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Patient-centered health education focused on the eyes. Each week we interview ophthalmologists and optometrists about various eye conditions and discuss the latest in treatments.

Patient-centered health education focused on the eyes. Each week we interview ophthalmologists and optometrists about various eye conditions and discuss the latest in treatments.


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Patient-centered health education focused on the eyes. Each week we interview ophthalmologists and optometrists about various eye conditions and discuss the latest in treatments.




Ep. 025: Everything You Wanted to Know About Eyeglasses with Kara Jones, LDO

Billions of people around the world can see more clearly because of eyeglasses. To help us learn about glasses and the latest in lens technology, Dr. Suh interviews Kara Jones, a licensed optician with Comprehensive EyeCare. We discuss the importance of the measurements performed on your eyes. The various types of lenses can be confusing – single vision, bifocals, trifocals, progressive, no-line bifocals, etc. Lens materials are improving and are enabling people who have higher...


Ep. 024: Medications That Can Be Harmful to the Retina with Christiane Hunt, DO

Side effects from medications are common. What may not be common knowledge is that there are systemic medications that can affect the eyes. For example, anti-hypertensive medications and some psychiatric medications are known to exacerbate dry eyes. Some oral medications can also adversely affect the retina, the delicate tissue inside the eye that receives the visual information. One of the most commonly used medications that can affect the retina is hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil), a...


Ep. 023: All About Angle-Closure (Narrow-Angle) Glaucoma with Wendy Kirkland, MD

Angle-closure, or narrow-angle, glaucoma is the other major type of glaucoma that can afflict patients. Fluid inside of the eye drains in the trabecular meshwork, the space between the cornea and the iris. When this space, or angle, narrows down, the trabecular meshwork can get blocked, which can cause the eye pressure to rise and increase the risk of glaucoma. In this episode, Dr. Wendy Kirkland explains all aspects of angle-closure glaucoma. There are several categories for this type of...


Ep. 022: Understanding Ophthalmic Migraines with Vin Hoye, MD

Ophthalmic, or visual, migraines are a common reason for urgent visits to the eye doctor. In this episode, Dr. Suh interviews Dr. Vin Hoye, a neuro-ophthalmologist, about this condition. He will discuss the various images that people can see when they are experiencing the migraine aura, which may or may not be followed by the classic headache. There are certain foods and risk factors that may trigger migraines. We will discuss the other diagnoses that may mimic ophthalmic migraines and...


Ep. 021: Laser and Surgical Treatments of Glaucoma with Megan Chambers, MD

The treatment of glaucoma, one of the leading causes of blindness in the world, involves lowering the eye pressure. In previous episodes, we discussed glaucoma medications and minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries, or MIGS. Dr. Megan Chambers, a glaucoma specialist from Ophthalmic Surgeons & Consultants of Ohio, will be discussing the use of lasers and more traditional surgeries to help lower eye pressure in the quest to halt the progression of glaucoma. Selective laser trabeculoplasty...


Ep. 020: Medical Ministry International - Providing Eye Care in Developing Countries with Jim Caudill, MD and Steven Suh, MD

In this special 20th episode, Dr. Suh talks with Dr. Jim Caudill, an ophthalmologist from Charleston, West Virginia, about their work with Medical Ministry International (MMI), a Christian medical mission group whose volunteers participate in one- and two-week projects to developing nations. Several of the leading causes of visual impairment in the world are preventable or treatable. People with uncorrected refractive errors, which means they are nearsighted, farsighted, and/or have...


Ep. 019: Dealing With Diabetic Retinopathy with Lisa Borkowski, MD

Diabetes mellitus can affect the eyes in multiple ways. Even early in the diagnosis, high blood sugar levels can cause changes in the natural lens of the eye that can alter one’s refractive error (glasses prescription). Diabetes can also lead to earlier cataract formation. On this episode of the Healthy Eyes 101 podcast, Dr. Lisa Borkowski, a specialist with Midwest Retina, talks about diabetic retinopathy, one of the leading causes of vision loss in the United States and...


Ep. 018: Is Laser Vision Correction Right For You? - with Curtin Kelley, MD

Refractive eye surgery involves changing the refractive state of the eye to decrease one’s dependency on glasses or contact lenses. The first corneal refractive surgical procedure developed was radial keratotomy (RK). Corneal instability and progressive shifting of the refraction (glasses prescription) made this surgery obsolete. LASIK (Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis) and PRK (PhotoRefractive Keratectomy) use the excimer laser to reshape the cornea to help focus the light rays onto...


Ep. 017: Watery Eyes and Blocked Tear Ducts with Kenneth Cahill, MD

Oculoplastic specialist, Dr. Kenneth Cahill, joins Dr. Suh to discuss a bothersome condition – epiphora, the medical term for watering eyes. Why does excessive tearing occur and what we can do about it? Blocked tear ducts are a major cause of chronic watering. Causes of excessive watering Tear glands on the upper part of the eyeball produce the tears. The tears will drain into the punctum, the tiny hole at the margin of each lid close to the nose. This opening leads to the canaliculus, the...


Ep. 016: Q&A Session on Cataract Surgery with George Chioran, MD and Steven Suh, MD

On this episode Dr. George Chioran and Dr. Steven Suh answer the most common patient questions that are asked about cataracts and cataract surgery. ? Here is a great link on cataracts and cataract surgery. To find out more about Dr. Chioran and Dr. Suh’s practice, go to Comprehensive EyeCare of Central Ohio’s website or Facebook page. This is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and nothing in this podcast/blog is to be considered as recommending or rendering medical...


Ep. 015: The New Category of Glaucoma Surgeries (MIGS) with Ashley San Filippo, MD

Dr. Ashley San Filippo returns to the Healthy Eyes 101 podcast to discuss MIGS (Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery), a relatively new category of glaucoma procedures that have advantages over traditional glaucoma surgeries. Lowering eye pressure is the major goal of glaucoma treatment since this disease is not curable. Medicated eye drops, laser surgery, and traditional surgery are various ways to treat glaucoma. If patients are on maximum medical therapy with continued progression of...


Ep. 014: Learning About Macular Puckers and Macular Holes with Chirag Patel, MD

In this episode Dr. Suh interviews Dr. Chirag Patel, a retina specialist, about two conditions that can affect central vision - macula puckers and macular holes. Patients with a macular pucker (also called epiretinal membrane, epimacular membrane, cellophane maculopathy, and surface wrinkling retinopathy) will have symptoms of distortion or blurred vision that does not go away. A pseudohole is a variant of a macular pucker that looks like a macular hole. The majority of puckers occur...


Ep. 013: A Comprehensive Review of Glaucoma Medications with Karl Pappa, MD

Dr. Karl Pappa, a glaucoma specialist, joins Dr. Suh on this episode to discuss all aspects of glaucoma medications. Glaucoma, a disease of the optic nerve, is thought to be worsened by increased eye pressure. The goal of treatment, whether it be with eye drops, laser or surgery, is to lower the intraocular pressure (IOP). Categories of Glaucoma Medications Combination eye drops help with compliance and may be more economical. Examples include Cosopt (timolol/dorzolamide), Combigan...


Ep. 012: A Deep Dive Into Macular Degeneration with Dominic Buzzacco, MD

Retina specialist, Dr. Dominic Buzzacco, joins Dr. Suh to talk about age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the most common causes of central vision loss in people over 50. People with early AMD will notice distortion, blurred vision, a blind spot, or, sometimes, nothing. Risk factors include: Dry (non-exudative) AMD is by far the most common type and may be associated with retinal pigmentary abnormalities and soft drusen, yellow deposits found under the retina. About 10% of dry...


Ep. 011: Everything You Wanted to Know About Retinal Detachments with Sugat Patel, MD

Dr. Sugat Patel, a retina specialist, joins Dr. Suh to discuss retinal detachments (RD), a potentially sight-threatening condition. Around 5 in 100,000 people per year will develop a retinal detachment. A posterior vitreous detachment, separation of the liquefied vitreous gel from the retina, will occur eventually in most people. It is a major cause of flashes of light or floaters in the vision. Sometimes this may also lead to a retinal tear. If the normal inner eye fluid (aqueous) gets...


Ep. 010: The One-Eyed Surgeon With Only One Thumb and Other Stories - with John C. Barber, MD

In this tenth episode, Dr. Suh takes a departure from his usual format to interview his ophthalmology residency director and chairman, Dr. John Barber, about the three books he has written since retirement. His first book, The Joy of Medical Practice: Forty Years of Interesting Patients, is about the many interesting patients he has encountered from his medical school years to his last years in practice. In his second book, Hey, Doc! What’s Wrong with My Eye?: A General Guide to Eye...


Ep. 009: Flashes and Floaters in Your Vision with George Chioran, MD

Dr. George Chioran returns to the Healthy Eyes 101 podcast to talk about a common reason for urgent visits to the eye doctor’s office – flashes and floaters. He will be describing the different reasons why people may see flashing lights. We will then talk about the causes and risk factors for floaters and why it is important for you to be seen quickly for a dilated eye examination. We will end by discussing various treatments for when floaters cause issues with the retina. Here is an...


Ep. 008: Is It Safe to Get Your Eyes Examined During the COVID-19 Pandemic? - with Laura Kunze, MBA, COE

On this special episode, Dr. Steven Suh and practice administrator, Laura Kunze, discuss the new procedures and protocols to ensure patient safety during their eye exam to minimize the risk of potentially spreading the coronavirus during this historic pandemic. Please understand that this episode came out in early June of 2020 so these rules may have changed by the time you have listened to this. Before the day of the appointment, we are pre-screening patients by asking them if they have...


Ep. 007: Indications for Scleral Contact Lenses with Katie Wulff, OD

In this episode Dr. Steven Suh interviews Dr. Katie Wulff, an optometrist, about a specialty gas-permeable contact lens called scleral lenses. Some people have abnormal corneal curvatures and irregularities which make it difficult for them to see even with glasses or soft contact lenses. Stephen Curry, an NBA star with the Golden State Warriors, wears scleral lenses because of his corneal condition called keratoconus. Rigid gas-permeable contacts (RGP) and scleral contact lenses have a...


Ep. 006: Keratoconus and Corneal Cross-Linking with Kenneth Beckman, MD

Dr. Steven Suh interviews Dr. Kenneth Beckman about a debilitating, corneal thinning condition called keratoconus. The incidence is approximately 1 in 2,000 individuals. The major risk factors include atopic disease, Down’s Syndrome, some family history, floppy eyelid syndrome, and chronic eye rubbing. Symptoms Keratoconus can be diagnosed in the late teenage years and can worsen as time goes on. Corneal topography is the main tool for diagnosis. Treatment Corneal...