John Wenzlau and Millie Oakeson

What do mobile eye care and antibiotic misuse have to do with aging well? Radio hosts John Wenzlau and Millie Oakeson of “Successful Aging” on Independent Talk 1100 KFNX strive to answer those questions and more each week by talking with experts on how to live life to the fullest and age well. Recently, they talked to Dr. Peter Patterson about the overuse of antibiotics and Dr. Jeffery Wine of “Eyes On Site” mobile eye care.

Patterson is an experienced physician executive with an extensive background in clinical microbiology, infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship. 

Wenzlau asked, “How does someone become resistant to antibiotics?” 

Patterson explained that antibiotic resistant infections are caused from overusing antibiotics. 

“One of our biggest health emergencies is that more people will die from infection than AIDS, Ebola and (tuberculosis) combined,” Patterson said.

The phenomenon is the result of the over prescribing of antibiotics for infections that don’t exist or don’t require antibiotics to cure. The good news is people can turn it around by not using antibiotics unless they really do have an infection that cannot heal without them, Patterson said. He stressed the need for shorter durations of use, staying hydrated and getting plenty of rest. If someone thinks she may have a bladder infection, she should drink lots of cranberry juice and water, he said.

The overuse of antibiotics happened right after World War II when the use of antibiotics cured infections. The problem arose when antibiotics were prescribed every time someone didn’t feel well, Patterson said.

The discussion then moved on to eye care.

“Our mobile team focuses on serving the eye care needs of individuals throughout Arizona that are unable to get to an eye doctor for regular visits,” Wine said. 

Wine has been fascinated with preserving and enhancing human sight since he was a child, he said. His passion led him to Ohio State University College of Optometry where he received his degree.

“What are the mobile eye services that you can provide?” Oakeson asked.

Wine explained, “Because good vision is integral to a high quality of life, we made our mission to preserve human sight in the elderly and disabled by removing the barriers of transportation, which often makes it difficult or impossible for some people to receive a traditional eye exam.” 

Eyes On Site can assess to detect and treat eye disease such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetes and hypertension as well as many other ocular manifestations. 

“When vision is maximized through regular eye care, seniors and the disabled are safer, more independent and experience lower rates of depression,” Wine said.

Eyes On Site also provides complete eyeglass packages available in a variety of price options. Once the glasses are ready, Eyes On Site mails them to the customer.

For more information on these topics or to listen to the full broadcasts of the weekly shows, check out www.successfulaging.info

Tune in at 11 a.m. Tuesdays on Independent Talk 1100 KFNX as John and Millie continue to explore “Successful Aging.”