The People's Perspective on Medicine
Dr. Peter McDonnell, expert in eyesight and eye health
Podcasts

Show 1154: How to Take Good Care of Your Eyesight (Archive)

Find out how you can take good care of your eyesight. What are the best ways to manage dry eyes and protect yourself from macular degeneration?

A variety of statin drugs
Cataracts

A Completely New and Unexpected Statin Side Effect

A surprising statin side effect has just been reported. How is it possible that after more than three decades we are still discovering statin side effects?

a surprised doctor looking at a chart
Cataracts

Are Statin Side Effects Fake Medical News?

Some doctors get angry when there are reports about statins and adverse drug reactions. Are statin side effects fake or all in peoples' heads? What say you?

Pile of pills and multivitamins
Acid Reflux

Should You Be Taking Vitamin Supplements?

Many medications can interfere with good nutrition. If you are taking pills for certain conditions, perhaps you should be taking vitamin supplements.

Eye shield covering after cataract surgery
Cataracts

Cataract Surgery to See Better Might Help You Live Longer

In the Women's Health Initiative, older women who had cataract surgery were less likely to die during the study than those whose cataracts were untreated.

and ophthalmologist examines an older patient's eyes for macular degeneration and glaucoma
Cataracts

Can Crestor AKA Rosuvastatin Cause Cataracts?

Cataract surgery has become VERY common. Most people attribute this to aging. Could statins contribute to this condition? Is there a plausible explanation?

Man uses a nasal spray for treatment
Allergies

Allergy Sprays and Cataracts?

Allergy sprays seem so simple. How could a medicine you spray in your nose be absorbed into the body and cause cataracts? An eye doctor shares his story.

close up of a wide open eye
and ophthalmologist examines an older patient's eyes for macular degeneration and glaucoma
Cataracts

Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Raise Risk of Cataract Surgery

Statins like atorvastatin and simvastatin are among the most prescribed meds in the world. Do such cholesterol-lowering drugs increase the risk for cataract surgery?

Cataracts

Cataract Surgery and Statins

Cataracts

Vision Problems More Prevalent

Cataracts

Reducing Risk for Cataracts