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 lifestyle options might help me manage my rheumatoid arthritis?
The most important lifestyle change which will help with your rheumatoid arthritis management is to quit smoking if you currently smoke. Along with your medication plan, you might find benefit in working with a physiotherapist to preserve your function. Your rheumatologist can help you determine the timing of any lifestyle options as appropriate.
What is gout?
Gout is a common form of arthritis. The arthritis is caused by high levels of uric acid that the body is unable to break down properly. Gout typically causes pain in smaller bones of the feet (i.e., the toes), and requires medication to treat. Speak with your physician if you feel you may have gout.
When does a fever in a child need medical care?
If you are concerned about your child's fever, you should seek medical attention. You may try treating it at home with acetaminophen or ibuprofen, but if the fever doesn't respond and your child's behaviour is off (lethargic or sluggish), this is another indication they may need to see a doctor.