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 I lower my blood pressure?
A main approach to lowering blood pressure involves lifestyle modifications. There are many positive effects on blood pressure with regular exercise and healthy eating. Lowering your salt intake is a mainstay in treating high blood pressure. In some individuals, these lifestyle efforts are not completely sufficient to treat high blood pressure and medication may be needed.
How can I prevent dementia?
It's difficult to give a magic formula for ensuring you won't develop dementia in your lifetime. The basic recommendation is to make sure that you are actively managing your health along with the help of your family doctor. You should be taking care of any health risks, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, and getting regular exercise.
What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?
There are many symptoms that could be caused by an under active thyroid gland, or hypothyroidism. They include fatigue, sensitivity to cold, weight gain, hair loss, mild depression. If you think you may have thyroid issues, you should speak with your family doctor to be screened.