For many years, Dr. Fred Pescatore has been successfully treating patients with various eye diseases and conditions. But no matter what specific vision issue a patient is facing, Dr. Pescatore begins with a four-step action plan he recommends to everyone.
Today, I’ll share that action plan with you, so that you can get started taking control of your eye health and preserving your vision for decades to come. So, let’s dive in…
Action Plan Step 1: Sunglasses in any weather? It’s a must! Here’s why…
If you’ve ever had a painful sunburn, you already know what excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light can do to your skin.
Now imagine that happening to your eyes. That’s known as snow blindness, or as your doctor would call it, photokeratitis, which is a sunburn on your eye’s cornea.
Obviously, this can occur when you’re on the ski slopes on a sunny day. But it can happen any place where your surroundings throw a steady glare of sunlight on your face—such as the beach, pavement, or when you’re out on the water.
In Dr. Pescatore’s Ageless Vision Protocol, he explains that overexposure to UV light can prompt damage that leads to the development of cataracts, macular degeneration, and even skin cancer around your eyelids.
That’s why he recommends protecting your eyes with sunglasses that provide complete UV protection. He says, “Look for shades that block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB and 75 to 90 percent of visible light. If you can hardly see your phone screen through your shades, you’ve chosen a good brand.”
And don’t let down your guard on a cloudy day. The UV light that reaches your eyes won’t prompt a burn, but it will take a toll, day after day. Dr. Pescatore notes that he wears his sunglasses in all weather—sunny, cloudy, raining, or snowing.
Also note this tip from the American Academy of Ophthalmology: Polarized lenses reduce glare, but that’s not the same as absorption of UV light. So make sure your polarized lenses also provide UV protection.
Action Plan Step 2: Keep it cool—in moderation
Cool indoor air is an oasis on a blazing hot day, but air conditioning reduces humidity, which contributes to dryness in your eyes. In fact, air conditioning is a major cause of eye dryness, irritation, and eye strain.
Dr. Pescatore adds that many people let their car air conditioning blow directly on their face. This can be refreshing, but it also drains moisture from your eyes, which significantly boosts the risk of corneal abrasions—which can lead to blindness.
Also, consider using a humidifier during the summertime to offset the dehydrating effect when the air conditioning is on for extended periods.
Action Plan Step 3: Lower your computer screen
If you spend extended periods working on your computer, Dr. Pescatore offers this tip: “Place your computer monitor slightly below eye level so you have to look down to focus on it. This causes your eyelids to close slightly, minimizing the surface area and fluid evaporation so that your eyes stay moist.”
He also recommends taking an occasional time-out from all devices with screens. He says, “Take breaks from eye use—whether you’re staring at a computer, watching TV, or reading. Instead of visual concentration, take a walk, or listen to music, or spend time talking with friends.”
Action Plan Step 4: Eat your greens
For further protection from the blue light emitted by computer screens and other device screens, Dr. Pescatore has this simple advice: Eat your greens.
He explains: “Kale, spinach and collard greens contain the highest amount of lutein and zeaxanthin, the antioxidants responsible for absorbing harmful blue light.”
Dr. Pescatore calls the blue light from smartphones, tablets, computer screens, TV and LED lights “one of the prime eye-attacking villains of modern life.” He notes that excessive blue light exposure can actually fade your vision and kill off eye cells.
But optimal amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin help build a barrier to block harmful blue light, protecting your eyes from the development of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
To increase your intake of these key phytochemicals, eat plenty of lutein- and zeaxanthin-rich foods like those I mentioned above, as well as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, pistachios, and egg yolks.
In addition, Dr. Pescatore recommends supplementing with lutein (20 mg) and zeaxanthin (4 mg) daily.
Along with these four secrets for rejuvenating aging eyes, Dr. Pescatore’s Ageless Vision Protocol offers many more tips that are essential to healthy vision.
“Protecting Eyes from UV Rays Today Helps Save Healthy Vision in the Future” Prevent Blindness, 4/29/19. (https://preventblindness.org/protecting-eyes-from-uv-rays-today-helps-save-healthy-vision-in-the-future/)