Maximize and Protect the Vision You Have

Caring for your vision doesn’t begin and end with eyeglasses, contact lenses and corneal modification surgeries like LASIK. There are many other things you can do to maximize and protect the vision you currently have. Several studies have shown that a diet high in the nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin can help prevent sight-robbing diseases like macular degeneration and cataracts.

In addition, taking steps to prevent visual trauma, like bruises and cuts to the eye, can guard against permanent vision loss. Regular use of eye protection on the job, at home and while playing sports can prevent up to 90 percent of eye injuries. The American Optometric Association developed the Occupational Vision Manual to assist employers and employees in keeping workplaces safe.

Other preventable dangers that can build over time include digital eye strain and overexposure to ultraviolet rays. In addition, over 10 million U.S. children suffer from undetected vision problems, even when they pass a school vision screening. These vision problems can negatively affect their school performance.

An essential component of healthy vision is a yearly comprehensive eye examination. Optometrists detect and treat problems and conditions of the eye and can help you get the most from your vision. Optometrists can also diagnose systemic health problems that require treatment by your primary care physician.

The preceding article, brought to you by Dr. David Heitmeier, was a news release from American Optometric Association. For further questions please contact Heitmeier, Armani, Langhetee and Cangelosi Medical and Surgical Eyecare at (504) 368-7081.

About the author

Dr. David Heitmeier

Dr. David Heitmeier

A lifelong resident of the West Bank, David Heitmeier is a Doctor of Optometry and owns and manages one of the region's most successful clinical practices. A 1979 graduate of Holy Cross High School, Doctor Heitmeier went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Biological, Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Completing his education with a doctorate in Optometry in 1987 from the University of Houston, he chose to work in the community he loves and founded Heitmeier & Armani - Medical and Surgical Eyecare. Doctor Heitmeier's commitment to hard work and innovation has earned him the admiration of his colleagues in the field of healthcare. He has lectured on business organization and efficiency and has taught the principles of patient service and ethics around the country.

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