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Preventing and Treating Age-Related Vision Problems in Baton Rouge

Posted by Thomas Stuckey on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 @ 04:36 PM

Preventing and treating age-related vision problems in baton rouge.jpegYou’re getting older. It’s true. We all are. Sure, you’re on the other side of 60, but you exercise regularly, eat well, and do your best to care for your body and mind so that they continue to age gracefully. Are you doing the same for your eyes?

Diagnosing Glaucoma in Baton Rouge

Glaucoma, or the “silent vision thief”, works quietly and slowly to cause permanent vision loss in its sufferers. If you are suffering from glaucoma, you may only notice a little blurriness in your peripheral vision—and only after permanent vision loss has occurred. Eye doctors, however, can detect indicators of glaucoma, like optic nerve damage and elevated eye pressure before any other symptoms occur. That’s why it is imperative to have regular eye exams. Along with medication, glaucoma is normally treated with one of four surgical treatment options, all of which are offered by the Eye Specialists of Louisiana.

Identifying and Treating Cataracts in Baton Rouge

Cataracts are caused when protein builds up and clumps in the lens of the eye, preventing light from passing through and resulting in vision loss. If left untreated, the older cells will compact as the new lens cells form and create a cataract in the center of the lens. Cataracts can cause blurriness, a yellow tint in your vision, sensitivity to light, double vision, and haloes around light sources.

While heredity, smoking, and existing conditions can play a role in their development, cataracts can also develop naturally as a result of aging. Cataracts are treated by surgically removing the impacted lens and replacing it with an artificial lens implant. If you believe you are developing cataracts, schedule a comprehensive eye exam today. The sooner your cataracts are treated, the sooner you can get back to seeing the world in living color.

Detecting Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Baton Rouge

The leading cause of severe vision loss in Americans over the age of 60, age-related macular degeneration occurs when the central portion of the retina, or macula, deteriorates. Dry macular degeneration occurs when yellow deposits (drusen) accumulate in the macula, leading to a noticeable dimming or distortion of vision. If left untreated, dry macular degeneration can lead to atrophy of retinal tissue, blind spots, and complete loss of central vision. Wet macular degeneration is characterized by the growth of abnormal blood vessels from the choroid under the macula, leading to choroidal neovascularization. This new blood vessels then leak fluid and blood into the retina causing distorted vision, as well as loss of central vision. If left untreated, these abnormal blood vessels and the associated bleeding can eventually form a scar, leading to permanent central vision loss. The first noticeable sign of AMD is a dim, blurry spot in the center of your vision that gets bigger or darker over time. However, your ophthalmologist can detect the presence of drusen much sooner.

Once detected, AMD can be treated with vitamins, laser therapy, and vison aids. Patients with advanced cases of AMD may benefit from the revolutionary Centrasight treatment, which involves implanting a tiny telescope inside the eye to enlarge objects in the central vision and compensate for macular degeneration. To find out if you qualify for this outpatient procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Thomas Stuckey, the only surgeon in the Baton Rouge area to specialize in Centrasight’s advanced technology.

In addition to the vision disorders and diseases detailed above, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vessel occlusion can also benefit from early detection by a trained eye specialist.

So don’t put it off any longer. Start 2017—and every year—off right by scheduling a comprehensive eye examination with the Eye Specialists of Louisiana. Your eyes will thank you for it.

To request an appointment, simply click here, or call our office directly at (225) 768-7777.

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Baton Rouge Ophthalmologist Clears up Cataract Concerns

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Fri, Apr 29, 2016 @ 01:41 PM

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Cataracts affect approximately 1 in 6 Americans over 40 years old. After 80 years of age, 50% of Americans will develop cataracts. They are the leading cause of blindness in the world. But even with the astounding prevalence of cataracts nation- and world-wide, their causes, effects, and treatment remain a mystery to many but don’t worry.

How do you get cataracts?

Cataracts are caused when protein builds up and clumps in the lens of the eye. The protein buildup prevents light from passing through, which results in vision loss. And as the new lens cells form, the older cells compact and create a cataract in the center of the lens.

Am I at risk?

There are four main factors for increased risk of cataract development.

  • Age: As stated previously, cataracts can develop naturally as a result of aging.

  • Heredity: Cataracts can occur in babies and children as a result of infection, injury, or poor fetal development. But hereditary cataracts may not manifest until childhood.

  • Existing Conditions: Cataracts can also develop as secondary symptoms of medical conditions, such as diabetes. Cigarette smoke, air pollution, and heavy alcohol consumption can increase risk of forming cataracts as well as environmental exposure to radiation, ultraviolet light, toxic substances, and some medications.

  • Trauma: Cataracts can form in response to eye injuries

Are there different types of cataracts?

Yes, there are three different types of cataracts:

  • Subcapsular cataracts occur at the back of the lens. Diabetics or high-dose steroid users have a greater risk of subcapsular cataracts.

  • Nuclear cataracts form deep In central zone of the lens (nucleus) and are most closely associated with aging

  • Cortical cataracts are white, wedge-like opacities that begin in the periphery of the lens and grow toward the center of the cortex in a spoke-like fashion

How do cataracts affect your vision?

Cataracts can result in these vision changes:

  • Blurriness

  • Lens of eye can darken and develop a yellow or brown tinge, which can result in a yellow tint to your vision

  • Sensitivity to light

  • As cataracts develop, they cause light to diffract as it enters the eye, which can manifest as haloes around light sources or double vision (diplopia)

Can cataracts come back after surgery?

You can rest assured. Cataracts cannot come back after surgery. Cataract surgery actually replaces the cloudy lens with an artificial lens implant.

However, patients (about 20%) may develop a condition called posterior capsular opacificationincorrectly called a secondary cataract—in which the capsule that once supported the cataract has become cloudy. But this can be treated effectively with a simple outpatient laser procedure at your eye doctor’s office.

So there we have it: comprehensive answers to the most frequently-asked cataract questions! Still interested in learning more? We’ve compiled a free ebook about the risks, symptoms, and treatments of cataracts.

If you’re worried that you or your loved one is developing cataracts, please contact an eye specialist and schedule a comprehensive eye examination today.  The sooner your cataracts are treated, the sooner you can get back to seeing the world in living color.

To request an appointment, simply click here, or call our office directly at (225) 768-7777.

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Your LenSx Cataract Surgery Questions Answered

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Tue, Dec 22, 2015 @ 04:26 PM

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If you are considering cataract surgery, it’s likely that you’ve done a fair amount of research on both the procedure and your physician.  Any surgical procedure should not be entered into lightly, especially one which will impact your vision.  Through the process of this research, you may have heard about a revolutionary new technique known as LenSx, or laser cataract surgery.

Cataract surgery has been largely successful for the vast majority of patients in its current form.  However, there is always room for improvement.  Just as LASIK surgery revolutionized the method by which we correct refractive errors, so LenSx is doing for cataracts.  There are great advantages to be gained from the increased use of this procedure, just on the horizon, but new technology always comes with its fair share of questioning and apprehension.  As community leaders, helping to introduce this option to cataract patients in Baton Rouge, the ophthalmologists of Eye Specialists often receive some common questions about both the device and the procedure:

  1. What’s the difference between LenSx and LASIK? – Both procedures use laser technology, and there may be some similarities. However, the purpose and use of the laser in each surgery is different.  In LASIK, the laser is used to reshape the cornea to improve refractive errors.  The LenSx femtosecond laser is used to replace a blade previously needed for steps in cataract surgery such as wound creation.  This change is believed by many to reduce the likelihood of error, thereby providing more successful and reliable results.

  2. What’s wrong with traditional cataract surgery? – The standard method of cataract surgery has been incredibly successful for countless patients over many years. Compared to other forms, cataract surgery has an incredibly low rate of complication and nearly always produces improvement for the patient.   However, we believe that there is always room for improvement.  The use of a laser in cataract surgery has the potential to not only increase patient comfort, but to expedite the process and give surgeons greater levels of precision.

  3. Am I a LenSx candidate? – If you suffer from cataracts, you are very likely a candidate for the LenSx procedure. However, each and every patient is different, and an evaluation by one of our ophthalmologists is necessary to determine who is or is not a candidate.  If you were already considering cataract surgery, this is definitely a conversation to have with your physician to best identify the ideal surgical method for your particular case.

Cataract surgery offers incredible improvement in vision for those who have been suffering the gradual loss of it over the course of many years.  Traditional surgical methods for the treatment of cataracts can provide amazing results, but there may still be room for improvement.  If you suffer from cataracts, contact Eye Specialists of Louisiana to find out if the LenSx is right for you.  To request your appointment, simply click here, or call our office directly at (225) 768-7777.

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Can Proper Nutrition Prevent Cataracts?

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 @ 05:11 PM

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A nutritious, well-balanced diet is essential for living a healthy life, but adding a few extra vitamins and antioxidants to your nutrition plan can have more benefits than you may think.

Cataracts are a leading cause of visual impairment in Americans, as well as one of the most common surgical procedures performed in the U.S. with more than two million procedures done per year. Cataracts develop when proteins in the lens of the eye are damaged, causing the eyes to become ‘cloudy’ or opaque.

Several factors can increase the risk of developing cataracts, among them include: age, genetics and ethnicity. While we have no control over these factors, there are some that we can control to reduce the risk of cataract development, such as not smoking, wearing hats or sunglasses to protect your eyes from UVA/UVB rays and of course, eating a healthy diet.

Recent studies have shown a promising link to preventing or delaying cataracts by eating a healthy diet. Vitamins C and E are the strongest protectants due to containing antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin. Lutein and zeaxanthin are the only carotenoids found in the lens of the eyes. Both are promising nutrients that can prevent the development of cataracts, and eating foods containing high amounts of both antioxidants are associated with a reduced need for cataract surgery.

According to the American Optometric Association, numerous studies have found strong evidence that vitamins C and E may decrease the development or progression of cataracts. One recent analysis from the Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that adding higher levels of vitamin C to the diet were associated with a lower risk of developing cataracts. You can read more about recent studies on cataracts on the AOA website.

Eating the recommended daily five servings of fruit and vegetables is the best and easiest way to incorporate more vitamins C and E into your diet. Unfortunately, the majority of Americans do not eat all five servings and in today’s fast-paced world, it can be difficult find the best food sources on-the-go. If you believe you may be at risk for developing cataracts, consider adding a daily multivitamin and eye health supplements containing at least 75 mg of vitamin C and 15 mg of vitamin E to your diet.

For those in the Baton Rouge area who are concerned about the development of cataracts or just want help in maintaining their vision and eye health, contact Eye Specialists of Louisiana, and request an appointment with any one of our dedicated ophthalmologists.  Simply click here, or call us directly at (225) 768-7777.

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Top 10 Things You Should Know About Cataracts

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Thu, Apr 03, 2014 @ 04:09 PM

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There is no lack of health conditions that may affect us as we age.  Some of the more commonly seen problems include arthritis, osteoporosis, heart disease, and of course, vision loss.  By the age of 80, the majority of Americans will suffer from cataracts, although, for most of these patients, the condition will have begun much earlier.  Cataracts, which cause a gradual clouding of the eye’s lens, are one of the leading causes of age-related vision loss, along with glaucoma and macular degeneration. 

All adults, regardless of age, should be aware of the condition, its symptoms, and who is most at risk.  Unfortunately, many patients do not realize that they may have a higher likelihood of developing the condition or even how to keep it at bay until it has already become a very real problem.  While there are very effective treatment methods for cataracts, understanding those options is only part of the equation. 

To help you better understand cataracts, your own risk factors, and what you should know about surgical treatment, Eye Specialists of Louisiana has put together an informative guide including everything you need to know.  Listed below are just a few of the included topics that all adults should educate themselves on.

  1. Risk Factors – While cataracts can affect anyone, the vast majority of patients are those for whom the condition developed later in life.  The simple fact is that our eyes are not immune to the deteriorating effects of age.  However, in addition to age, there are a few other factors that may increase the likelihood of developing cataracts.  These include family history, diabetes, tobacco and alcohol use, and more.  For patients with these particular risk factors, early detection is critical to controlling the condition, requiring them to be extra vigilant about their eye care and regular exams.

  2. Symptoms – There are three distinct types of cataracts, and symptoms for each of these will vary.  Additionally, the stage of the cataract will also impact symptoms.  As they progress slowly, those in the early stages will likely have minimal impact on vision, but it will worsen over time.  Some of the more common symptoms reported by cataract sufferers include halos, glare, and cloudy or fuzzy vision.

  3. Surgical Options – Once the point has been reached when surgical intervention is necessary, there will be some options that should be weighed carefully.  Cataract surgery is quite successful for most patients in its traditional format.  However, many physicians now also offer laser versions which can increase patient comfort while reducing the likelihood of error and surgery time.  Additionally, there are a multitude of lens options to replace the cataract, or clouded lens.  Each lens will have its own benefits, offering different types of vision improvement such as monofocal versus multifocal. 

While the development of cataracts will be unavoidable for many, their progression and the need for surgery can often be delayed through knowledge and proper care.  In the resource available below, you will learn more about the various types of cataracts, their symptoms, who is at increased risk, as well as detailed information regarding surgery and lens options.  To access this information, simply click the image below.

At Eye Specialists of Louisiana, our ophthalmologists have been helping Baton Rouge patients with cataracts for years.  From initial diagnosis to surgery, you can trust in our doctors’ level of experience and long, successful history in dealing with this condition.  To request an appointment, simply click here, or call our office directly at (225) 768-7777.

10 Things You Should Know About Cataracts

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