Craig Jon Moskowitz, MD

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Craig Jon Moskowitz, MD

Full name: Craig Jon Moskowitz, MD    

Age: 39

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Specialty: Ophthalmology

Place of Practice: Private Practice, New York, NY


Why did you want to become a doctor?

There were a lot of physicians in my family. I saw how much they were respected in the community and how much their patients appreciated what they did for them.  I wanted a career that would give me the kind of satisfaction that they experienced. 


What sets you apart from other doctors in your field?

I think for my level of experience, I know as much as any other ophthalmologist, but I think I haven an inherent ability to put patients at ease and allow them to trust me. 

What are your 5 tips for living longer?

  1. Drink red wine every day – resveratrol can ward off glaucoma.
  2. Carrots’ benefits for your eyes are not a myth – beta carotene is good for the eyes
  3. Salmon is very good for the tears and dry eyes.
  4. Green leafy vegetables are good for the retina.
  5. Get routine eye exams. You can make a lot of diagnoses throughout the body by examining the whole eye.

Your Parent Has Dementia: What to Talk to Their Doctor About

Make sure all their doctors are aware of all the medications she is taking.

Q: My mom is 94 and has dementia. She is taking a whole medicine cabinet-full of medications and I think they actually make her fuzzier. How should I talk to her various doctors about what she is taking and if she can get off some of the meds? — Gary R., Denver, Colorado

A: Many dementia patients are taking what docs call a "polypharmacy" — three or more medications that affect their central nervous system. And we really don't know how that mixture truly affects each individual person.

A new study in JAMA Network that looked at more than 1 million Medicare patients found almost 14% of them were taking a potentially harmful mix of antidepressants, antipsychotics, antiepileptics, benzodiazepines such as Valium and Ativan, nonbenzodiazepine benzodiazepine receptor agonist hypnotics such as Ambien or Sonata, and opioids. And almost a third of those folks were taking five or more such medications. The most common medication combination included an antidepressant, an antiepileptic, and an antipsychotic. Gabapentin was the most common medication — often for off-label uses, such as to ease chronic pain or treat psychiatric disorders, according to the researchers from the University of Michigan.

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