Eye health is an important part of your overall well-being. As such, the professionals at Retina and Vitreous of Louisiana in Baton Rouge--Dr. John Couvillion, Dr. Barbara Noguchi, and Dr. Robert Mason---recommend medical eye examinations for children and adults. Along with other preventive measures, these simple check-ups help ward-off long-term problems.
If you can see, you can do anything
Yes, your eye health impacts all aspects of your life:
- Interpersonal relationships
- General happiness
Good ocular health and function are defined by experts at the Cleveland Clinic as the ability to see clearly (20/20) with or without contacts or glasses. Plus, eyes should be free of disease and serious structural problems.
At Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, your doctors perform visual acuity examinations, prescribe corrective lenses, advise visual rehabilitation and diagnose and treat diseases of the eye, including cataracts, retinopathy, infections and more. Their goal is optimal ocular health and function.
Prevention is key
As with general health, prevention of disease and injury keeps eyes healthy and functioning. Over time, vision changes, not just because of aging, but because of environmental factors, such as sun exposure, lifestyle (smoking harms the eyes) and progression of medical conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, which degrade ocular health.
So, your board-certified ophthalmologists at Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana in Baton Rouge recommend these common-sense strategies for warding off eye problems and disease:
- Over the age of 40, get an annual eye examination so any problems are caught early on.
- Wear protective eyewear during sports, certain occupations and even for ordinary household tasks such as mowing the lawn or splitting firewood.
- Don sunglasses when out in the bright daylight to decrease early cataract formation and macular degeneration.
- Stop smoking as tobacco attacks the micro-circulation in the eye and the optic nerve.
- Rest your eyes from close work, such as needlepoint or reading on a computer screen. After 20 minutes at these tasks, look away for 20 seconds, focusing on a point at least 20 feet away.
- Eat plenty of fish, green and yellow vegetables and citrus fruits.
- Exercise regularly, maintain proper weight and keep tabs on blood pressure and glucose levels.
- If you develop any odd symptoms, such as blurry vision, flashes or floaters, or if you sustain an eye injury, contact your eye doctor immediately.