Catheter – Is It Really Necessary?

By , March 31, 2011 11:05 am

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Many people’s worst nightmare is the day when they revert back to infancy in the ability to control their bodily functions namely defecating and urinating. The market for products that are designed to make life easier to live with incontinence of bowel or bladder is large and here to stay. This includes products like depends adult diapers and urinary catheter models that are in a very competitive market with one another.

Urinary catheters can be placed more permanently and…

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Many people’s worst nightmare is the day when they revert back to infancy in the ability to control their bodily functions namely defecating and urinating. The market for products that are designed to make life easier to live with incontinence of bowel or bladder is large and here to stay. This includes products like depends adult diapers and urinary catheter models that are in a very competitive market with one another.

Urinary catheters can be placed more permanently and suprapubically or they can be placed in a less permanent but still indwelling manner with the foley catheter. Yet another option is the on demand straight catheter which can even be used by the patient on themselves when the feel the urge or at scheduled times. These are more cleanly typically when referring to outward hygienic cleanliness and are certainly a lot more convenient than having to change diapers whenever one has urinated.

What most people don’t realize is that the catheter adds to the mix of potential problems some very serious ones and possibly deadly complications that may far and away outweigh the surface benefits of catheterization. Infection, Infection, Infection!

The urinary catheter dramatically increases the risk of infection of the urinary tract ranging from simple and irritating bladder infections to more serious pyelonephritis or infection of the kidneys which have the tendency of turning into deadly bloodstream infections. It is a little known or at least acknowledged fact that sepsis with a UTI as the source infection is one of the most common killers of the elderly in the US. Often these infections have something to do with instrumentation secondary to urinary incontinence.

So how does the catheter cause all of these problems? Well it is the primary vehicle for the introduction of a bacteria into what is a sterile environment. Certain bacteria are well suited to inhabit the urogenital tract and will thrive if introduced into this environment. These bacteria will then ascend through the ureters up into the kidneys and into the blood stream, if the immune system is weakened (as it commonly is in the elderly) the infection will quickly spread in the body through blood and overwhelms the body’s defenses causing the patient to quickly succumb.

The order of decreasing likeliness for this infection introduction is suprapubic with highest infection rates, foley is next, intermittent straight catheter, and then adult diapers is virtually infection free as far as increased risk is concerned. So though they may not be the most fashionable or the lowest maintenance they may be life saving options.

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Analysis Of Alternative Health Treatments

By , March 28, 2011 11:11 am

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Are you considering an alternative health treatment? Buying a nutritional supplement? Need hard facts on the effectiveness of a therapy?

When evaluating an alternative therapy, as with conventional therapies, there are two basic factors you want to look at: Benefits and Cost.

The benefits can be hard to sleuth out. Many treatments are buried under so much hype, marketing material or legend that it’s hard to figure out the real benefits. Here are several ways to find out…

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Are you considering an alternative health treatment? Buying a nutritional supplement? Need hard facts on the effectiveness of a therapy?

When evaluating an alternative therapy, as with conventional therapies, there are two basic factors you want to look at: Benefits and Cost.

The benefits can be hard to sleuth out. Many treatments are buried under so much hype, marketing material or legend that it’s hard to figure out the real benefits. Here are several ways to find out how effective the therapy is.

User experiences
Other people who have used the product are going to be some of your best sources for information. Printed testimonials have limited use, though, as many of them are fictitious, or exaggerated. A better method is to actually talk to people who have used the therapy and get their opinions first hand. Try to talk to people who have had good and bad experiences. With the people who have had bad experiences, you may find that most of them did not properly use the therapy, in which case you can probably discount them.

Scientific information
Ask your health professional or a sales representative for scientific research on the product or service you are looking at. You can also look for scientific data on PubMed or at libraries.

The cost of a therapy or treatment is not just the financial cost. While price should be figured in, a treatment that really works is worth a lot of money, but one that doesn’t is not worth anything. So price should not be your first concern.

The primary cost you should be concerned with is side effects. Are their side effects that you may experience while taking the therapy? Are there possible long term health risks? Long term damage to your health is a very high price to pay for a treatment.

With careful evaluation, you can choose an effective treatment or therapy that will work for you, without bad side effects.

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10 Reasons For Eye Surgery Lasik!

By , March 25, 2011 11:03 am

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There is no “best” method for correcting vision errors. The most appropriate correction for you depends on your eyes and your lifestyle. You should discuss you situation with your ophthalmologist or eye doctor to decide which correction will be most effective for you.

10 Reasons for Lasik!

1. Nothing is as sweet as the freedom from the hassles and inconveniences of contacts or glasses.

2. You save money! Over the years, the costs of lenses, solutions and glasses amou…

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There is no “best” method for correcting vision errors. The most appropriate correction for you depends on your eyes and your lifestyle. You should discuss you situation with your ophthalmologist or eye doctor to decide which correction will be most effective for you.

10 Reasons for Lasik!

1. Nothing is as sweet as the freedom from the hassles and inconveniences of contacts or glasses.

2. You save money! Over the years, the costs of lenses, solutions and glasses amounts to thousands of dollars.

3. You save time! In one year, the average contact lens wearer spends nearly 60 hours wetting, soaking, rubbing, cleaning and otherwise maintaining them. This is about 2.5 whole days!

4. Imagine waking up in the morning, and being able to see the clock!

5. You get to go swimming, scuba diving and be able to see things!

6. You are able to spontaneously go camping or stay overnight.

7. You are able to take a nap when the mood strikes without first having to remove lenses. Imagine the hassle saved!

8. You will be able to see while putting on makeup or shaving, no more squinting!

9. You will be able to participate in outdoor sports without glasses that fog or get splashed with rain or lenses that dry out in the wind.

10. And most important of all, you w ill be able to avoid the negative consequences of long term contact lens wear!

Clinicians wishing to undertake laser eye surgery should ensure that patients understand the benefits and potential risks of the procedure. So the better you understand your LASIK surgery, and what happens after your surgery, the better prepared you’ll be for your surgery. Patients should be counseled on the potential risks and benefits of LASIK, then make an informed decision. No matter what your motivation may be, the decision to have eye improvement surgery is no small task and it should be considered carefully. If you decide Lasik surgery is for you, consulting your eye doctor is critical to making an informed decision.

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A Remedy For Seasonal Allergies

By , March 22, 2011 11:04 am

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Are you one of the millions that suffer from allergies? Are you looking for information on allergy remedies? If you are a chronic victim of the distressing effects of allergies then it’s high time you found an effective allergy remedy. There are several allergy remedy medications available on the market.

In order to effectively treat your allergies, you need to find the allergy remedy most aligned with your symptoms and needs. You have several avenues to choose from when …

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Are you one of the millions that suffer from allergies? Are you looking for information on allergy remedies? If you are a chronic victim of the distressing effects of allergies then it’s high time you found an effective allergy remedy. There are several allergy remedy medications available on the market.

In order to effectively treat your allergies, you need to find the allergy remedy most aligned with your symptoms and needs. You have several avenues to choose from when searching for an allergy remedy. These avenues include: home remedies, allergy medication, environmental modifications, and a consultation with an Allergist.

Let’s start with home remedies. Home allergy remedies were used before allergy medications surfaced on the medical scene. Be wary of many home remedies. Many of these remedies are based on “old wives tales?

However, there are some steps you can take at home that do work. For example, if you have an allergy to pollen you can minimize its effects by washing your clothing and hair when come home. Make sure to do this before you go to bed, so that you won’t spread any of the pollen onto your bedding.

Allergy medications are a wonderful allergy remedy. You can use over the counter antihistamine pills, lotions, and ointments. If you have a chronic allergy you can consult your physician for a stronger prescription allergy remedy. Nasal sprays are also a great tool against allergies. They act as a direct allergy remedy to your nasal passageways.

There are a few environmental modifications you can make as an allergy remedy. Wash bedding in hot water to remove dust mites. Use mattress and pillow covers to fight against dust mites. Keep your home clean and carpets vacuumed.

If you have severe allergies that can’t be managed with basic allergy remedies then head to your physician or allergist. They can take you through a series of allergy testing and provide the best treatment options for your situation. This may involve removing the allergy culprit from your environment, food plate, or clothing drawer. They can provide prescription allergy medication to knock your allergy out cold.

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About Eczema: Conventional Versus Natural Treatment

By , March 19, 2011 11:06 am

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Eczema is an inflammation of the skin frequently seen in association with allergic conditions such as asthma and hay fever. The parts affected by eczema, develop lesions which will often appear as patches, blisters and/or scratches. The vicinities affected by eczema are very itchy and uncomfortable. The affected areas may become abnormally thick. Thickening of the skin can be brought through trauma to the patches from scratching and rubbing. The affected spots will be typical…

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Eczema is an inflammation of the skin frequently seen in association with allergic conditions such as asthma and hay fever. The parts affected by eczema, develop lesions which will often appear as patches, blisters and/or scratches. The vicinities affected by eczema are very itchy and uncomfortable. The affected areas may become abnormally thick. Thickening of the skin can be brought through trauma to the patches from scratching and rubbing. The affected spots will be typically dry in comparison to unaffected areas. The face, elbows, behind the knees, wrists are more likely to develop eczema than other body parts.

One of the major causes of eczema is the imbalance in a person’s immune function and is probably a form of response to the environmental substances such as dust, pollution, yeast, cosmetic products, chemicals such as: detergents, oils, greases, solvents at home or in the work place. In addition, stress can cause a depletion of certain body nutrients (vitamins and minerals), which ultimately leads to a sensitivity towards eczema.

Corticoid creams containing hydrocortisone are the most common conventional treatment for eczema. Hydrocortisone is similar to a natural hormone secreted by adrenal gland, which controls the inflammation process and actively participates in the ionic body balance. The hydrocortisone creams are effective for reducing inflammation, swelling, redness and itching thereby allowing the affected area to heal. In spite of temporarily reducing the effects of eczema, these creams can lead to skin thinning and damaging. At high doses or at low doses for extended time the hydrocortisone can accumulate through the body and induce metabolic changes in salt and water balance, potassium and calcium balance and increases the blood sugar level. The reasons for accumulation are multiple. One important cause is the competition between the naturally secreted hormone and the topical hydrocortisone for the same receptors, which can raise the uncoupled hormone level. Another important cause is the steroid structure of the hormone, which makes elimination through the kidney difficult. The corticosteroid creams have to be used with a low dose of hormone and for short period of time as sometimes indicated on the label. On the other hand, sudden discontinuation of the corticosteroid cream can lead to the worsening of the eczema.

Herbal therapy is a mild but long lasting alternative for eczema treatment. Many herbs are known for their beneficial qualities in the treatment of eczema such as: Burdock, Calendula, St. John Wort, Chamomile, Chickweed, Yarrow, Nettle, Licorice. They can be used as teas, tinctures or for topical treatment.

Since eczema is a complex skin disease one single herb is not enough to relieve the symptoms of the eczema or eradicate the disease. A complex mixture of beneficial herbs is more likely to succeed in the treatment.

The antioxidant therapy has been successfully used in the prevention and treatment of different skin diseases, which usually are characterized by a high percentage of free radicals at the site of the affected areas. A good example of natural antioxidants is Sea Buckthorn and Grape seed oils. They contain a wide range of antioxidants such as vitamin E, A, C, selenium, beta carotene, anthocyanidins, which can be beneficial in the case of eczema and other skin disorders.

In conclusion: Natural alternative may be longer than the conventional solution for eczema treatment but much safer for the skin and health in general.

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Bilberry Fights Night Blindness And Other Diseases

By , March 16, 2011 11:04 am

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Over centuries bilberry has been used for its medicinal purposes. Similar to blueberries and cranberries, bilberry also contains anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant qualities. This fruit is used for its astringent, tonic and antiseptic properties which can treat various health problems like diarrhea, dysentery, hemorrhoids and gastrointestinal inflammation. The most important use for bilberry has been the treatment of various eye disorders and improvement of capillary health.

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Over centuries bilberry has been used for its medicinal purposes. Similar to blueberries and cranberries, bilberry also contains anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant qualities. This fruit is used for its astringent, tonic and antiseptic properties which can treat various health problems like diarrhea, dysentery, hemorrhoids and gastrointestinal inflammation. The most important use for bilberry has been the treatment of various eye disorders and improvement of capillary health.

Bilberry has been very effective in improving night vision. Being a close relative of blueberry, it contains high levels of natural antioxidant compound. These antioxidants prevent free radicals from causing any damage to the eye. It also strengthens the small blood vessels that carry oxygen to the eyes.

Bilberry is high in flavonoids known as Anthocyanosides, that quickens the regeneration of Rhodospin, a purple pigment used as rods in the eye for night vision. It is also useful in treating macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and cataract. One study has shown that combination of bilberry extracts and vitamin E reduces the progression of cataract.

Studies have shown that supplementation with bilberry improves eye adaptation to darkness for people with poor vision. It does not work with people having good vision though. Bilberry extracts are known to improve the functional ability of eyes and other organs. It is also useful in treating bruising, general subcutaneous bleeding, and easing inflammation that occurs in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gum disease.

Bilberry leaves can be used to treat diabetes due to its hypoglycemic properties. It can be used as a topical treatment in the form of infusion or decoctions, like tea or liquid extracts for eyes and mouth inflammation, skin infections and burns. It is known to treat chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins, pain, itching, and skin ulcers in the legs. It may also prove be effective in treating Raynaud’s disease.

It can be useful in treating atherosclerosis as it strengthens artery walls and promotes good circulation. Eating bilberry mixed with honey is a popular home remedy for diarrhea. It is also very effective in curing and treating peptic ulcers, fibrocystic breast disease and painful menstruation. It is available in tincture as well as capsule form. And fresh bilberries are always there to be plucked.

To reduce cataract, macular degeneration and other eye problems take 80-160 mg of standardized extract or 1/2 teaspoon liquid extract two or three times a day. For diabetic retinopathy take 80- 160 mg (standardized to 23-37% anthocyanosides) at least three times a day

To treat varicose veins consume 80-160 mg standardized extract three times a day.

For sore throat and diarrhea make bilberry tea by pouring 1 cup hot water in 1 or 2 tablespoons of dried whole berries (or 2 to 3 teaspoons of finely crushed berries). Strain and drink at least 4 cups a day.

In some individuals consumption of bilberry internally may interfere with iron absorption. Lactating and pregnant women should avoid it, completely.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.

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Children and Acid Reflux

By , March 13, 2011 11:09 am

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A closer look at children with Acid Reflux disease.

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Acid reflux is a condition normally associated with adults. Sadly, many children also suffer the effects of acid reflux.
This desease, also referred to as gastro-esophageal reflux, occurs when stomach contents churn and rise up into the esophagus, the tube connecting the stomach with the mouth. A muscle between the esophagus and the stomach, known as the lower esophageal sphincter, is responsible for keeping the stomach closed off until food is swallowed. The lower esophageal sphincter then opens up and allows the food into the stomach before closing again. Although Acid reflux can begin during infancy, it can carry over into early childhood.

Though quite common in children, most people are not aware of it’s occurrence. In most cases, the process of gastro-esophageal reflux occurs quickly, the acid comes up into the esophagus and then rapidly goes back down into the stomach. In this case, the esophagus suffers no damage. However, if the stomach acid stays in the esophagus, it damages the esophagus lining. In some cases, the stomach contents rise up all the way into the mouth, only to be swallowed again. This process causes a number of symptoms such as a chronic cough, or a hoarse voice. More serious symptoms can include difficulty in swallowing, wheezing, and chronic pneumonia.

Anyone who suspects that their child is afflicted with acid reflux, should have the child seen by his or her pediatrician. After examining the child and evaluating the symptoms, the doctor may run tests to diagnose whether acid reflux is present. Often, the doctor will begin treatment before testing for acid reflux.
In one of the tests, called an upper GI-series X-ray, the child’s X-ray is taken after being given a glass of barium to drink. This particular test is successfully used to locate hiatal hernias, blockages, and other gastrointestinal problems.

Another test, thought to be more effective than the X-ray, is the endoscopy. Typically, the child is sedated and put to sleep during the test. An endoscope, which is a thin, flexible plastic tube with a camera attached to the end, is then placed inside the throat. With the help of endoscope, the doctor is directly able to examine the esophagus lining, stomach, and a portion of the small intestine. The endoscopy also allows the doctor to perform a biopsy rather painlessly.

Yet another test, the esophageal pH probe, may also be used. This test consists of using an extremely light, and ultra-thin wire with an acid sensor tip and inserting it through the patient’s nose and into the lower esophagus. This method is used to detect and record the presense of stomach acid in the esophagus.

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Chafing – A Skin Problem

By , March 10, 2011 11:06 am

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Chafing is mainly caused due to sweating and rubbing. It is also caused due to friction from body parts or friction from clothing. The problematic areas which deal with chafing are groin, underarms, nipples etc. This skin irritation causes lot of problems because of the rubbing and friction. Anyone can be affected by this disease. But people with weight problem are the ones who suffer the most. These rashes are very painful, sore and uncomfortable. If chafing continues troubl…

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Chafing is mainly caused due to sweating and rubbing. It is also caused due to friction from body parts or friction from clothing. The problematic areas which deal with chafing are groin, underarms, nipples etc. This skin irritation causes lot of problems because of the rubbing and friction. Anyone can be affected by this disease. But people with weight problem are the ones who suffer the most. These rashes are very painful, sore and uncomfortable. If chafing continues troubling you for more than two days, it is high time, for you to see a doctor.

Self-Care Measures

Avoid wearing rough-cut and coarse clothes. Wear 100% cotton fabric rather than a synthetic blend of different materials, as it may cause problems for your skin.

Excess weight around inner thighs and arms causes friction leading to chafing. For this you need to loose some weight around the problematic areas.

If you sweat too much while working out, maybe you should work out in the evenings to provide a much cooler impact on your body.

Always wash your clothes before wearing to keep yourself at bay from chafing. Dry sweat and chemicals may be another reason for irritation.

Drink plenty of water as this would avoid dehydration and would allow you to hydrate in a better manner.

Wear loose-fitting clothes as it keeps the skin cool and dry.

Spend good enough money on the clothes to avoid such problems

Women can quite wearing panty hose and men can switch to boxers to keep your groin area free from friction.

Home Remedies for Chafing

To stay dry you can use talcum powder or cornstarch.

Home made lubricant can be made by mixing one cup each of A & D ointment and Vaseline. In that add one fourth cup each of vitamin E cream and aloe vera cream to have better consistency and good smell. This ointment works great on your skin and helps in healing and prevention of blister.

You can also apply petroleum jelly to the chafing prone areas to avoid rubbing and friction.

Calendula oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal oil, well known for its healing properties. It is of great help to clear skin irritation due to chafing.

Zinc oxide is an inexpensive paste which treats chafing problem. To remove the zinc oxide you can apply olive oil or mineral oil to wipe it off.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.

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Are You Paying Too Much to Quit Smoking at Your Local Store?

By , March 7, 2011 11:04 am

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Giving up nicotine is not easy. Smokers have a physiological addiction to nicotine and their behavior has been conditioned to follow a routine that reinforces the habit. Most smokers know that smoking it bad for them, even potentially lethal, yet they continue to smoke.

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Giving up nicotine is not easy. Smokers have a physiological addiction to nicotine and their behavior has been conditioned to follow a routine that reinforces the habit. Most smokers know that smoking it bad for them, even potentially lethal, yet they continue to smoke.

Its a sad fact that in today’s markets the big pharmaceutical companies are able to regulate the prices of consumer products. What I am specifically talking about is the #1 most widely used quit smoking product, Nicorette Gum.

I am here to tell you that you can find the same Nicorette Gum online for a hugely discounted price. Nicotrol Gum currently sold in overseas countries is that solution.

Nicotrol Gum is a rebranded form of Nicorette Gum. This means that it is the same gum as Nicorette, manufactured by the same company, in the same country (all Nicorette products are produced in Sweden) but sold under a different brand name, at a different price.

A typical internet price for a pack of Nicorette Gum in the US is $40.50. Compare that to $24.50 for a similar sized pack of Nicotrol from an overseas supplier. That’s a roungh saving of 40%.

There are also other options option available such as generic brands.

Habitrol gum, formally known as Nicotinell gum is another brand of nicotine gum that has become very popular over the last couple of years. Habitrol gum has been said to taste better and is cheaper than Nicorette and last longer than Nicorette Gum.

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About Lasik Complications

By , March 4, 2011 11:04 am

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Some people who undergo LASIK surgery have experienced some kind of complication . However, if you have an experienced surgeon by your side, the rate of surgical complications is far reduced. Common sense aside, one should base their decisions on the actual facts reported by their treatment provider. Overall, the number of complications are generally reported to be less than 1%. Most of the reported problems are handled through laser re-treatments or enhancements.

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Some people who undergo LASIK surgery have experienced some kind of complication . However, if you have an experienced surgeon by your side, the rate of surgical complications is far reduced. Common sense aside, one should base their decisions on the actual facts reported by their treatment provider. Overall, the number of complications are generally reported to be less than 1%. Most of the reported problems are handled through laser re-treatments or enhancements.

In order to understand the kind of complications people have your should understand what a LASIK treatment is all about. During LASIK surgery a laser beam is used to cut a very thin, hinged flap into the front of the eye. The flap is then lifted and the laser is applied to re-shape the eye, and then the flap is replaced to heal.

Some of the more common types of LASIK complications are improperly formed LASIK flaps: Sometimes after the first surgery a patient might experience an improperly formed flap. This might create an irregular surface and cause various vision defects. In such cases, LASIK surgery needs to be repeated one or more times to make the eye surface smooth.

Inflammation: Sometimes there might be inflammation that can develop in areas where the flap comes in contact with the eye. Such a condition, is called diffuse lamellar keratitis (DLK). It may create symptoms such as sensitivity towards light and loss of Vision .

Epithelial In growth: If there is any kind of initial swelling in the eye it might create a common LASIK complication called Epithelial in growth, This condition can be best described as a type of scarring which leads to an irregular eye surface and other vision distortions. In such a condition the surgeon lifts the flap and scrapes out the epithelial growth from inside. This is certainly not a full proof method. It has been noticed that in many cases the epithelial in growth reoccurs.

Some other common types of LASIK complications include dry eye, infections and night vision problems such as glaring around the lights.

Many trained surgeons feel that by using better technology and more precise instruments the chances of having a major LASIK complication can be avoided. People who have had a history of eye complications or infections are not advised to go for these surgeries.

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