Give Heartburn The Heave-Ho: Tips For Easing Discomfort

I developed intense heartburn during my second pregnancy. I tried every pregnancy-safe home remedy I could find and nothing seemed to work. I was hopeful that once my daughter was born, it would improve. When it didn't, I spent a lot of time working with an internal medicine specialist and researching remedies online. I've found many different things that help in different ways. I decided to create this site to document the solutions that I've found and help others to find a way to manage their chronic heartburn as well. If you're struggling with persistent heartburn, I hope this information helps you find relief.

Is Your Vision Getting Cloudy? You May Be Developing A Cataract

Health & Medical Blog

Each of your eyes is covered with a clear lens. This lens can become cloudy in one or both eyes, affecting vision. When this happens, it is called a cataract. Here is what you need to know about this eye condition.


A cataract develops slowly. Before you even see any noticeable clouding on your eye lens, you may find yourself not able to see as well at night as you once did. You may find yourself struggling to see in dim light, requiring a brighter light to read or write than you once did. You may also have sensitivity to the glare from oncoming traffic, seeing a halo or even being temporarily blinded by the light.

Eventually, colors will seem less vibrant and you may begin to see a spot on your eyes lens. This will eventually spread, clouding over the entire lens, making normal activities such as driving and reading difficult.

What Causes A Cataract?

Simply aging is a common cause of developing cataracts. The eye lenses naturally become thicker, less flexible, and less transparent as one ages. The lens tissues gradually break down, causing the cells to clump together. This then creates a small cloudy spot. Left untreated, the spot will eventually grow, covering the entire lens, and the thickening will cause clouding, which will block light, impairing vision.  

In addition to aging, other conditions may encourage the development of cataracts. Diabetes is one such medical condition, as is hypertension, or high blood pressure. Myopia, or nearsightedness, which is the inability to see things far away, is also a precursor to cataracts in many people. Long-term use of certain medications, such as steroids, may also predispose one to cataracts. Additionally, it is not uncommon to develop cataracts if your parents or grandparents were prone to the condition. Lifestyle factors can all lead to a cataract. Smoking, obesity, and excess alcohol consumption all play a role. An eye injury or infection is yet another potential cause. A cataract may form in one or both eyes.

How Is A Cataract Treated?

The only treatment for cataracts is surgery. Corrective eyewear, like glasses or contact lenses, will not fix the problem. Some people delay the surgery until their vision is affected so badly they can barely see anymore, but this is unnecessary. Cataract surgery is done on an outpatient basis. The doctor removes the damaged lens and replaces it with an artificial lens.


28 October 2017