently (choose ones which block 99% of UVA/UVB radiation)
- Exercising to promote good circulation, a healthy weight, and overall good health
- Reducing your computer, tablet and phone screen time, particularly before bedtime
- Resting from close work, including the computer and crafts, such as embroidery (look away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes, and focus on a point 20 feet away)
- Using moisturizing eye drops if you live or work in a dry environment, take certain medications or are advancing in years
- Maintaining your contact lenses properly to avoid dry eye and bacterial infections
- Eating a balanced diet, including fish, leafy vegetables and citrus fruit
- Drinking at least eight glasses of water every day to stay well hydrated
- Following a smoking cessation program (cigarettes increase the incidence of macular degeneration, cataracts, and other vision loss problems)
- Getting adequate rest every night
We'll help you have and maintain your very best eye health for life. Contact Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana in Baton Rouge for an eye examination with Dr. John Couvillion, Dr. Barbara Noguchi or Dr. Robert Mason. They have convenient satellite locations in Zachary, Opelousas, New Roads, Hammond, Covington, and Alexandria. Phone the main number at (225) 768-8833.
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