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Cold & Flu – Ask A Pharmacist with Anne Smyth

Life Pharmacy’s Anne Smyth answers some of the most commonly asked questions about cold & flu – featured in the Irish Independent’s ‘Mother & babies’ supplement 5 December 2018. Why are a cold and flu so prevalent in winter? It’s a time of year when our immune systems need to be at its best. My advice is to be... Read more >

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World Diabetes Day – Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

November 14th is World Diabetes Day, which aims to draw attention to the condition that is becoming increasingly prevalent in both young and old generations. To support this cause, selected Life Pharmacies are offering FREE Diabetes Care & Blood Glucose Screening to Life Loyalty customers when they swipe their loyalty cards from November 14th to 21st. What is Diabetes?... Read more >

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Men’s Health – Ask a Pharmacist with Vincent Dempsey

Life Pharmacy’s Vincent Dempsey tackles some commonly asked questions about men’s health – featured in the Irish Independent’s ‘Mother & babies’ supplement 7 November 2018. Movember is upon us once again, which signals the time to put down your razor. But what most people see as a great excuse not to shave is actually a really important movement... Read more >

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Articles in Diabetic retinopathy

Introduction

(17/11/2014)

Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes. It occurs when high blood sugar levels damage the cells at the back of the eye (known as the retina). If it isn't treated, it can cause blindness.

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Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy

(17/11/2014)

Diabetic retinopathy does not usually cause any noticeable symptoms until it has reached an advanced stage. If retinopathy is not identified and treated, it can lead to sudden blindness.

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Causes of diabetic retinopathy

(17/11/2014)

Diabetic retinopathy is caused by high blood sugar levels damaging the network of tiny blood vessels that supply blood to the retina.

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Diagnosing diabetic retinopathy

(17/11/2014)

It’s important to identify diabetic retinopathy as soon as possible. Screening is an effective way of detecting retinopathy at an early stage.

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Treating diabetic retinopathy

(17/11/2014)

Early-stage retinopathy may not need treatment, but more advanced retinopathy may require laser treatment or injections of medicine into the eye.

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Preventing diabetic retinopathy

(17/11/2014)

To prevent diabetic retinopathy, it's very important that you keep your blood sugar levels under careful control.

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'To improve your eyesight, you have to make lifestyle changes'

(24/06/2014)

Watch a video in which Tim talks about how he was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, and the treatment options available.

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