Even though the summer is winding down and we’re heading into fall, we at Westchester Health still want to emphasize what a serious disease this is. For up-to-date information about how to avoid Lyme disease and what to do if you think you’ve been bitten by a tick, we refer you to an excellent blog written by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician in our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.
A detached retina is a serious condition that could possibly cause vision loss in that eye, and occurs when the retina becomes separated from its underlying supportive tissue. If the retina gets torn, the fluid inside the eye can leak underneath and separate the retina from its underlying tissue. Because the retina cannot function when these layers are detached, it needs to be reattached as soon as possible or permanent vision loss can result. I tell all of my patients that if they experience any of the symptoms of a detached retina, they should not wait but come see me, or another eye doctor, immediately.
Do you have trouble distinguishing between red and green? Do you confuse the colors blue and purple? Do many of the crayons in a box look the same? If you answered yes to any (or all) of these, you may be color blind.
If you have seasonal allergies, you know awful they can make your life, especially in summertime when you really want to be outdoors. They can make you feel tired, keep you from sleeping at night and negatively effect the way you function at work. Here at Westchester Health, a good number of our patients suffer from seasonal allergies, especially pollen. What we’ve found over the years is that if people can make certain adjustments to their lifestyles, they can minimize their exposure to a lot of the things that are making them sneeze, cough and feel miserable. We share those here:
Screening—which basically means testing for a disease in people without symptoms—can help find some types of cancer early, such as prostate cancer, when it’s more easily treated. But for some men, the risks of prostate cancer screening may outweigh the benefits. This is something we emphasize to our male patients at Westchester Health, make sure they understand both the risks and benefits before deciding to undergo screening. To clarify the subject, here is some helpful information.