According to the American Optometric Association, everyone, but especially older adults, need to have their eyes professionally examined every year. The best individual to ask about the needed frequency of your eye exams is your eye doctor here at the Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, LA, Dr. John Couvillion, Dr. Barbara Noguchi, or Dr. Robert Mason. Here are common signs that indicate you require an eye exam immediately:
You Can’t Focus Even When You Squint Hard
Vision changes could mean lots of things. Anytime that you suspect any changes in your eyesight, it’s vital to go to your eye doctor in Baton Rouge, LA, for an exam just to be on the safe side. Those changes could be nothing, something more serious, or perhaps you just have to get your prescription lenses or glasses modified.
You Are Experiencing Headaches Around Your Eyes
Straining to see things could easily give you a headache. Headaches around your temple, also called frontal headaches, can mean that you need reading glasses or that your current prescription is too strong. It is, however, crucial to point out that headaches with visual disturbances could mean something more serious such as reduced blood supply to your optic nerve or retina or a tear in your retina. Likewise, a headache that comes with blurred vision in both or one eye could indicate a swollen optic nerve or optic neuritis, which requires emergency medical attention.
Your Have Reduced Vision at Night
If you find it more difficult than normal to see things at night, the dark could be aggravating your farsightedness. If you stare at digital screens for extended periods or oncoming headlights easily irritate your eyes at night, you may need anti-glare coatings as well. If these coatings don’t work, especially if you’re older than 50, you may have cataracts.
You Have Dry Eyes
In women, eyes may seem drier as they age. This could result in various issues such as reflexive tearing and blurred vision, which are common signs of dry eyes. With this in mind, simple vision changes don’t warrant immediate help, but any kind of discomfort or pain, eye discharge, or redness should be looked at as soon as possible.
Need an Eye Exam? Give Us a Call
Set up a consultation with one of our eye doctors, Dr. John Couvillion, Dr. Barbara Noguchi, or Dr. Robert Mason, here at the Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, LA, by calling (225) 768-8833.
Your vision is precious. Protect it with great eye health habits. At Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, LA, Drs. Couvillion, Noguchi, and Mason provide state of the art medical eye exams, surgeries and continuing care for long-term conditions. Preventive education is a big part of what they do.
Young and old alike
We all need to care for our eye health. Whether or not you wear eyeglasses or contacts to correct vision deficiencies, you should have a periodic medical eye examination. If you're 40 or older, you should see your eye doctor at the Baton Rouge, LA, clinic annually--earlier and more frequently if you have symptoms or underlying health conditions, such as diabetes. This recommendation comes from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Routine eye health maintenance
Your eye doctor recommends several easy-to-do habits that promote ocular health no matter your occupation, age or activity level. They include:
- Wearing protective eyewear for certain occupations and most sports
- Using sunglasses consistently (choose ones which block 99% of UVA/UVB radiation)
- Exercising to promote good circulation, a healthy weight, and overall good health
- Reducing your computer, tablet and phone screen time, particularly before bedtime
- Resting from close work, including the computer and crafts, such as embroidery (look away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes, and focus on a point 20 feet away)
- Using moisturizing eye drops if you live or work in a dry environment, take certain medications or are advancing in years
- Maintaining your contact lenses properly to avoid dry eye and bacterial infections
- Eating a balanced diet, including fish, leafy vegetables and citrus fruit
- Drinking at least eight glasses of water every day to stay well hydrated
- Following a smoking cessation program (cigarettes increase the incidence of macular degeneration, cataracts, and other vision loss problems)
- Getting adequate rest every night
We'll help you have and maintain your very best eye health for life. Contact Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana in Baton Rouge for an eye examination with Dr. John Couvillion, Dr. Barbara Noguchi or Dr. Robert Mason. They have convenient satellite locations in Zachary, Opelousas, New Roads, Hammond, Covington, and Alexandria. Phone the main number at (225) 768-8833.
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