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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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Fact or Fiction: Popular Beliefs About Eye Health

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 @ 04:53 PM

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Want strong vision?  Eat carrots.  On the other hand, habits such as sitting too close to the TV will only serve to hinder eyesight.  These tidbits of advice and countless others have been handed down through generations.  We’ve all heard them before and have our own ideas of what does and doesn’t affect our eye health.  Likely, if these are teachings that you grew up with yourself, you pass them on to others without ever knowing if they are, in fact, true.  Considering the many misconceptions that exist regarding all areas of health, we thought it was time to clear up some confusion when it comes to eyesight.  Here are some of the more common statements we encounter:

  1. Eat Carrots for Strong Eyes – While this one is true, it is often misunderstood.  Carrots are a bit of an eye super food, packed with beneficial beta carotene.  Eating them can certainly help sustain the health of your eyes, but doing so will not improve vision from its current state.

  2. Reading in Low Light Will Damage Eyesight – This one is a commonly held belief but is, in fact, fiction.  Reading in poor lighting conditions may lead to a bit of eye strain or fatigue, but no lasting damage to eyesight will result.

  3. Sitting Too Close to the TV Will Damage Eyesight – Much like the problems posed by smartphones and computers, the strain that results from sitting too close to a TV is real but temporary.  The biggest discomfort in these situations is often dry eyes which result from less frequent blinking. 

  4. You Can Inherit Bad Eyesight – If parents have poor vision, there is an elevated risk that their children will as well.  Conditions such as near- and far-sightedness have been shown to be passed down.  However, inheriting such conditions is not a guarantee and even parents with bad eyesight can have children unaffected by the problem.

  5. Not Everyone Gets CataractsCataracts are as much a part of the aging process as wrinkles.  The fact is that everyone will eventually experience cataracts to some degree, assuming they live long enough.  Of course, the condition will affect some patients more drastically than others.

  6. Eye Exams are Only Necessary for Those Having Problems – Patients who have ongoing vision or eye health concerns will need to be seen by their eye doctor more frequently.  However, regular eye exams are necessary for all.  Conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma which may have major impacts on vision are often symptomless in early stages.  Detecting these issues early is critical to minimizing their impact.

While most of us probably all know that crossing our eyes for too long won’t result in them remaining that way permanently, there are still several eye health myths with plenty of traction.  Most come from generally good advice.  After all, eating carrots and not sitting too close to the TV are good tips regardless of their impact on vision.  However, there are others such as misunderstanding of the prevalence of cataracts or necessity of eye exams that need to be debunked quickly.  Understanding your eyes and the factors that may impact their wellbeing is all part of maintaining strong vision and overall health. 

If you are in the Baton Rouge area, take the first step towards healthy vision by scheduling an eye exam with one of the ophthalmologists at Eye Specialists of Louisiana.  Whether you are currently experiencing problems or just want to be proactive about your health, our doctors can help.  To request your appointment, click here, or call us directly at (225) 768-7777.

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Top 5 Worst Things About Bad Eyesight

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Thu, Mar 06, 2014 @ 03:54 PM

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As ophthalmologists, we get exactly how frustrating it is to be constantly tied to a pair of glasses or contacts.  Of course, they serve a tremendous purpose, and not having them would be far more inconvenient.  However, that does not change the fact that they can often be annoying and uncomfortable.  It is this frustration that leads so many Americans to LASIK each year.  For those who suffer from poor eyesight, there are few experiences more liberating than the ability to see clearly without corrective eyewear. 

In honor of all of you who still have to remember glasses or contacts before running out the door or even watching a TV show, we present this list of the top 5 worst things about having bad eyesight.  Of course, we realize that there are many more that could be added, so if you feel that our list is inaccurate or complete, please feel free to leave your feedback in the comments below. 

  1. Never Being Without Them – It’s just a fact of life for those with poor vision.  You simply cannot go anywhere or do anything without your glasses or contacts.  If you have ever left home without them, you likely spent your entire day squinting and tilting your head in an attempt to find that perfect angle where your sight seems to improve ever so slightly.  We just hope you didn’t have to drive!

  2. Losing Them – Anytime you see someone crawling around and studying the ground very closely, you can bet that they’ve lost a contact.  The irony of this is that contact lenses are small, clear and difficult to spot, especially for people who actually need them.  Lost glasses, on the other hand, will send you into a rampage throughout your home.  No stone will be left unturned until they are recovered. Of course, the only thing worse than this is a broken pair of glasses.

  3. Dry / Irritating Contacts – If your contact lenses dry out or happen to get something caught underneath them, you will likely spend the day rubbing your eyes, blinking, and looking as though you have a mild case of pink eye.  Of course, it is always these days when eye drops and lens solution are nowhere to be found.

  4. Summertime Blues – Swimming poses a nearly constant dilemma for wearers of glasses or contacts.  Do you leave them on, and deal with the frustration?  Do you forego them and resign yourself to being blind for the day?  It’s a debate that never goes away, no matter how long you’ve been wearing them.

  5. When it Gets Worse – You probably dread going to the eye doctor, knowing that this time may come with news of worsening eyesight and a stronger prescription.  It’s okay.  We don’t take it personally.  In fact, we probably understand this fear better than anyone, but we also understand how important it is to have an accurate level of correction.

For those who are fortunate enough to avoid glasses and contacts until later in life, the items on this list can never be fully understood.  However, for others who rely on corrective eyewear daily, these frustrations are very much a reality.  While you enjoy the ability to see clearly, these devices are not without their annoyances.   Fortunately, regular appointments with your ophthalmologist and even other vision correcting methods such as LASIK can help you maintain strong eyesight and minimize your reliance on glasses and contacts.

If you struggle with your vision, schedule an appointment at Eye Specialists of LouisianaOur doctors can help you determine the degree of your refractive error, as well as help you explore corrective options.  Just click here to request your appointment, or call us directly at (225) 768-7777.

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What are the Effects of Technology on Your Eyesight?

Posted by Eye Specialists of Louisiana on Thu, Oct 03, 2013 @ 02:31 PM

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The invasion of our culture and day-to-day lives by the flickering screens of technology is unavoidable.  In 2012, The Vision Council found that more than 1/3 of American adults spend four to six hours each day with some form of technology.  Fourteen percent put their usage even higher at 10-12 hours daily.  In classrooms, similar situations are being found.  The vast majority (97%) have at least one computer, and 40% of teachers are using them for instruction. 


Of course, this overwhelming use of technology naturally leads to the question of how it’s impacting our health, including eyesight.  With so many hours spent staring at a screen of some sort, it’s a logical concern to have.  In fact, digital eye strain is found to affect 70% of Americans but few are taking action to correct the problem. 


What can you do?


Whether you spend your days on a computer for work or enjoy video games on a regular basis, you will most likely experience some degree of eye strain.  To avoid the discomfort, fatigue and irritation that often accompanies eye strain, there are some precautions you should take:


  • Ergonomically Designed Chairs and Workstations – Proper posture and maintaining an appropriate distance from the screen is an important part of keeping your eyes safe.  Additionally, appropriate design of your workstation will allow you to keep the center of the screen at the recommended 10 to 15 degrees below eye level.

  • Avoid Glare – Glare on your computer screen only serves to increase eye strain.  When working, keep windows covered, adjust your screen’s brightness, and use an anti-glare screen cover for your monitor.  You may even use anti-reflective (AR) coating for eye glasses as well.

  • Frequent Breaks – It’s easy to look at a monitor for long periods of time without realizing it.  Help protect eyes from strain by taking frequent breaks.  Follow the 20-20-20 rule by taking a break every 20 minutes and focusing on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.  Remember to blink and keep eyes lubricated as well. While looking at the screen, you will only blink about 1/3 as often as you would otherwise.

  • Eye Exams The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health recommends annual eye exams for computer users.  During this visit, be sure to tell your eye doctor your frequency and type of technology used.  You may also want to ask about computer eyewear that may be prescribed for use in much the same way as reading glasses.


Digital devices in their many forms are here to stay.  However, you should not sacrifice your vision or eye health to use them.  By making a few simple adjustments and following some basic precautions, you can ensure that your eyes remain strong despite regular use of various forms of technology. 


If you find that you spend several hours each day in front of a computer or other electronic device, contact your eye doctor to schedule an eye exam.  The ophthalmologists at Eye Specialists of Louisiana can help keep your eyes healthy through preventative eye care and can help you address any concerns that you may already have.  To contact our office, call (225) 768-7777, or click here to request an appointment.

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