We often associate vision loss as an incidence of later age, or as a condition that only those who are predisposed need to worry about. But good eye health is something that none of us should take for granted, at any age. Because as we progress through life we are met with varied difficulties and so must take similarly varied approaches to vision care. But the one constant throughout should be your vision specialist, who can guide you toward the best vision possible. To learn more, consult your Baton Rouge, LA, professionals Dr. John Couvillion, Dr. Barbara Noguchi, Dr. Robert Mason and Dr. Jimenez of Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana.
Age and Vision
At a younger age, the leading causes for eye problems are injuries and what are known as refractive errors.
Eye injuries in childhood can usually be prevented by following some common-sense tips such as wearing protective eyewear for sports, childproofing the home when children are still little, and avoiding risky behavior later on.
But refractive errors typically cannot be prevented, as these affect how light enters our eyes and this is determined by the shape of them.
Myopia and hyperopia are conditions that determine whether objects further away from us have less focus, nearsightedness, or if instead, we have trouble focusing on objects up close, farsightedness. Astigmatism can be coupled with either condition and it can cause objects at either distance to appear blurry.
While they can’t be prevented, they can certainly be treated by corrective lenses or other options available at your doctor’s office.
Presbyopia, as opposed to the conditions mentioned above, is a type of farsightedness that as we age most of us are likely to develop. It can compound our vision difficulties if we have some already present.
It’s also as we get older that many of the common eye diseases can begin to appear, which are further exacerbated if certain chronic conditions are present. Diabetes, for example, can cause vision problems even from an early age.
Eye Loss & Age Care in Baton Rouge, LA
Treating underlying chronic conditions is always a good first step toward preventing vision problems as we age. So is minimizing the risk of exposing our eyes to injury or damage by limiting our screen time to the necessary, by protecting our eyes from the sun with sunglasses, and trauma with protective eyewear. But the most important thing you should be doing is visiting your eye professionals regularly. If you are keeping up with your checkups your doctor can monitor your vision and advise you before anything major can surprise you, and of course, treat it.
Don’t delay, make your vision a priority, make an appointment today with Dr. Couvillion, Dr. Noguchi, Dr. Mason and Dr. Jimenez of Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, LA, by dialing (225) 768-8833.