A cataract is a clouding of the lens in your eye. It affects your vision. Cataracts are very common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all people in the United States either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.
Common symptoms are
Colors that seem faded
Not being able to see well at night
Frequent prescription changes in your eye wear
Cataracts usually develop slowly. New glasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses or magnifying lenses can help at first. Surgery is also an option. It involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens. Wearing sunglasses and a hat with a brim to block ultraviolet sunlight may help to delay cataracts.
I am planning to have cataract surgery. Age 60 no health issue except cholesterol. I have high number abvout -8 of right eye. Lef tis still better. I heard after surgery, my number will improve. How much ? So once one eye is operated, when will be second operated ? S o during this whole process of both eye surgery, how would I will manage, specially at work, where I use computer. What kind of glases prescription would be changed. how much time it ill take to settle my eye sight. I am tense and still have these questions in my mind. Whosoever answered some of my questions earlier, I am very thankful to them . Let me know if somebody has experienced the situation
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Recently, my 12 year old springer has been acting very weird. Initially, I thought he was in pain so we took a trip to the vet where she diagnosed him with arthritis and hip dysplasia. We go him started on some meds and he seems to have less trouble walking around. This was about a week ago. However, he is still very against the idea of going outside for more than a minute or two to go to the bathroom. According to the vet, his health is otherwise fine. We did blood work and everything. He has moderate cataracts but he has been like that for a while and his hearing seems fine. I live in an apartment so walks are really the only time he gets to go out. I'm worried that he is not getting the exercise he needs. He used to LOVE walks. Over the past 2 weeks he will barely go around the block (and that's on a good day). He is also barking more frequently at noises outside, which he barely did before but that is less of an issue than him not wanting to go out.
For most of the day he is sleeping in the bathroom, another odd thing since he is usually right at my side all day. He does still get up and run around the house with his toys a few times a day. He also has been eating and drinking normally.
I just don't know what to do. I know he is older but it seems odd for him to deteriorate like this practically over night. He went from being a rather active older dog to barely wanting to do anything most of the day in a matter of hours, it seems.The only other thing I can think of is that, just a day or so before this all started, my neighbors dog got out and was hit by a car in front of our building. Could he be reacting to this even though he didn't see it? Is he reacting to my stress over him and school (its finals week)? He has periods of acting normally but over all he is just not right. Any tips? All advice is appreciated!
Lily- Thanks! I figured the barking was just boredom. I give him his Kong filled with cheesy goodness to try and occupy him. I guess I'm just scared that if he is still in pain it means that the meds won't work for him. I don't want him to live the rest of his life hurting but his quality of life is nowhere near bad enough to put him down. He loves being around us too much. He still jumps up on my bed, he is not incontinent, he plays when he feels up to it, and he wags his tail every time he sees me. Everyone says that, when its time I'll just know. That's how it was with my first dog and my cat that went after, we just knew it was time. I just hope he isn't seemingly depressed like this forever. Again, thanks!
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I see flashing lights, a lot of eye floaters, tiny blind spots, lines of light and colors that aren't there, everything looks like when a tv doesn't work and it's scratchy, one eye has a red concentration and the other is green, and my left eye is kinda blurry. I'm going to see an eye doctor, I just want to find out what it is before I do.
Resolved Question: What is wrong with me, or my vision?
I have 20/20, i dont wear glasses or contacts. Sometimes things are "bluer" in my left eye, and "redder" in my right eye. like if i close my right eye and look out my left, then switch, the worlds a different shade in each eye. It doesnt really bother me, its just kinda weird... Do yall know why my eyes are like that? I dont really think it matters, but my eyes are dark brown. They look black.
I am a smoker, and I know there are many heath risks associated with smoking. I am just wondering if someone could please give me a list of all the health risks? It would give me a better understanding on what I'm actually doing to my body.
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Hi, i need some questions concerning diabetes, but i ran out of ideas for new questions. I already have things like What causes Type one diabetes; Which country has the most people infected with diabetes?; What is the biggest cause of diabetes?; and other general questions.
the problem is, i don't know a lot about diabetes to make some harder questions
Resolved Question: Is my dog too old for eye removal surgery?
My dog is 14 years old and has glaucoma in one of his eyes. He also lost his vision completely from cataracts in that eye and also has severe hyphema for almost 2 1/2 months now that doesn't seem to be going away. It's causing his pressure to raise even more. I really wanted to stick to giving him eye drops but the hyphema is just making the pressure worse and the glaucoma eye drops aren't working.
I am so nervous at the idea of surgery because I feel like he is too old and his body wouldn't be able to handle it. He doesn't seem to have any other health problems besides his eyes and loosing his hearing but Im still skeptical. Im scared he's not going to react well to the anesthesia and be in constant pain after surgery. Do you think it would be a good idea to give him the surgery or wait it out to see if the hyphema will go away?
Hyphema is bleeding in the eye for those who don't know...
Im not going to put him to sleep. He's completely healthy outside of the pressure in his eye. Would u put a human to sleep for having eye pain?
They aren't human but I wouldn't throw my dogs life away just because of glaucoma. He only acts like he's in pain maybe once a week (and I give him pain pills then) so why in the world would I kill him because of that?
I have a miniature shih-tzu and she'll be 11 years old in June. She's been very healthy most of her life but in the last 18 months, her health has declined a lot. She was diagnosed with Cushings disease which isn't necessarily fatal but can cause lots of problems. She's pretty stable right now but my biggest concern is her sight. Around the same time the Cushings was discovered, a cataract was found in her right eye. At the time, it was small and it didn't seem to cause much of a change in her. Unfortunately, another cataract was found in her left eye and within a few months, her eyesight has declined so much, she's close to being blind. I've kept the house as it is, changing nothing so she can get around but at times, I find her staring at a wall or walking in circles. She use to be so good about going outside to potty but now, it's rare if she doesn't have an accident in the house. Is there anything I can do to help her or make all of this easier on her? I feel as though I letting her down. I'm just as concerned about her emotional health as I am her physical and while I leave that side to the vet, what can I do to keep her happy and upbeat? She's been my best friend since the day I brought her home and we rarely spend significant time apart so it would seem I would know her and her needs but I'm completely at a loss and it's really upsetting me. Any suggestions?
Resolved Question: i am diabetic since 3y and metformin sr 500 a day .latest bs 136/226 having metalic taste past 20 days ??? wha?
I am a diabetic patient since 12 years and presently my sugar level is 245 fasting and 350 pp. I am aking amaryl 6 mg and human mixtard insulin 40 units both morning and in the evening. Still my sufar level is not redued. What is the best medicine in Alternative medcine that will keep my blod sugar level i normal range.
Resolved Question: Blurry vision in right eye. What's the cause?
Approximately two weeks ago I noticed my eyes going slightly cross-eyed while behind the computer. I immediately checked focus abilities both close up and afar using each eye individually.
My left eye had clear, crisp vision but unfortunately for my right eye it's a bit blurry when viewing things further away than a few feet.
Could anyone provide me with possible causes and information on eye health and how to improve it?
- I'm 17.
- There are absolutely no eye-related problems on both sides of family.
- Avoiding a computer is not an option since I do online schooling.
- I have an appointment with an optician tomorrow.
Resolved Question: Am I likely to have peripheral neuropathy if no retinopathy?
I asked my doc if I would likely be able to feel numbness in my feet if my eyes are fine. He says I am in great control and always have been for 15 years and I'd have eye damage if I'd have peripheral neuropathy. Is this true?
I know background retinopathy is usually if not always the first complication that shows in diabetics with high blood sugar
Hi, my feet muscles are always twitching. I didn't have this problem before but since the past few weeks it has really annoyed me. I had cataract surgery and and using vigamozand prednosolone eye drops since 3 weeks and noticed that these muscle twitches started after the surgery. Can these medications cause these aide effects?
Resolved Question: need to know everything possible about k9 diabetes?
I have a dog named walter and always thought he was diabetic but not sure so i need to know everything possible about it. The situation is as follows:
Walter is a small breed 3 yr old. Have his mother and father (they have no health problems). He has seizures. I always thought it was diabetes b/c when he starts seizing i give him something with sugar (karo or maple syrup) and after 3 to 5 minutes he comes out of it and is just fine. His seizures are more frequent (once a week) and im afraid if i dont get them under control hes going to have one one day and not come out of it. He is under regular care from a vet b/c when he was young he was diagnosed with demodex mange. When he was diagnosed (about 2 years ago) the vet gave me ivermix to give him. They also recommended comfortis for his fleas. I was treating him with both for about 60 days. Anybody who has experience with comfortis knows that that mixed with ivermectin is a big no no. I did not know this until it was to late. I talked to my vet about doing something for his seizures and they said there is nothing they can do unless walter has a seizure in their office and they can draw his blood. I am currently asking around to find a different vet to take walter to if this is not true. I looked up the 10 symptoms of diabetes and walter does not have any of them. He is not lethargic, no weight gain or loss, no increased appetite or thirst, no cataracts. Nothing he is a playful 3 yr old who loves to go outside and run. I'm trying to avoid getting to the day where he has to be put to sleep b/c the seizures are so bad. Right now its just a 5 minute seizure 1-4 times a month. There is no rhyme or reason to his seizures either usually they happen during the night when he is sleeping but one day i was standing in the kitchen eating and he was watching me. Next thing i know i heard a thud and looked down and he was flopping around. When he has a seizure his legs get extremely stiff, his eyes bulge, and lately his head has started flopping in circles. I always assumed diabetes b/c if i give him sugar he slowly comes out of it. I dont want to sit and wait to see if he comes out of it on his own b/c i dont want to wait to long to give him sugar. How long is it safe to wait if it is a sugar seizure? Thanks in advance!
hes had seizures his whole life but they have gone from a couple times a year to a couple times a month over the years. Severity has stayed the same frequency has changed. It sounded funny to me to but im not a vet so i thought id ask
Hey guys I know the basics of those things but whats the full meaning of all of those I know vitamin c is for colds and calcium a for bones but what about everything else what does my body need to have energy and be healthy all the Time what should I eat morning lunch dinner.., if it helps I try to eat an apple or banana every morning with peanut butter sandwich should I continue that what other vitamins do I need ... If it helps I'm 17 6,2 260 lbs my muscle out weighs my body fat for the most part play football workout out 3-4 times a week thanks for your helps
Thanks you for the answer its greatly appreciated!!!!
Resolved Question: What do these sympoms sound like? Do I have something wrong?
I am really concerned about my health. What does this sound like? I am having some very frustrating and severe vision loss that are almost like streaks through my vision, and even some loss of my peripheral vision. I have constant headaches and occasionally get bad migraines as well. I have always been a straight A student in school, but lately I just cannot focus on things and it has been causing my grades to drop. Also on top of all this, I have been diagnosed with severe depression. Does all this relate? Please help me find an answer. I am a 16 year old girl and my mom refuses to listen or bring me to a doctor. But I have seen an eye doctor who doesn't seem to see anything wrong except my normal vision problems which I have contacts for. Please help.
Resolved Question: How long do my dogs have left to live?
They are nearly 14. They are very healthy and energetic. Not fat at all and go out for a walk nearly every day. One likes to sleep a lot. The other one just likes to lay down. They are a German Shepherd and a Dalmation. How long aprox will they live for?
Resolved Question: Hello to all. Diagnosed just yesterday?
Though I'm kinda expecting this as it runs in the family, I still feel grumpy since yesterday when the test confirmed that I have T2 diabetes. I'm here to find some support and help me manage my diabetes. I hope all of you can help me.
Resolved Question: How long does it take to recover after cataract surgery?
Last September I was given the oportnity to restart my first year at college after failing my exams last year due to illness. Unfortunatly within a month of my year 12 restart I recieved the news that I had cataracts in both eyes and would eventually go blind. I informed my college the very same day as to keep them up to date. I requested that my college learning support team enlarge my work as so I could continue attending class; however in failing to do this I was forced to drop one of my four As levels. Luckily my other subject teachers took it upon themselves to help me with my work. A few months later with my vision seriously deteriorating I received a phone call from the learning support team asking for me to meet up with them immediatly, upon which I was accused of lying about losing my vision and over exaggerating my other health issues (diabetes and nephrotics syndrome). Though very angered by this I still continued attending college up until the last week of term before the christmas holidays, each day taking 4 buses to get to college. At this point I had next to no vision.
In Jan 13 I had my first cataract removal where I regained sight in one eye; I returned to college as soon as my recovery period was over however this was only 1 week prior to my second operation. During each recovery period I had been completing work and revising for each of my As subjects.
Last week I recieved a phone call from my college asking for me to attend a meeting with regards to my return to college.
At the meeting today I was told that my college did not believe that I would be able to pass any of my summer exams and that they would not be allowing me to sit them. However I was also informed that I would no longer be able to continue my education at my college. As far as I'm aware it was never an option for me to leave the college after my operations.
Can my college tell me to leave and not allow me to sit my exams after having two operations in which they were informed of and had been officially documented by the college beforehand.
Thanks for readng, sorry about the long post.
I have right eye cataract since 1997, when I was just 10, possibly traumatic cataract (according to doctors). The whole lens has been cloudy since 1997, 0 vision. And I was using cosmetic lenses that used to cover white pupil to not attract peoples attention. Another issue was the right eye(w/cataract) was not perfectly aligned with left one. It always used to point at my nose, but I could bring it to normal by looking to opposite direction(up to eyebrow).I used to live in Russia that times, we went to many Ophtolmologists with my parents, however none of them agreed to do surgery because of uncertainty and my age. They told us to wait.
A year ago I noticed that it changed little, got mixed, somewhere white and somewhere black in pupil, 70% (white); 30%(black) with 0 vision. Also my right eye(with cataract) iris is little smaller than the left one, not noticeable if not looked closely. And alignment also changed, now it goes to right upper corner, and Im again trying to bring it to normal by looking to opposite direction and its kind of working.
Now Im living in Fairfax, Virginia. And I have a strong desire to restore my eyesight (at least some).
So my question is:
1. Is there any precautions that I must know before going under surgery?
2. How to choose right surgeon or place for surgery? (googled it, couldnt find anything but ad)
3. Do I need one or two surgeries? For cataract separate and for crossing eye.
4. My insurance doesnt cover eye related health problems, what are the best and mostly accepted insurance plans, only vision or general.
5. How much it will cost me without insurance?
Resolved Question: How could I improve my relationship with my parents?
First off, I come from an immigrant family. Yet my parents still live like they're fresh off the boat, they feel they can't live to the expectations of most people in society nowadays. It all started when my dad got laid off from work because of health conditions. He was not a workingclass person, he used to be an electrician back home. He didn't really have to deal with an enviroment of physical work, to add more to this he took upon 3 workingclass jobs. One by one each of his limbs or organs started obtaining a disease or condition (arthiritis, shoulder joint pain, piles, back pains, an old cataract surgery redone etc.) My mom on the other hand was a housewife who to this day feels she needs to pick up and drop my sister from school, feed her, carass her (she is 10 years old now) So even after years since my dad has been laid off she doesn't wan't to go to work and my dad doesn't want her to go either. I offered my mom to pick up and drop my sister, still the answer is no. So we are basically making a living off of my dad's ODSP cheque.To add on to the stress now all my dad does is watch soap operas all day, while my mom sleeps on the couch. We never go out to eat or watch a movie as family, even if we can't afford to go to fancy restaurants we could do some family activities once in a while. They don't even go out for their enjoyment, this may be because my parents particullarly my dad, are showing signs of being clinically depressed. I envy the people who have a perfect family because we have nothing perfect about ours; my dad is short tempered, we are poor, we don't do anything as a family, my parents never taught me any of their skills (my mom was an athlete during her school days and my dad has a few degrees), my parents who knew some english and went to english class didn't want to develop or maintain their skills (they are socially awkward), they continue annoying me by either turning their foreign channels or songs up out loud (even at night)etc...
Resolved Question: How can I get rid of eye floaters?
I'm only 14, and I got a eye floater in 2012 and now to this day I have the one I can see then like 2 other eye floaters that don't bother me. For some reason in math class at school It seems to bother me in just that class not in English, not in, Social Studies, not in Health, not in computers either. It's weird I just mostly notice them in Math class. Please Help, and you can tell I'm only 14 and I really don't want to get surgery on my eye I really don't know when my Dad is going to take me to the eye doctor. HELP
Resolved Question: Recently diagnosed with diabetes type II, need advice?
This past week I was diagnosed with type II diabetes, and it has really stopped me in my tracks. I am living a normal college female life, I am 20 years old, healthy, and was happy until this. I am in shape, I work out regularly and have been a vegetarian for the past 10 years. I thought I was doing everything right but my doctor thinks I have to change a lot of my behaviors. I am really stressing out about this situation I am in now. Could someone please help outline things I need to start doing or behaviors that I should change. Thank you
Resolved Question: SSI has been taken away.I have serious health issues.What do I do?
I have epilepsy,lymph edema,cellulitis,blood clots,glaucoma,cataracts,depression,high cholesterol,chronic pain,restless leg synrome,and now I hear that the screens they put in to keep clots from going to my lungs are defective.They need to be removed. I also take meds and just ONE med costs $700 a month.I am on 10 medications.
.Before I remarried,my worker told me it was okay to get married,nothing would be affected. .Now my SSI and med coverage are both being taken away.
In addition,,my husband lost his job shortly after we remarried . .We relocated for 9 months so he could work.Soc. Sec. now wants $16,000 from me because I didn't put my daughter out on the street while I was gone.I let her live in the house she and I have lived in for 20 years.My husband and
I have moved back into my house but in less than a week mySSI and med coverage stop.Without my meds,I die.What do I do? Any ideas?
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Having like shooting pains off and on in both lower legs almost like its the muscle or nerves idk. im 27 type 2 and my levels have been under control for some yrs now ranging from 80-175 at the highest.
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For an experiment I am doing a mouse and maze experiment. My teacher said we can trap the mouse/mice, but what are the health risks involved with working with wild mice? Are there precautions I can take to lessen the risk of disease?
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Today when I looked at my canary he had a little feather in his eye, I tried to pull as much as I could but part of it is still stuck in his eye and im afraid if I keep trying to pull it out something might happen to him or his eye... Besides the vet, what is something I can do at home?
Apart from that, he still behaves normal except he's no longer singing.
Resolved Question: Should old people feel threatened by our new national healthcare system, Obamacare?
“Thousands could lose their sight as NHS cuts cataract surgery by a quarter.” Cataracts are endemic in old people.
“Top doctor's chilling claim: The NHS kills off 130,000 elderly patients every year” Professor Patrick Pullicino said doctors had turned the use of a controversial ‘death pathway’ into the equivalent of euthanasia of the elderly.
-11/29/12 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-…: The innocent children are being put on controversial “death pathways,” once only thought to have involved elderly and terminally ill adult patients."
-12/18/12 http://www.france24.com/en/20121218-repo… “France should allow doctors to "accelerate the coming of death" for terminally ill patients, a report to [socialist] President Francois Hollande recommended Tuesday.”
President Obama's favorite economist Paul Krugman: We're also "going to have to ... really make decisions about health care, (and) not pay for health care that has no demonstrated medical benefits."
"Death panels and sales taxes is how we do this."
-3/24/13 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/5044885/One-in-three-doctors-support-euthanasia. One in three doctors support euthanasia
Resolved Question: What to do when blood sugar level is 397?
1. Shock and anger ensued this week as CVS employees learned that if they didn't turn over medical information [like BMI] to their insurers, they'd be fined. But CVS is merely rolling out what may become one of the most controversial aspects of ObamaCare a little ahead of schedule.
2. Starting in 2014, per the dictates of the federal government, your doctor must record your body mass index (BMI), which measures whether you are overweight, each time he or she treats you and turn it over to the government via your electronic health record, which every patient is required to have. Didn't go to a doctor? Well then the "surprise inspection" of your BMI at work or at home will verify the information.
3. Your BMI will then be tracked by the Health and Human Services Department, the agency rolling out ObamaCare, and a bevy of other state and federal agencies.
4. Obviously, it is easy to foresee overweight patients or those who smoke are branded "undeserving" and denied treatments like cataract surgery (without which they could eventually go blind) and knee and hip surgery, leaving some who don't qualify for the surgery in agonizing pain. This already is fact in the UK.
One way or another, under Obamacare, you will lose weight, stop smoking, and get healthier - or face the wrath of the federal government. You ok with that?
Edit: Overweight. In the UK you can be denied knee surgery because of being overweight. Strange. I saw a knee specialist in Dallas last year who performs operations all the time. He said he cannot say being overweight is a factor. Plenty of skinny people get knee surgery. In his estimation it does not matter.
@The Third Way .. agreed on smoking. But I am overweight and very healthy. A lot of my skinny friends have had open heart surgery from cholesterol issues. They thought they were bullet proof because they were normal weight [didn't go to a doctor]. I take care of my issues [go to a doctor regularly]and still healthy at nearly 70.
Resolved Question: what medical tests should diabetes patients have ?
Since the researches now tell us Glucosamine is now not as efficient as once thought I've stopped taking it for quite awhile now and really haven't noticed any difference.
I do still take my daily Omega 3 capsule and vitamin B supplement though. If I miss taking the Omega 3 for any length of time I do notice a subtle difference in that my joints etc start tightening up.
So friends hopefully you're not suffering from any aches and pains but if you are what do you take or apply to help ease the pain?
Resolved Question: Being a diabetic person,under insulin 28-30 morning evening,and being handicapped,is there remedy?
I've been hearing a lot of opposite opinions so I'd appreciate some clarification.
I've been hearing foods like Pedigree and Beneful are bad for dogs. Is that true?
Can you tell my any brands to stay away from and brands to gravitate towards? What are specific things I should look for when purchasing food? I'm off to do my own research right now and look through my dogs books but I'd like opinions for real owners too. Thanks :)
Resolved Question: Parents over fed the dog:What to do?
We currently own working-line German Shepherd,& I'm health freak about his what he eats & how much he eats.
It bad enough that he's fed an unhealthy food(Ol'roy possibly the worst food on the market). She clearly has a food allergy, which was confirmed by the local vet. Of course they recommend science diet,at least it's better then Ol'roy.
Another problem I have is that,they over fed him. He will beg(a behavior I discourage) ,& they will feed him more dry food.
He's overweight,& while I exercise him daily,feeding him excessive amounts of food isn't helping. I want healthy,lean,well-muscled dog,not a overweight dog that leads to all kind of problems.
I want a fit dog,so my GSD can perform to the best if abilities.
I will be doing agility,Flyball & with the possibility of Schutzhund(still researching,I want a dog to excel in area it was bred to do).
I know I'm healthy freak,probably to concerned about my dogs health. O_o
He's fed poor quality diet,otherwise he's generally healthy.
He doesn't need need a vet,he has allergies,& he takes pills.
My mom cares about our dog,she's Just uneducated on the proper diet for dogs.
Resolved Question: How can I naturally improve my vision? Can it be done?
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