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.
Can my pacemaker fail?
A pacemaker is a mechanical device however have a low failure rate. It is important to visit the pacemaker clinic as recommended by your physician in order to monitor your pacemaker device. The function of your pacemaker and its battery life will also be monitored.
What are the symptoms of dementia?
There are subtle changes that you (or those around you) may notice which could be signs of dementia. These include short-term memory difficulties, irritability, issues finding the right word when speaking, and challenges following through on tasks. If you are noticing these symptoms in yourself, or someone close to you, you can speak with your family doctor to see if dementia could be developing.
Why has my doctor suggested reverse shoulder replacement surgery?
If you are scheduled for shoulder replacement surgery, it is likely because non-surgical treatment methods are not being effective in helping you manage the pain and continue with your usual activities. In a traditional shoulder replacement, the tendons of the rotator cuff are used to help prevent dislocation of the shoulder joint following surgery.