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 can my diabetes affect my vision?
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness, and it is important to have regular eye exams as part of your overall health regime. If your eye doctor notices signs of damage to your retina, you will be referred to an ophthalmologist to fix this and protect your vision.
What medications are used to treat osteoarthritis?
The most common medication used in osteoarthritis is acetaminophen, or aspirin. Over time if your symptoms progress, acetaminophen may no longer be effective and your physician will consider other anti-inflammatory drugs. These include Naproxen or Ibuprofen (available over-the-counter), as well as some prescription drugs. Speak with your physician to address any questions you have about your osteoarthritis treatment plan.
What is electrodessication and curettage?
When you have a small or superficial skin cancer to remove, a dermatologist may suggest doing electrodessication and curettage. This is a procedure where the skin cancer is scraped away and there is no need for stitches to close the wound. The recovery time and risk of infection is lower with this procedure.