MAILBAG: Protect Your Peepers Inside AND Out

Best ways to protect my vision?

– Greg, from Clearwater, FL

Hi Greg,

There are two paths to protecting vision. One starts from the outside and the other from the inside. But for the best eye protection, we should pursue BOTH.

The most obvious place to start is on the OUTSIDE with sunglasses. Lots of folks wear them. But many make mistakes when picking a pair.

Cheap sunglasses are a double whammy for vision health. They increase damage to the eye by opening the iris (the part of the eye that lets light in) and allowing more damaging light into the back of the eye (macula).

This isn’t a place to pinch your pennies. Save the bargain shopping for something else like airplane tickets. Good, quality sunglasses prevent us from overexposing our eyes to ultraviolet rays. Look for ones that block out 99 to 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B radiation.

To protect your vision from the INSIDE, you’ll want to start with something that surprises many folks. And that’s making sure you balance your blood sugar.

You see, unhealthy blood sugar levels increase the production of advanced glycation end-products or AGEs (a fancy word for misshapen proteins caused by sugar). These toxic AGEs are linked to various vision-harming diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma.

Don’t stop with getting your glucose under control. A diet rich in vitamins D, C, and E and the mineral zinc are also great for eyesight.

But there are several other vision-supporting supplements to consider as well.

  • Vitamin A is crucial for vision health. It’s an essential component of rhodopsin, a protein that absorbs light in the retina. Plus, the vitamin is vital for maintaining the health of the cornea and conjunctival membranes.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish oil, contain eyesight-friendly DHA. Fifty percent of the photoreceptors in the retina are made up of DHA. I typically suggest supplementing with one to three grams of fish oil daily.
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids found in colorful fruits and vegetables, as well as in supplements. They help the macula determine color vision. I typically recommend 10 mg of lutein and 2 mg of zeaxanthin.
  • Berries contain many powerful antioxidant compounds and are high in essential vitamins and flavonoids that your eyes need. Studies show blueberries, bilberries, and Maqui berries support night vision. Eat fresh berries when you can get them and consider berry supplements when you can’t.

Get started TODAY on protecting your peepers, and you will be rewarded with eagle-eyed vision for many more years to come.

P.S. Most doctors offer zero advice about how to put the brakes on age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). But if you’ve been told you have this disease, it takes just one small step to significantly slow its progression. CLICK HERE to discover what your doc failed to tell you.


“Age-Related Eye Disease Study Research Group. The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS): design implications. AREDS report no. 1. Control Clin Trials.” 1999 Dec;20(6):573-600. doi: 10.1016/s0197-2456(99)00031-8. PMID: 10588299; PMCID: PMC1473211.

Dr. Scott Olson, ND

Written By Dr. Scott Olson, ND

Nearly 25 years ago, failed mainstream medical treatments left Dr. Olson in constant pain – and his health in ruins. And that’s when he did something REVOLUTIONARY. He began his career in medicine – and dedicated his life to uncovering the true, underlying causes of disease.
Through his innovative medical practices in Tennessee and Colorado, Dr. Olson has helped cure countless seniors from across America of arthritis… heart disease… diabetes… and even cancer. All without risky prescription drugs or painful surgeries.

View More Free Articles

Diet Trick Slashes Multiple Sclerosis Risk

Multiple sclerosis (MS) only strikes younger people… right? So, if you’ve reached your senior years, you should be in the clear. Not so fast. It turns out the number of older folks being diagnosed with MS is rising. In fact, it has been since the 1970s right along with the overall number of diagnoses—it’s just...

Read This

Man smells lemon to test his heart health

Could Your NOSE Save Your Life?

The human body is both super weird and incredibly cool. Case in point: There’s evidence that our sense of SMELL can send us secret signals… About our HEART. That’s right, your nose could be trying to tell you something about your ticker. And not listening could be a fatal mistake. As odd as it sounds,...

Read This

7 BETTER THAN Soda Alternatives

Some folks may be tired of hearing me say soda is the devil, but I’m going to repeat it anyway because it is. After all, soda is stuffed with harmful, inflammatory sugar. And if there’s one change you can make that will have a HUGE impact on your health, it’s swearing off the sweet stuff....

Read This

“Emotional” Trigger Sends Stroke Risk Soaring 56%

Back in the day, we didn’t “talk about our feelings.” Instead, we were supposed to quietly suffer and pretend everything was fine. Thankfully, that has started to change. We now understand you can’t separate physical and mental health. They’re one and the same. In fact, mental health—loneliness in particular—has been making headlines the last few...

Read This

Senior man in blue shirt holds up hearing aid

Mailbag: Are Hearing Aids Worth It?

“My hearing seems to be deteriorating, and I often find myself asking people to repeat themselves. My kids want me to get hearing aids, but is it really worth it?” – George Hi George, I totally understand your concerns about investing in hearing aids. It’s a big decision, and it’s natural to wonder if it’s...

Read This

Citrus Secret to Better Heart Health REVEALED

Looking out for your heart health is VITAL as you age. After all, we only get ONE ticker that’s got to last us a lifetime. And you’re not going to believe this, but a powerful tool for boosting our heart health has been hiding in plain sight all along. Even worse, we’ve been tossing it...

Read This

Dig Up This Sleep Solution in Your Own Backyard

Getting a good night’s sleep as you age can sure be a challenge! Desperation for getting some decent shuteye can have you trying every potion, device, and technique on the planet. But what if the solution is the earth itself? Let me explain… A new study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that...

Read This

Cracking the Vitamin D Dosage Code

When it comes vitamin D, I might be accused of sounding like a broken record. (Well, by those old enough to understand the reference, anyway.) But I’ll risk that reputation, because it really IS a vital vitamin. After all, vitamin D is essential for MANY health-related functions, including… Maintaining strong bones by promoting calcium absorption...

Read This

MILLIONS on Statins Who Shouldn’t Be

Looks like the statin-pushers have finally run out of excuses to peddle their pills to everyone with a pulse. Of course, I’ve already been banging this drum for years. Statins are NOT the miracle cure Big Pharma wants you to believe. Instead, they come with a laundry list of side effects that can make your...

Read This

Six Simple Hacks to BEAT Morning Congestion

As we celebrate America’s independence today, we honor the enduring spirit of freedom that has defined our nation for generations. May this Fourth of July remind us of the blessings of liberty and the strength of our united country. A frustrated patient recently asked me why she wakes up feeling congested so often. Unfortunately, opening...

Read This