bookmark_borderSleep Apnea Diagnosed

Sleep specialists are doctors who have undergone comprehensive training and additional education in the field of sleep medicine. Sleep apnea doctors are pulmonologists (lungs), neurologists (brain), otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat), psychiatrists (mental health) or family physicians.

Getting a good night’s sleep plays in an important role in our overall health and longevity of our lives. It is highly recommended, if you have irregular sleep patterns, to see a sleep doctor as soon as possible. Getting bad or inefficient sleep can compound through your life taking years away. There are also many health risks involved in getting troubled sleep such as; Cardiovascular disease, (People involved in the study who slept five or less hours per day had a two times higher risk of cardiovascular disease than those who slept seven hours) increased risk of stroke, bad sleep is linked to diabetes, it can Weaken the body’s antibody, Increasing the desire to eat fatty Foods, increase stress levels, and aging.

Test/Diagnosis

After your doctor has referred you to a Sleep Specialist there will be a number of tests he

bookmark_borderMacular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a deterioration of the macula. The macula is at the center of the retina. The retina is the part of the eye that sends visual images to the brain so a person can see. This damage to the macula results in blind spots, blurry or distorted vision. This disease is one of the major visual disease in the United States.

There is not a lot known about macular degeneration. What is known, however is that it is closely linked with aging. There has also been a link found between the disease and a gene variant called complement factor H or CFH. Macular degeneration has two forms: dry or wet. Dry or non-nonvascular macular degeneration is the most common and occurs in 85% to 90% of diagnosis. Wet or nonvascular macular degeneration is a rarer form that results in the worst vision impairments. It is thought that the dry form is caused by thinning of the tissue in the macula. The wet form may be caused by leakage of blood and fluid into the retina.

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bookmark_borderReasons for Blurry Vision

The easiest way to get blurry vision is to walk around without your glasses on. This may sound stupid, but lots of people refuse to go to the eye doctors and get their eyes checked or re-checked. The result: blurry vision.

You can also get blurry vision from consuming too much alcohol or taking illegal drugs. I’m sure most of you have had a few too many beers and had your vision go wacko as a result. I’m also sure that none of you have ever done illegal drugs, so you wouldn’t have any first hand experience with blurry vision because of it. Guess you’ll just have to take my word for it.

If you have high blood pressure you may experience some blurry vision. This is explained in depth in the articles on high blood pressure found on at our site.

Blurry vision can also be a result of over exerting yourself. For instance, if you go jogging and push your body to the limits, it’s only a matter of time before you aren’t getting enough

bookmark_borderHybrid Contact Lenses

Soft contact lenses have long been a favorite by those seeking instant comfort and ease of use. A soft lens is typically larger, with the edges extending out to the white of the eye, beyond the cornea. This makes for a very comfortable lens that can be worn for many hours. One of the main drawbacks with soft lenses is that they provide soft vision. In short, the lens material is soft and relies on tears to maintain it’s consistency, the vision is prone to intermittent blur and general fuzziness.

Hard or gas permeable contact lenses take the cake when it comes to best achievable vision. Because the material is more firm, the lenses maintain their sharp optical acuity. There has never been a question that best visual acuity via a contact lens is achieved with a gas permeable lens. So what has been the drawback with conventional gas perms? The answer is comfort. Gas perm lens wearers need to go through a short adaptation period in order for the lenses to become comfortable.

Recently, hybrid contact lenses have been making a huge splash in the lens world. Hybrid lenses are composed of a gas permeable

bookmark_borderLaser Vision Correction

  • LASIK: Laser assisted in situ Keratomileusis – LASIK is a refractive laser vision correction procedure. It involves the use of a laser to reshape the cornea. A flap is cut in the outer cornea and is lifted out of place while the laser is used to reshape the cornea. The flap is then set back into place after the reshaping is complete.
  • PRK: Photorefractive keratectomy- PRK was the earliest form of laser vision correction. PRK is different from LASIK because instead of cutting a flap in the outer cornea, the outer cornea is actually removed. This means more pain and a longer healing time, but less chance of problems during healing with the cornea not healing in place correctly.
  • LASEK: Laser-Assisted Sub-Epithelial Keratectomy – Like PRK LASEK is different from LASIK because it removes the outer cornea, not cuts a flap in it. However, with LASEK the outer cornea is dissolved with a chemical solution not cut off as is done during PRK.

The main objective in all types of laser vision correction is to reshape the cornea. It is the misshapen cornea that causes vision blurriness. As you can see the differences in each

bookmark_borderSoft Contact Lenses

Soft contact lenses are made of hydrophilic plastic. As soon as they are applied, they absorb the water in the eyes and become soft and pliable. This allows them to fit perfectly in the eye. They are very popular as vision correction lenses and comfortably contour to most eyeballs without any complications.

As mentioned, lenses for people with astigmatism either due to near or far sightedness, bifocals problems, color contacts, and practically every other kind of vision correcting lenses can be found in soft contact lenses varieties. A specialized variety of soft contact lenses are also used these days to reshape the cornea during nights. This helps in giving clear vision even without the contacts during the day, but is not a permanent solution to the problem and the specialized lenses need to be worn every night for good vision the next day. Cornea reshaping helps to encounter myopia during the day.

Since most eyes can adjust to the soft contact lenses, they are definitely more popular than other types of contacts. Also, since they mold well to the eyeball, chances of dust particles getting caught and causing irritation is considerably lesser. Patients who use them

bookmark_borderSunglass Side Shields

The most common UV damage that eye doctors see are melanomas on the eye lids, acute eye pain, cataracts, and degenerative changes to the eye. In fact, studies have found that people who don’t wear sunglasses, exposing their eyes to UV light for hours every day, are three times at risk of developing cataracts. Fortunately, wearing a hat with a brim or sunglasses when going out on sunny days can do a lot to help protect the eyes from UV radiation.

For those who want to protect their eyes even further, there are sunglasses that come with side shields, which block UV light. You’ve undoubtedly seen these shields on the heavy dark glasses worn by older people who already have cataracts and people who have just come from an eye appointment. But sunglass side shields available for anyone who wants to wear them, either as part of some sunglasses design or as add-ons that can be attached to your existing sunglasses.

For people who wear sunglasses while playing sports or engaging in other outdoor activities, side shields offer an additional level of protection from sand, debris and other material that could get into the eye, and

bookmark_borderDiagnosing Dyslexia

Even though a lot of online companies and official companies of various health organizations offer an online alternative for an assessment wherein anyone can conduct the test on his own, it is still a lot better to seek professional help. Administrators of local public schools are equipped with tests that aid in determining if a person is dyslexic or not. These persons are also well trained to handle this kind of tests appropriately. Looking deeper into the family history of the person involved is also an effective way of diagnosing dyslexia. The said learning disability can be inherited from the parents but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the child will most likely acquire the same type or sort of dyslexia and its severity.

Since dyslexia has a long line of signs and symptoms, it would be a better idea to familiarize yourself with these signs. By doing so, you can easily distinguish the person if he really has dyslexia or just a simple learning disorder. Dyslexia by the way is a specific type of learning impairment but when a person is diagnosed with learning impairment, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he has dyslexia. Common symptoms that

bookmark_borderDifferent Types of Dyslexia

First off, let’s see if we can clear up some of the confusion and get a clearer perspective on what the word “dyslexia” really means.

It is important to understand that there are two different schools of thought, two different ways in which the word “dyslexia”itself is used. The two different meanings of dyslexia are:

  • In the pure academic sense the word “dyslexia” has a literal meaning based on the etymology of the word itself. From its parts, ‘Dys’ means wrong or problematic (for example, as in ‘dysfunctional’) and ‘lexia’, means pertaining to words and letters. So literally, ‘dys’-‘lexia’ refers to problems with words.

In this sense, anyone who has a problem with reading, for whatever reason, has dyslexia.

  • There is a wider use and application, used by parents of dyslexics and by dyslexic adults. In the applications sense, dyslexia refers to a range of symptoms that includes problems with reading, writing and spelling plus other problems such as hearing difficulty, poor memory and a lack of physical coordination.

And so, as you can see, the exact meaning of “dyslexia” depends on who is speaking and the context in which the term is being used.

bookmark_borderDiagnose Asthma Symptoms

Your doctor will run several tests to find out whether you do have asthma. He will likely ask you if any of your family members have ever been diagnosed with Asthma. Some people think it is hereditary in most people. Have you ever been tested to see if you have Asthma? Your doctor may decide to test you with what is called a peak flow meter. It is an easy to use devise that can tell how well your lungs pull air in and out. Your peak flow meter can also be an early warning device to warn you of an oncoming attack. This will give you the time to make the preparations and give your body a fighting chance.

Causes for Asthma will still vary from person to person. Maybe it comes from what is in our food, maybe it comes from what is in our water. Let’s think about what is in the air we breathe. Because the pollution will continue to become worse and worse, the cases of Asthma are going up. Years ago before our earth was polluted, there were much fewer cases of asthma and other diseases. As we have damaged our

bookmark_borderBlurry Vision in One Eye

There are several causes of blurry vision. One of them is a need for eyeglasses. If a patient suffers from myopia or hyperopia, glasses may be needed. In nearsightedness and astigmatism, objects from a distance may appear blurry but nearby objects may be clear. The blurring that happens may be more acute at night or patients may experience seeing ghostly images or double vision. Usually, those in the mid-40s develop a need for reading glasses. Another cause of blurry vision could be cataract. Most people think cataracts only occur in older people, but it can also occur in younger people. Cataracts commonly occur in people who are over 50 years of age. Symptoms that accompany blurry vision include problems with seeing at night, glare problems and color problems. While this is a cause for concern, cataracts do not cause pain or the feeling that something is stuck in the eye. Other causes may be macular edema, macular degeneration, optic neuritis and diabetes.

Blurry vision in one eye can also be traced to flu. When you’re sick, your immune system is down so you are most susceptible to infections. If you happen to be coughing as well, you

bookmark_borderAbout Diagnosing Anxiety Symptoms

Other not so obvious anxiety symptoms include, sharp chest pains and difficulty swallowing like the throat is swollen. Many people don’t seek help or treatment for these problems. This might be because the symptom seems insignificant especially if they are intermittent and common such as headaches and muscle tension.

Usually when we have a stomach ache or a headache we simply go down to the store and by some over the counter medication. Some people perhaps realize that they have a problem but are too afraid or embarrassed to seek help. For people with agoraphobia and social anxiety this might be especially difficult.

Others ignore their anxiety symptoms until it becomes a really big problem. Because anxiety disorders are so prevalent most people don’t take notice. Most of us see stress as part of life even though it is one of the biggest causes of health problems. Excessive anxiety and stress can lead to depressive, anxiety and sleep disorders.

Identifying anxiety symptoms is the first stage in recovery. Seek a specialist or qualified doctor who will be able to diagnose and treat you. It’s important to tell them all of your symptoms so that they

bookmark_borderAbout Roles of a Cardiologist

A cardiologist is able to handle different conditions and they include hypertension, coronary heart disease, heart murmurs and even heart attacks. The cardiologist needs to practice preventive medicine, treat heart diseases and also give a diagnosis of the same when there is a need to. The cardiologist may also be required to perform surgical procedures, even though they are limited to the minor ones.

Preventive medicine

Heart problems are usually chronic and they may be around for a very long time. This is why the cardiologist works so hard at the preventive medicine so as to neutralize and eventually reverse progression of disease. The cardiologist has to conduct a physical examination as well as an interview of the patient so as to establish their condition and also predict if there may be issues with the heart. There is also a need to prescribe some form of medication for patients and also give advice on lifestyle so as to ensure the heart health of the patient is sustained and improved.

Diagnostic testing

The main tool that a cardiologist uses is the echocardiogram abbreviated as ECG. This allows the cardiologist to know whether the heart health