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 can I expect when I go home after coronary artery bypass surgery?
Once you are discharged from the hospital following your surgery, you will have a list of guidelines to follow at home to continue your recovery. You will be taught how to clean your wound, what you should be doing for diet and exercise, and you'll have a few restrictions to follow with respect to lifting and driving. Your surgeon and care team will give you these guidelines prior to your hospital discharge.
What is lupus disease?
Lupus disease affects the autoimmune system, and basically causes the body to attack itself by increasing inflammation in the organs and throughout the body. Lupus and can range in severity as well as the symptoms it causes in those affected. The most common effect of lupus is skin conditions and sun sensitivity. Lupus can be difficult to diagnose so speak with your physician if you feel you should be screened for lupus.
What is an arthroscope?
An arthroscope is an instrument that can be used to see the inside of a joint, and magnify the image on a screen so the surgeon can have a closer look at the area. It is helpful also because it can be inserted through a small incision, rather than making a large incision and separating the tissue open to give a look inside. It is often used to explore the nature of joint issues and to allow for repairs to be made.