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Show 1050: How to Protect Your Vision (Archive)

What do you need to know to keep your eyes healthy and protect your vision? A leading eye doctor shares his knowledge with you.
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Being able to see is something most of us treasure, especially if we imagine being deprived of good vision. But do we know how to take care of our eyes to keep them healthy and working well?

Our guest, Dr. Peter McDonnell, is an ophthalmologist. He describes the most common problems that can rob us of our eyesight and what we can do to prevent them.

What You Should Know to Protect Your Vision:

Are there eye diseases that run in your family? Has a parent or a grandparent experienced glaucoma or macular degeneration? Learn how you could reduce your likelihood of developing these problems.

Is there anything to the idea of vitamins for the eyes? We also discuss diabetic retinopathy and cataracts. How do you make a decision on the proper timing for cataract surgery? You can listen to our bonus interview with Dr. McDonnell about how to relieve dry eyes.

This Week’s Guest:

Peter J. McDonnell, MD, is the director of the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute. He is professor of ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Listen to the Podcast:

The podcast of this program will be available the Monday after the broadcast date. The show can be streamed online from this site and podcasts can be downloaded for free. CDs may be purchased at any time after broadcast for $9.99.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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I agree that Podcasts take too much time to wait through and I prefer the written transcript. A transcript makes it easier to re-read a section or to jump from section to section in order to pull together certain information.

Also, some speakers take “forever” to make their point. Having a transcript makes it easier to skim to the kernel of information in a long spiel.

And having a long commercial at the beginning of a Podcast is a killer – I often bail out when this occurs.

Using lubricating drops for dry eye (which many seniors get) is a definate way tp preserve yhe eyesight

I agree with most of your 2016 readers … we don’t like or want podcasts. We like reading. It’s easier to refer back to and absorb if I don’t understand on the first run through.

I agree….I don’t have time (or patience) to listen to podcasts but some of the subjects interest me. A summary would be great!

I wanted to read the article on eyesight on my computer. Don’t know name of radio show or station and don’t know how to access podcast. Hope you can start printing these vital articles online. Thanks. Elizabeth Leider.

This was one of your shows during which you seem to spend a fair amount of time giving background, without focusing on real issues relating to eye disease and care. For example, how the brain receives images and turns them upside down is really not relevant to anything. On a topic like eye health, I wish you’d spend more time with disease, remedy and care.

Reading is a good idea, also it can be printed for later on if you have forgotten something said.

On the substance of show 1050: From personal experience I wish to underline the doctor’s comment that no surgery is risk free — and complications in cataract surgery can be serious and require almost immediate treatment to prevent loss of sight. I would urge persons electing cataract surgery no matter how routine it seems to know beforehand the complications rate for the clinic or doctor if that can be found, and to know for sure where to go and who to see if there is a serious complication – especially one requiring the services of a retinal specialist.

I would greatly appreciate this info on eyes to be in written form. I do not want to listen to a podcast or archive of a radio show. I’d rather read it.

Please post written transcripts.
I am not certain what a “podcast” is, but given the context within which I see it written about I believe it means “audio content”.
I prefer reading instead of listening.
I rarely waste time trying to download audio content.
My health has benefited from reading Peoples’ Pharmacy over the years, first in the newspaper, now on the internet.
Thank you for helping people for many years!

I, too, would greatly appreciate a writen summary of any podcasts. Thanks!

I listen to your podcasts when I’m walking. Many times I have extended my walk just so I can finish the podcast! It’s a great motivator. There are times when I just don’t really want to walk but listening keeps me going! I try to walk several miles every day and really appreciate all your programs. I have learned a lot!

Like all the other comments about a written option I don’t have the time or desire to listen to a slow paced podcast of information that I could glean by reading the text in a fraction of the time. This would also eliminate having to take notes.

Aside from the degenerative issues involving the eyes how about covering some of the physical aspects (i.e., far and near sighted problems) which are muscular in nature as well as vitamins that can help the retina. Do eye exercises work? Do vitamins work? I feel they do to a point but would like the doctor’s perspective on this.

Where is the article we’re supposed to read? I don’t want a pod cast I want something I can print out and keep.

Please provide either a summary or transcript of the program.
It is much easier for me to read than try to make the podcast work. I really appreciate your informative program and happily refer others . Thank you.

I so strongly agree with the many comments above that I don’t have time to take an hour out of my Sat. morning to listen and, if I did, I would not know what they are saying because my hearing is poor. Also, there are so many speeds of talking and enunciations that it is more difficult, even for people who have no hearing problems, to understand each other.

I have another problem with your site since I switched my email address from AOL to gmail. I have to get back all the way out and after each article. I have no learned how to go from one article to another, but that my just be my poor computer skills. However your site is the only one with which I have that type of problems. I will struggle and get what you write however I can because your information has helped me live to be between 85 and 90 years old.

Please make the written transcript available. I don’t have time to sit down for an hour and listen to a podcast. I can read all of it in probably ten minutes of less.
Thank you, Barbara

A transcript would make this information accessible to the deaf, too.

I totally agree about asking for a written transcript. I just don’t have time to listen to audios. Sorry

When I Play Show 1050, How to Protect Your Vision, using itunes, it stops after 20 minutes, every time. I don’t see any way to resume playback, only to restart at the beginning, only to stop again after 20 minutes. Could you fix it so it will play through the entire show?

I agree with all that want to Read information instead of listening to it! Takes much less time.

I often miss the original broadcast, & have no idea how to listen to a ‘podcast’ – just checked the website & iTunes, & it appears to require downloading something else to my computer … – would appreciate the information as others have said, without extra costs & without trying to ‘read the article’ & getting almost nothing online.

I agree with most everyone here and also say that I could probably read through an article quicker than listening to the broadcast or podcast, plus many of those online product-selling infomercials force one to watch a video presentation (often at a slowest-reader pace), which can appear to be rather manipulative, and we don’t want the People’s Pharmacy to seem to be anything like that!

So yes, please make all of the radio shows available in written form as well, thank you!

P.S. If not the entire conversation, at least a summary of it the way Dr. Joseph Mercola does with the articles on his website.

I love your radio show, but regarding your email newsletters, I agree with the other writer– If you say “read article” then please have the text of the article available. Otherwise, please say “listen to podcast” (if it’s available for free) or “purchase podcast” (if it’s not available for free). It’s very annoying to be misled! Thank you.

Where is the article we are supposed to read. Some of us like to read and not listen to pod casts.

When you write ‘read’ and then it is only a podcast, that is misleading. I don’t have time to listen to a podcast, but I can read articles quickly.

Please put info in print.

Agree that podcasts aren’t the alpha omega of your viewing/listening. Public workplace isn’t for listening – – many like myself don’t have the patience for them – but will take the time to read even a moderately long article – love your site – have followed your work for many years.

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How do we know when a broadcast date is? Your program is not available in my area so I have no way of knowing. Thank you!

I agree with Maureen concerning a printed summery of the Pod-Casts. GREAT IDEA

From personal experience never get plugs for your tear ducts to correct dry eyes like when tears start coming down your eyes. Tried DCR surgery twice & it did not work plus have many complications.

What does Dr. McDonald know about the use of N-acetylcarnosine to prevent the progression of and possible reversal of cataracts?

When you say “read article,” (reference “protecting your vision”….I would not be expected to be directed to a podcast that had not yet aired…I would expect to be directed to an article on your website.

I LOVE The Peoples’ Pharmacy programs! I have been a listener for years, buy your books as they are released and preach the info you provide to anyone who will listen to me.
I like to read info on your website, but cannot listen to these podcasts while I am at work, so I wonder whether you ever make the programs available in readable format?
I can read much faster than I can hear the highlights of these experts’ advice!

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