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 long can I take my insulin pump off for?
There are certain situations where you might want to have your pump disconnected, such as swimming or even taking a shower. If you have been given the go-ahead from your diabetes care team to disconnect your pump during these activities, the general limit would be up to an hour before the pump needs to be reconnected.
Why is the adjusting feature on my insulin pump helpful?
If your insulin pump as a feature that allows you to enter info about your blood sugar level and how much carbohydrates are in the food you are about to eat, it makes it easier for you in calculating how much insulin you need. This can prevent errors in calculating you might make which could lead to too high or too low of an insulin dose. You are ask your diabetes care team if you have questions about the settings on your specific insulin pump.
What is Dupuytren's Disease?
Dupuytren’s Disease is a condition that affects the palmar fascia. This is a structure that lies between the skin and the tendons on the palmar side of the hand. The palmar fascia is like a mesh that stabilizes the skin from gliding excessively over the underlying tendons. Dupuytren’s Disease occurs when the palmar fascia spontaneously contracts, causing the fingers to bend. For some patients, this may only cause a lump on the palmar side of the hand.