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How Your Eyes Work & How to Keep Them Healthy

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Tue, Jul 23, 2019 @ 04:13 PM

eyes workAs you read this blog, your eyes are working feverishly.  They are taking in bits of information and processing them non-stop.  The muscles around them are working hard to move and adjust them, and as you focus more on the screen, they blink less.  Those two eyes are among your bodies most impressive organs, but chances are, you rarely think about them.  They seem to work so effortlessly that you’d probably never imagine how incredible they really are.

How Your Eyes and Brain Work Together

Think for a moment of all the amazing things those eyes allow you to do, of all the beauty they allow you to take in.  Furthermore, consider that 80% of all that you learn is directly connected to your vision, and you will realize just how important they really are.  Did you know that they process about 36,000 pieces of information every hour?  Their job is never really done.  Even as you sleep, you go through a cycle of rapid eye movement (REM) when most of your dreaming occurs and larger, voluntary muscle groups undergo paralysis.

How the Body Supports Your Eyes

To function so skillfully, your eyes require a lot of support.  They are aided by the brain, external eye muscles, your tear ducts, eyelids, and even your eyelashes.  All of these parts coordinate to keep the eyes protected and in top working order.  Thanks to this incredible support system, what could be a very vulnerable area is amazingly resilient. 

How to Protect Your Eyes from Disease

Surprisingly, despite this incredible resiliency, there are an estimated 285 million people in the world who are blind or visually impaired.  Astoundingly, 80% of these cases could have been prevented or even cured with proper eye care.  While our eyes may be among the human body’s most capable and complex organs, they still require maintenance.  Unfortunately, because they are so skilled at what they do, they are often overlooked when it comes to regular exams.  The American Optometric Association recommends that all individuals between the ages of 6 – 60 have an eye exam every two years and that those over the age of 60 see their optometrist annually.

To shed some more light on how remarkable your eyes are and why you should be diligent in their care, we’ve put together some fascinating facts that you probably didn’t know about them.  Simply click the button below to access this free download.  Of course, those of us here at Eye Specialists of Louisiana are passionate about your eye health and the quality of care that you receive.  

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Ophthalmologist vs. Optometrist: What is the difference?

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Tue, Mar 12, 2019 @ 12:43 PM

ophthalmologistWhen it comes to ophthalmology and optometry, the differences between the two professions can be unclear. We understand that it is hard enough learning how to spell ophthalmology, much less understanding exactly what an ophthalmologist does.  So, deciding on who you should consult for your eye care can be a bit overwhelming.  With that in mind, let’s explore the key differences between an ophthalmologist and optometrist and determine which may best for your own eye care needs.

Defining Optometrist

The American Board of Clinical Optometry defines optometrists as: “Optometrists, or Doctors of Optometry, are primary health care providers who specialize in the examination, diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and the eye's associated structures, as well as the diagnoses and management of related systemic conditions that affect the eye." 

Defining Ophthalmologist

The American Academy of Ophthalmology defines the profession of Ophthalmology or Ophthalmologist as: "An Eye M.D. is an ophthalmologist, a medical or osteopathic doctor who specializes in eye and vision care. Eye M.D.s are specially trained to provide the full spectrum of eye care, from prescribing glasses and contact lenses to complex and delicate eye surgery. Many Eye M.D.s are also involved in scientific research into the causes and cures for eye diseases and vision problems."

Between the two professions, there is some overlap in the types of care of provided. However, some very critical differences between the two should be noted and made clear. We have listed a couple of distinct differences below for your reference. 

Optometrist Treatments and Services

Optometrists are extensively trained in refraction and prescribing lenses.

An optometrist specializes in prescribing glasses and contact lenses.  An optometrist is trained to diagnose and treat vision conditions like farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism, as well as fit and prescribe contact lenses and prescription eyeglass lenses. A large part of their job was is to perform “refraction” — or vision correction exams. To prescribe eye glasses, an optometrist must complete a refraction to precisely measure a patient’s far-farsightedness, nearsightedness, and/or astigmatism.  A refraction should also include measurement of accommodation (focusing) and binocular (eye teaming) function.   

Optometrist Training and Education

To become an optometrist, one must complete four years of education from a school of optometry after receiving an undergraduate degree. While in optometry school, four years of concentrated class and clinic work in refraction, optics, ophthalmic optics and contact lenses are the main objectives. Additionally, every optometry school curriculum includes many hours of course work in binocular function, which is the study of how the two eyes work together.

Ophthalmologist Treatments and Services   

The study of ophthalmology is heavily concentrated on performing surgery on eyes to treat eye disease.  While the treatment by optometrist involves prescribing medications up to the point of surgery, ophthalmologists are trained to treat eye conditions and disease through both diagnosis and surgical intervention.

Ophthalmologist Training and Education

Ophthalmologists are trained in surgeries and pathologies. 

Ophthalmologists have more of an extensive schooling than do the optometrist. Ophthalmologist take four or more years of premedical undergraduate education. Once the four years of undergraduate schooling is complete, four years of medical school is then required. Then, one year of internship is required to get a medical license. Once they become licensed physicians, they will then undergo a residency of three or more years, with medical and surgical training in eye care.

When to See an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist

Whether you see an optometrist or an ophthalmologist for any eye condition, if you need surgery, seeing an ophthalmologist is a necessity. Eye surgery is extremely serious, and you’ll want to find the ophthalmologist who specializes in the specific type of treatment you need.  Surgeries commonly performed by ophthalmologists include cataract removal, LASIK, corneal transplants, and more.

If you have symptoms that may warrant a visit to an ophthalmologist, contact Eye Specialists of Louisiana.  We have a team of board-certified ophthalmologists available to address your concerns and provide the highest levels of treatment. 

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4 Steps to Finding Your Perfect Baton Rouge Eye Surgeon

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Mon, Jul 08, 2013 @ 12:21 PM

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Preserving the health and strength of your vision is an important part of your overall well-being.  Previously, we’ve discussed how important it is to maintain a good diet and to avoid unhealthy habits in order to keep your vision in top shape.  However, despite your best efforts, there may be situations which require you to select an eye surgeon.  Perhaps poor vision due to genetics has led you to investigate LASIK, cataracts are increasingly impairing your eyesight, or sagging eyelid skin has left you with a desire for a more youthful appearance.  Whatever the reason, you will want to find the eye surgeon who is ideal for you and your procedure.  After all, the eyes and eye area are incredibly delicate and require a great amount of skill and care.

The surgeon you ultimately choose should not only make you feel at ease, but they should also have the years of experience and education it takes to properly perform these procedures.  To help you understand what qualifications you should look for, we’ve put together a list of the four main factors you should consider when choosing your Baton Rouge eye surgeon:

  1. Experience – Perhaps the most important factor in selecting an eye surgeon is their level of experience with your particular procedure.  If it’s LASIK that you’re researching, you will want to find a physician who has performed the surgery many times and on a regular basis.  You should consider reviews and recommendations from others and determine who you think is the most capable of delivering your desired result.

  2. Education and Credentials – Take into consideration where your doctor attended medical school, where they completed their residency, and what type of certifications they maintain.  Many patients are most confident seeing a physician who is board certified and has associations with medical organizations such as The American Academy of Ophthalmology.

  3. Personality – Certainly your doctor’s bedside manner will play into your overall experience.  You will want one who is personable, makes you feel at ease, and takes time to answer your questions.  They should be available for your postoperative care and questions, and their staff should be friendly and accommodating as well. 

  4. Location – A skilled eye surgeon who is near your home or office is ideal.  When you have a consultation or post-op appointment, the location should be convenient and easily accessible.  Furthermore, on the day of your surgery, you will likely need someone to transport you to and from your appointment and will want to avoid excessive driving times.  If you are in Baton Rouge or the surrounding area, Eye Specialists of Louisiana offers a centrally located office.

The decision for eye surgery may stem from necessity to improve vision or a desire to improve appearance.  Either way, you should take some steps to ensure that you find the best eye surgeon for your needs.  Take into account these four factors, and you can have complete confidence in your surgeon and your results. 

If you feel that you may be a candidate for eye surgery, or if you would like a consultation, please contact our officeThe ophthalmologists at Eye Specialists of Louisiana are all highly trained in many different forms of eye surgery, and they are passionate about giving you the best results possible.

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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Eye Doctor in Baton Rouge

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Mon, May 06, 2013 @ 11:51 AM

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From corneal scratches, to eye exams, to LASIK surgery, there are a host of reasons that you may be searching for an eye doctor in Baton Rouge.  Finding the one who is just right for you and your needs should depend on several factors.  You will want someone whose qualifications match your needs, is skilled in their field and is conveniently located.  Even your experience with the office staff will probably come in to play when deciding who will be your long-term eye care provider.


 

Eye Specialists of Louisiana understands that you want to find someone who will suit all your needs.  For that reason, we’ve put together a list of five tips that will help guide you in the search for your perfect eye doctor.  

 

1. Optometrist vs. Ophthalmologist

 

The first step in finding your new physician should depend on the type of doctor you are seeking.  Eye care professionals are divided into two distinct categories: optometrists and ophthalmologists.  Many patients mistakenly use these terms interchangeably, when there is in fact quite a difference between the two.  Optometrists have completed four years of specialized training after their undergraduate study and may offer many basic eye care services such as eye exams and diagnosis of some eye diseases.  Ophthalmologists, however, have completed medical school, internship, and residency.  They are not only able to provide these same basic eye care services, but can also perform procedures such as LASIK and prescribe many medications that Optometrists cannot.  Both play important roles in eye care, and careful consideration should be given to which will best fit your needs.

 

2. Recommendations

 

You likely rely on the recommendations of others for restaurants or movies, but have you asked them for recommendations for an eye doctor?  One of the best sources for finding a new health care provider of any kind is the people you already know and trust.  Ask friends, family, colleagues, or your primary care physician.  You can even turn to trusted medical organizations such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology, many of which have search features available to locate a doctor by location or specialty.

 

3. Insurance

 

Naturally, you will want to see someone who accepts your insurance.  You can usually visit your insurance provider’s website directly to search for a nearby physician who is in their network.  Many doctors will also list this information on their websites for your convenience.  Eye Specialists of Louisiana accepts insurance from several different providers.  You can see the entire list here.

 

4. Credentials

 

To ensure that you are leaving your eyesight in the most skilled hands possible, you should research your new doctor’s credentials.  Learn what schools they attended, where they completed their residency, what their specialty is and if they are board certified.  These are factors that will not only speak to the physician’s competency but will also provide you peace of mind.

 

5. Location

 

While there are a great many skilled eye doctors to be found in any area, you will want to find one who is convenient to you.  After having determined that they meet your eye care needs, are adequately qualified for the type of care you require, and come highly recommended, you will need to determine if their location is centrally located to your home or office.  Your time is important, and you should not have to spend a considerable amount of it trying to reach quality eye care.  Our Hennessy Boulevard office is easily reached from almost anywhere in Baton Rouge or the surrounding areas.

 

We hope these five tips have been a valuable source in guiding you to the right eye care provider.  From our highly qualified team of ophthalmologists to our friendly staff, Eye Specialists of Louisiana believes in providing premium care and service.  We have many satisfied patients and would be proud to count you among them.  If you still need some guidance on selecting the right eye doctor, or if you simply have questions about our practice, please contact us.  We would love to hear from you.

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