Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world. Glaucoma is often associated with elevated intraocular pressure, in which damage to the eye (optic) nerve can lead to loss of vision and even blindness.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye over time as people age. Cataracts often develop slowly and can affect one or both eyes. The only treatment is to have the effected lens replaced through surgery.
Refractive eye surgery is the term used to describe surgical procedures that correct common vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. Surgery can eliminate the need for prescription eyeglasses and/or contact lenses.
What are the signs of scoliosis?
The first sign of scoliosis tends to be noticing that the shoulders are not even. In the case of scoliosis in adolescence, sometimes a parent will notice that their teen's back doesn't look straight and might resemble a C or an S. The muscles on either side of the spine can have apparent differences which is linked to scoliosis. If you think you have scoliosis, you can ask someone to look at your back from behind you, without any clothing on, to see if the spine appears straight or otherwise. Of course, the best way to diagnose scoliosis is to visit your family doctor and ask to be assessed.
What can I use to help with nicotine withdrawal?
If you are trying to quit smoking, nicotine withdrawal is one of the hardest hurdles to overcome. In order to help you be successful in your attempt, there are several products available for you to consider. These include gum, latches and inhalers, as well as some prescription medication. You can speak with your doctor about what might work best for you.
What are the symptoms of psoriasis?
Psoriasis is usually recognized by changes to the skin, which can include patches of thick, white scaly skin. Often times, these patches burn or are accompanied by itchiness. Common areas these patches show up on the body include the knees, elbows, back, and the buttocks; however, psoriasis can also affect folds in the body (i.e., the armpits) or the scalp. If you think you may have psoriasis you can visit your family doctor to have your skin assessed.