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 common is rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is less common than other forms of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, and affects about 1 in 100 people. This disease typically affects more women than men, and tends to develop in middle age (between ages 40 and 60).
Do I need an insulin pump?
If you have diabetes, you may benefit from an insulin pump to help manage your blood sugar levels. Insulin pumps are not for everyone with diabetes and it depends on the type of diabetes you have. If you have diabetes and do not take insulin, you wouldn't need a pump at all. A growing number of people with Type I diabetes (and some with Type II) do have insulin pumps. You can ask your doctor or diabetes care team if you are a candidate for an insulin pump.
What is the treatment for an earache?
Since ear infections tend to cause a considerable amount of pain and discomfort, the main goal of treatment of an earache is to relieve the pain. Your doctor will be able to help figure out the cause of your earache, and might have other treatment suggestions (i.e., antibiotics) if necessary.