Vision loss is among the top 10 disabilities in the United States, with an estimated 3 percent of Americans reporting legal blindness or other visual acuity problems. But while vision loss is common enough that just about everyone knows someone affected by it, certain conditions that require enucleation—the surgical removal of the eye itself—are far rarer. Read on to learn more about the enucleation process, your prosthetic options, and some questions you'll want to ask before undergoing this procedure.
25 July 2018
When you suffer an injury, you may be tempted to delay or skip a visit your orthopedist. But this will affect your chances of attaining full recovery. In the long run it will cost you more. Here's what to do in case of an injury. Apply the RICE Method This is an acronym for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation; some kind of first aid technique. Stop the activity and apply an ice pack on the area.
30 May 2018
It can be difficult to suspect that a friend has a health issue, as you may feel conflicted about how to proceed. On the one hand, you want to respect your friend's privacy — but on the other hand, you want to offer assistance if you're able. This situation can be uncomfortable if you believe that your friend has an eating disorder such as bulimia. However, to be a good friend, it's ideal if you can gently raise the issue in a non-judgmental manner and encourage your friend to get help.
30 April 2018
If you have asthma, then you know just how hard it can be to work around your condition at times. While other people seem to do just fine on a smoggy day, you may find yourself heading to the emergency room in the middle of an asthma attack. Also, you may be saddened by the fact that you can't own pets without it negatively affecting your breathing, or that there are a lot of cleaning supplies that you are unable to use around your home.
28 March 2018
Many people go through life not thinking too much about their colon or their digestive systems in general. However, one of the health screenings that is recommended for all people over 50 is a colonoscopy. When most people hear about a colonoscopy, they do not know what to think or expect, and this can fill them with fear or worry. To avoid feeling this way and to better understand colonoscopies, get to know some of the basic facts about a colonoscopy.
3 March 2018
When it comes to allergies, most assume that they develop in childhood or that they are present from birth. While many are allergic to certain foods, pollen, dander, and dust from birth, others develop allergies as they age. Adult-onset allergies may come as a surprise to those who develop them but they are more common than you may realize. The allergies that develop during adulthood can also run the gamut from mild to life-threatening.
18 January 2018
If you have fallen and can't get up, it could be due to an osteoporotic fracture. Osteoporosis is a condition in which your bones lose their density and become brittle. A simple fall or banging up against something may cause them to break. The most common spots for osteoporotic fractures are the hips, spine, and wrists. Your primary care physician or the emergency room doctor may refer you to an orthopedic doctor to help your bone repair.
30 November 2017