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 good and bad cholesterol?
There are two main types of cholesterol in the body. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is commonly referred to as bad cholesterol, as it contributes to fatty deposits in the arteries. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is known as good cholesterol, as it has a heart protecting function.
What is the relationship between smoking and rheumatoid arthritis?
Smoking is known to cause difficulty in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Smoking can increase your chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis seven-fold. It is essential that you quit smoking if you are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Your rheumatologist and physician can discuss resources to support you in quitting, and take any other medications into consideration to provide you with appropriate options.
What complications can be caused by ear infections?
There are a few issues that can arise from ear infections, however they are not very common. The ear drum can rupture, which can instantly relieve the pressure and pain of the ear infection. In children that have frequent ear infections, some hearing loss or impairment can also be seen.