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 does a pacemaker work?
A pacemaker is like a tiny computer in your heart. The settings are all entered by your cardiologist and a minimal heart rate will be programmed into the pacemaker. Once implanted, the pacemaker will kick in if your heart rate falls below the programmed minimal heart rate and take over the pacemaking of your heart. If your heart is beating above the minimal heart rate programmed into your pacemaker, the device will stay idle until it is needed again.
Why are prenatal blood tests important?
One of the things your healthcare provider is going to do on your very first prenatal visit is a series of standard tests.
They will look at your blood type, whether or not you've been exposed to German measles, whether you have had syphilis in the past, your HIV status as well as what your hemoglobin is, and whether youv'e had certainly sexually transmitted diseases.
Would my gout benefit from a steroid injection?
If you are having an acute and severe attack of gout, your doctor may recommend a steroid injection. The needle can be inserted right into the joint to get the steroid into the affected area and can help provide relief of your gout attack without oral medications.