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 the relationship between Vitamin D and bone strength?
Vitamin D does have benefits on bone health. Vitamin D enables calcium to be brought into your bones which supports the strength of your bones. Vitamin D also supports the strength and health of your muscles, which can help protect your bones as well. Stronger muscles lead to less chance of bone injuries from a fall or accident.
What birth control options are currently available for women?
There are several birth control options out there and your doctor can help you decide which is the best for you. The birth control pill is still a very common method, and the pills have changed quite a bit over the past few decades so the hormone dosages in them are fairly low. An IUD is another option and there are newer types available. Condoms are also widely recommended. Obviously, you need to figure out the best choice for you given your current health status and situation, and realize that different types require different reliable use by the user so you can get the information you need from your doctor.
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.