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 is Insulin?
Insulin is a hormone produced in the body (within the pancreas) which lowers the sugar in your blood by bringing it into cells to be used as energy. If your body doesn't produce insulin or isn't able to use the insulin in your body, you either have Type I or Type II diabetes. People with diabetes may have to take insulin in order to help manage their blood sugar levels.
Does my risk of blood clots change the longer I stay on the pill?
There is a slightly higher chance of blood clots while taking birth control pills, however the overall risk is still considered quite low. The risk appears greatest in the first year of taking the pill, or if you stop the pill for more than a month and then start taking it again. If you are in a pattern of starting and stopping the pill frequently, you may wish to review your birth control options with your doctor.
Who can help manage my chronic pain?
Your doctor is the best place to start when trying to figure out a treatment plan for your chronic pain. If you are noticing that your pain is affecting your everyday activities, you can talk to your doctor about seeing a pain specialist or pain clinic. These specialists may have other health professionals working with them who can help you work on a management plan to maximize your quality of life.