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 are the risk factors for heart disease?
There are 2 groups of risk factors - those that you cannot change (non-modifiable) and those that you can change (modifiable). Non-modifiable risk factors include gender, family history and age. Modifiable risk factors pertain to lifestyle and include diet, exercise, smoking and alcohol intake. You can get more information on your specific risk factors by speaking with your physician.
Can birth control help my acne?
Birth control pills are sometimes recommended for women who are having trouble with their acne treatment. The hormones in the birth control pills may be helpful in treating acne if other creams and medications are not being effective. You can speak with your doctor if you have questions about using oral contraceptives for your acne.
How can phototherapy treat psoriasis?
Phototherapy may be useful in treatment some cases of psoriasis. UVA lights that contain a medication called sorion can help with psoriasis treatment, and the inflammation of psoriasis can be reduced with ultraviolet B rays. This type of treatment would involve several visits to a phototherapy centre, and your doctor or dermatologist can help you understand if this type of treatment is appropriate for your psoriasis.