eye health

This week: shingles, meningitis, eye research

Dec 8, 2016

People who had chicken pox or the chicken pox vaccine as children can undergo a reactivation of that disease’s virus in adulthood and wind up with shingles.

Researching ways to prevent and treat shingles, which brings a rash and possibly debilitating nerve pain, is the work of Jennifer Moffat, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Upstate University Hosptial. She describes how shingles, most common in adults over 50, can affect people with weakened immune systems.

Understanding the common triggers can help migraine sufferers avoid painful and often debilitating headaches.

Dr. Luis Mejico, professor and chair of neurology at Upstate University Hospital, explains how migraines are diagnosed and goes over the typical symptoms and triggers. He also tells about three types of treatment. Behavioral modifications can be helpful. Some medications are used a preventives, to lessen the frequency or severity of migraines, while other medications, as well as vitamins and minerals, are prescribed for use during a migraine headache.

Does age have to bring difficulty seeing at night?

Oct 25, 2015
Nieri Da Silva / Flickr

Many people notice as they get older, they have a little more trouble seeing at night. But what causes this issue and can anything be done about it?

This week on “Take Care,” we interview Dr. Mark Blecher, an ophthalmologist, eye surgeon, and co-director of the Cataract Service and Primary Eye Care Service at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.

Vienze Ziction / Flickr

Not only do sunglasses reduce glare while we’re driving and help us to see more comfortably when we’re outside, but they also help to reduce the risk of eye damage.

This week on “Take Care,” professor of ophthalmology at the University of California Davis Medical School and spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Dr. Ivan Schwab, explains why sunglasses can prevent damage to the eyes and what damage the sun can cause.

Cataract surgery's ease and success surprises many

Mar 29, 2015
National Eye Institute

If you've ever driven an old car with cloudy headlights, you know that the amount of light that passes through the lens is reduced. This is the basic principle behind cataracts in the human eye, and most are related to aging.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. David Chang explains how a cataract forms and what cataract surgery is like, along the benefits of the procedure. Chang, one of the world’s top cataract surgeons, is a clinical professor of optometry at the University of California San Francisco and author of “Cataracts: A Patient’s Guide to Treatment.”

Keeping an eye on aging and your sight

Jan 19, 2014
Wil Taylor / Flickr

With age comes a variety of health issues. But what can you do if age brings conditions that impact your sight? This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Sheila West, professor and researcher at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins describes age-related eye disorders, and ways to slow and treat them.

Click "Read More" to hear our interview about age related eye disorders.