Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Cataract Awareness Month
A cataract is opacity producing loss of transparency of the lens of the eye.
Most cataracts occur in persons between the ages of fifty and seventy and are due to the gradual deterioration of the tissues of the lenses.
In almost all instances, the disease will eventually appear in both eyes.
Early symptoms are: red eyelids, unexplainable daytime headaches, small specks seen constantly before the eyes, and gradually worsening vision.
Symptoms should be brought promptly to a physician who treats eye disorders.
Effective treatment for a cataract is surgery.
Source: THE NEW ILLUSTRATED MEDICAL AND HEALTH ENCYCLOPEDIA. Unified Edition. 1970. pp. 514-515.
Medic Alert Awareness Month
Medical identification continues to be a critical lifesaving tool for millions of people everyday. Anyone living with diabetes, asthma, heart conditions, stroke, memory impairment, or allergies such as insect, food or medicine should wear a custom-engraved ID, in case they are unconscious and unable to speak for themselves. And those who are the primary caregivers for many individuals with these conditions should also wear a medical ID in order to ensure their loved one receives the attention they need.
Information courtesy of Dick Van Slyke, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, American Medical ID. ©Caring for an Aging Loved One: The Family Caregiver's Guide Book. 2007. Anise J. Matteson.
NOTE: The above is for information only. For medical advise, you should consult your health care professional.