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.
How can a nurse help manage my rheumatoid arthritis?
A nurse can be a key player on your health care team when managing rheumatoid arthritis. Your nurse will help administer medications to you, especially those that are given by IV or through an injection. Due to the medications you take, your immune system will be suppressed and your nurse can help ensure you have appropriate vaccinations. Consider your nurse a valuable part of your management plan, and a direct partner of your rheumatologist.
How can a wellness coach help me manage my diabetes?
It is a big change to adjust to a new condition or health diagnosis. You know what you should do, and are told what you should do, to help control your diabetes, but putting those steps into action can be a difficult process. A wellness coach can work alongside your diabetes care team to help you understand your diabetes and how the lifestyle changes suggested can help you manage your health. They can help you with strategies and tools to help you implement the lifestyle changes you are working toward.
What is esophagitis?
Esophagitis is irritation in the esophagus that is caused over time by continuing reflux. It can cause symptoms of the irritation, and can actually cause small blood loss which can lead to anemia (lower than normal levels of red blood cells in the body).