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 medication options are available for atrial fibrillation?
Based on your current medical status and the severity of your atrial fibrillation, your physician may recommend one or more medications to help manage your condition. Anticoagulants to help prevent clotting in your blood are commonly prescribed in most atrial fibrillation patients (like Warfarin or Coumadin).
What are the risks of undergoing a knee replacement?
There are always risks with surgery, and knee replacement is no different. While they may not be common, risks in this type of surgery can include blood clots in the leg, infection, and stiffness. Your surgeon will be able to fully explain the procedure and provide you with more information on potential risks prior to your operation.
What are the symptoms of asthma?
Asthma affects the respiratory system, so symptoms will include coughing, wheezing and possibly difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. If you or someone around you is having symptoms of asthma, you should see your doctor to determine if you need treatment to manage the symptoms.