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 advantages of valve replacement done with a catheter?
The main advantages to valve replacement done by catheter is the hospital stay is generally shorter, the recovery is typically faster, and there is less risk of bleeding. The procedure brings a lower risk of infection as well since the chest wall is not opened, as in traditional valve replacement surgery. Your surgeon will review with you the surgical options for your valve replacement procedure.
What side effects are possible from my osteoarthritis medications?
Some people experience minor side effects from the anti-inflammatories (Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Naproxyn) that include nausea, heartburn or indigestion. There are some potentially serious side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding and even stroke, however these are more rare occurrences. You should contact your physician for any questions related to your specific medications, and if you are experiencing any symptoms that could be caused by your medications.
What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterized by inflammation. Patches of psoriasis may be red and raised with whitish flaking scales on them. Psoriasis can have a wide range of appearances and symptoms can be mild or severe.