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 can cause shoulder arthritis?
There are a number of conditions that can cause shoulder arthritis. You could have arthritis set into the joint following an injury, or from some kind of inflammation. Certain sports and activities that place a high amount of stress on the shoulders can also result in arthritis developing over time.
Which women should completely avoid taking birth control pills?
There are certain health issues that women may have that could put them at an increased risk of complications if they take the birth control pill. If you have uncontrolled diabetes, uncontrolled high blood pressure, breast cancer, or have a history of blood clots, it is likely that the birth control pill is not safe for you to take. If you are considering starting the pill, it is important to share all of your health history with your family doctor to decide the safest choice of birth control for you.
Do all cat bites require treatment?
If you have a superficial cat bite that has not broken the skin, you likely do not require treatment. However, cat bites easily puncture the skin so it is a good idea to have it checked out to prevent infection.