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3 Ways to Improve Eyesight Naturally

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Fri, Dec 21, 2018 @ 02:12 PM

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An estimated 75% of the American adult population uses some form of corrective eyewear.  Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism are just some of the vision hindering conditions that lead many to seek out contact lenses, glasses, or even corrective surgery procedures such as LASIK.   These options are viable for many and can often give patients the vision improvement they have been looking for.  However, equally as important as choosing the appropriate form of vision correction is proper on-going care of your eyes.

 

The eyes are among the body’s most highly functional organs and are nearly constantly in use.  Even during sleep, our eyes go through cycles of rapid eye movement, or REM.  They seldom are at rest.  However, for most, little thought is given to these hardworking body parts or their long-term care until vision problems occur.  Increasingly, our daily habits such as heightened screen time and poor diet are beginning to play a detrimental role in eye health.  Without appropriate care, it is safe to assume that vision will continue to deteriorate over time, at a much more rapid pace. 

Fortunately, in addition to regular eye exams and the various available forms of vision correction, there are a few things that you can do to help keep your eyes strong and healthy naturally:

Eating for Eye Health

As is the case with all organs, nutrition matters.  Proper diet can promote good eye sight by helping to keep eyes strong and healthy.  We’ve previously blogged about some super foods for eye health, but among the most beneficial are those that contain beta carotene, lutein, zinc, DHA, and vitamins A, C, or E.

Exercises for Eye Strength

Eye strain, especially in the digital age, is a common complaint for many patients.  Frequent breaks and exercises are helpful to combat the negative effects.  Try to follow the 20-20-20 rule by taking a break every 20 minutes to focus on an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.  Slowly rolling your eyes may help as well.  Begin with 10 times clockwise, and then switch to 10 times counterclockwise.

Sleep and Healthy Eyes

One of the most effective measures you can take for eye health is to allow adequate time to rest.  Eight hours of sleep each night is ideal for eye health and rejuvenation.  Additionally, when working at a computer or reading for lengthy amounts of time, allow for a full 10 minutes of rest at least once per hour.

Eyesight gradually weakens for us all.  Some may need help with their vision from a very young age, while others may only require reading glasses later in life.  Regardless of the severity of deficiencies in your vision, proper care of your eyes is crucial.  By taking steps to ensure eye health, you can help ward off potentially damaging conditions, while also strengthening eyesight.

To fully protect your eyes, take the steps outlined above and schedule an appointment with your ophthalmologist for an exam.  The physicians at Eye Specialists of Louisiana can help you identify and appropriately address any issues with your vision or eye health.  To contact our office, click here, or call us directly at (225) 768-7777.

 

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Top 3 Things to Consider Before Cataract Surgery

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Wed, Dec 12, 2018 @ 12:13 PM

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If you are considering cataract surgery, you aren’t alone.  About 3 million Americans undergo the procedure each year.  Cataracts are among the most common eye conditions affecting older adults today with an estimated 20.5 million of those over the age of 40 suffering from them to some degree.  The condition, which causes clouding of the eye’s lens, develops slowly over time, but eventually, surgical intervention will be necessary for most to see clearly again.

When the time for surgery does come, there are a few factors that you’ll want to consider to ensure that you’re making the right decision for your particular situation.  As is the case with any medical condition, each case is unique and not all available treatment options will be appropriate for every patient.  For cataract patients, choices in lenses and surgical method are among the three main considerations that should be made before reaching a final decision:

Type of Intraocular Lens

Intraocular lenses (IOLs) mean that patients who undergo cataract surgery no longer have to rely on thick, troublesome glasses or contact lenses after their procedure.  Today, ophthalmologists are able to completely replace the eye’s damaged lens with revolutionary new implants.  For patients at Eye Specialists of Louisiana, the options include several advanced technology premium lenses like the 3 multi-focal lenses: Crystalens, ReStor, and TECNIS.  Unlike traditional monofocal lenses which help with distance vision, these multi-focal options afford patients the ability to see clearly in a range of lighting conditions and at all distances.  Another premium option is the Toric lens which corrects astigmatism in those patients affected by this condition.  These advanced lenses can be used in conjunction with modern surgical techniques to not only eliminate the hazy cataract, but also get rid of the patient's need for glasses.

Traditional vs. Laser Cataract Surgery

For decades, traditional cataract surgery has been performed with increasingly desirable results, thanks in part to advancements in lens options.  Currently, 99.5 percent of patients report no severe postoperative complications, with 98 percent of surgeries being considered a complete success.  However, advancements in technology may offer even greater accuracy and outcomes with the introduction of laser surgery options.  Similar to LASIK advancements, the use of lasers for cataract removal and new lens implants can mean quicker, more comfortable procedures and the possibility of even greater precision.  In Baton Rouge, patients have this option at Eye Specialists of Louisiana with LenSx, the first FDA approved laser for use in cataract surgery.

Who Should Perform Your Cataract Surgery? 

More important even that the type of lens or style of surgery to be used is the surgeon who will perform it.  It’s important to find a skilled ophthalmologist who not only has a long track record of success with your chosen procedure, but one who will also make you feel comfortable and thoroughly cover all options and possible outcomes.  Additionally, you will likely want to find a practice that embraces both proven, traditional tactics for cataract correction, as well as the latest in technological advancements for the best results possible.  Finding your ideal physician should mean that you are not only confident in their abilities, but that they are also able to offer you the most suitable surgical option for your needs.

Undoubtedly, life with cataracts becomes increasingly difficult over time.  As the condition worsens, you will likely find yourself revisiting the possibility of surgery and researching your various options.  Fortunately, the many advancements in technology and the skill of qualified surgeons make this procedure highly successful, and new advancements mean that it will only continue to improve.

If you are currently considering cataract surgery and would like to learn more about all available options, contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced surgeons.  At Eye Specialists of Louisiana, you will not only find a multitude of surgical options to fit your needs, but a caring staff and doctors to help guide you through the process.  Simply click here to request your appointment, or call us directly at (225) 768-7777.

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When Should You Get LASIK? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 @ 12:49 PM

Contact and glasses wearers everywhere dream of a day when they can see clearly without corrective eye wear, when they can wake up and be able to see clearly or pack for a trip without worrying about solutions and cases.  Thankfully, technology has given us a safe and effective way to correct refractive errors with LASIK surgery.  With a quick and painless procedure, an ophthalmologist can deliver the best vision you have experienced in years.  Still, the procedure isn't quite right for everyone.  There are a lot of factors that must be considered before going under the laser.  Patients must consider their age, current prescription, existing medical conditions and financial situation.  In the infographic below, we outline six factors that must be taken into account before pursing LASIK:

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Still think LASIK may be right for you?  Contact our office to schedule a consultation where all of your questions and concerns can be addressed, and click on the image below to download our free LASIK eye surgery guide.

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Optic Neuritis and Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding the Connection

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Mon, Nov 05, 2018 @ 04:37 PM

optic neuritis and MSThe optic nerve is comprised of a bundle of fibers which are responsible for transmitting images from the eye to the brain for interpretation.  A healthy optic nerve is crucial to strong eyesight, and when it becomes damaged, serious complications can result.  In the case of optic neuritis, inflammation of the optic nerve can threaten eyesight and produce symptoms such as pain, flashing lights, and reduced color perception.

The potential causes behind optic neuritis are many.  An episode may be set off by infections, drugs, or viruses. In many other cases, autoimmune disorders appear to be the cause of the inflammation.  One autoimmune disorder in particular which has been associated with the condition is multiple sclerosis.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack the myelin sheath surrounding the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. MS is often unpredictable and aggressive in its manor of attack. People who suffer from MS are at risk for paralysis, muscle stiffness, epilepsy, and symptoms that mimic brain damage such as forgetfulness, mood instability, slurred speech, and loss of motor skills and coordination.

How does MS lead to Optic Neuritis?

Those who experience optic neuritis and have not been diagnosed with MS are more than 50% more likely to develop MS over their lifetime than others.  Likewise, if a person suffers from MS already, they are more likely to experience episodes of optic neuritis in the future. MS acts by causing the immune system to attack the myelin surrounding the optic nerve, resulting in the classic inflammation and symptoms of optic neuritis. In addition to MS, there are other autoimmune disorders that attack the nerves in much the same way. Some of these conditions include lupus and neuromyelitis optica.

Treating Optic Neuritis

Most cases of optic neuritis resolve on their own; however, some may require the use of injectable steroids to help resolve inflammation.  Those who experience optic neuritis should also be mindful of the potential connection with MS.  If the condition is diagnosed and a brain scan reveals two or more lesions, proactive steps may be taken to help prevent the development of MS.  Speak with your physician to learn more about these options.

If you suffer from MS and experience frequent episodes of optic neuritis, consulting with a specialist is within your best interest. Eye Specialists of Louisiana have a dedicated staff trained to help you make the decisions that will best protect and preserve your vision and eye function. Call or contact us today for a consultation.

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How to Examine Your Child's Eyes [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Fri, Oct 26, 2018 @ 02:18 PM

Spotting problems with a child's eye health and vision is not always easy.  Without the language to fully describe their symptoms and often a reluctance to be fully forthcoming, parents are often left to decipher the clues at hand.  In the infographic below, we describe 6 symptoms which may indicate a problem with a child's eyes.  When multiple symptoms are observed or symptoms persist over time, it is important to see an ophthalmologist for a thorough eye exam.

 

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