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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.
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.