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.
Should I go to my doctor or the ER for my atrial fibrillation symptoms?
If you are experiencing symptoms from your atrial fibrillation, such as shortness of breath or palpitations, you should review these with your health care provider. If your symptoms are mild are you are able to function well and perform your daily activities with little effect from your atrial fibrillation, you can likely visit your physician to address your symptoms. However, if you are feeling unwell from your atrial fibrillation symptoms and have moderate to severe shortness of breath and palpitations, you should consider visiting the ER to get your heart rhythm restored to normal as soon as possible.
How do I know if I'm having a COPD flare?
People with COPD can have flares of the disease which bring increased symptoms and usually require treatment. Signs of a COPD flare include increasing coughing, shortness of breath and change in the amount or colour of mucus that is being produced by your cough. You should see your doctor if you notice these symptoms.
Why is the rate of skin cancer increasing?
Skin cancer rates are on the rise, and remains the most common type of cancer for people today. There are a few things that are likely adding to the incidence of skin cancer, and these may include tanning beds as well as increased exposure to the sun.