How to Improve Your Vision with Nutrition : Exclusive Renegade Health Interview with Dr. Jeffrey Anshel

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You don’t need great vision to appreciate this view! (Above the Sacred Valley, Cusco, Peru.)

Renegade Health has been around for years, but we’ve never covered nutrition for the eyes…

In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever interviewed a holistic eye doctor. Ever.

So today we’re having an online, ribbon cutting ceremony for the first holistic eye interview here on the blog.

Dr. Jeffrey Anshel gets the distinction of being the inaugural interviewee and we’re going to talk about why vision gets bad, how to place your computer screen so you don’t strain your eyes, and the best nutrition for your eyes.

Let’s get rolling (my comments and notes follow in writing)…

Listen to Part 1 here:

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Click the play button to start the call:


My comments on this interview with Dr. Anshel…

1. What causes vision issues?

Dr. Anshel says that by reading the studies you’ll see it’s difficult to determine what causes bad vision. A good percentage of it is genetic — meaning if your mom and dad both have bad vision chances are you will too.

But some is also environmental or adaptive. It seems like our eyes these days are more likely to have to read up close than far away. This influences how our eyes adapt.

As for computers and reading, again Dr. Anshel says there are not any solid studies that can point the finger in this direction, but it certainly seems like there is a connection.

2. What are vision ergonomics?

Just like you’d have an ergonomically correct chair in your office, Dr. Anshel explains why it’s important to set up your computer for your eyes.

Reading books don’t seem to the biggest problem when it comes to strained vision because the book is close and the eyes are naturally slanted down when reading.

The biggest issue that Dr. Anshel sees is computer monitors that are too high, causing excessive strain on the eyes. It’s easier for you to focus close when your eyes are pointed downward, so if your monitor is level with your eyes, then you will get excess vision and eye muscle strain.

The best level for your monitor is where the top of it is level with your eyes when sitting. This way you can look slightly downwards at it and allow your eyes to naturally focus.

Dr. Anshel shares that laptops are at a better angle, but they’re not great for your arms and shoulders. I agree. I have to do upper back and shoulder exercises to ensure that I don’t turn into a “desk turtle.” (Rounded back from sitting at a desk all day, every day.)

3. Get high quality sunglasses to protect your eyes.

The sun has been shown to break down the eye’s lens, so it makes sense that a high quality sun protecting pair of glasses would be great to assist in your own personal eye care. Be sure you don’t get cheap ones from the drug store. Just because they say UV protection does not mean they’re good.

Dr. Anshel has looked through his eye exam equipment with many different sun glasses to see how clear the letters turn up. He’s been continuously surprised at how poor some of the lenses are constructed.

I’m not the type to wear sunglasses, so this is something I may consider.

The only problem with moderate to expensive sunglasses for me is that I’m a self proclaimed glasses bulldozer.

I have sit on, stepped on, or laid on at least 4 pairs of glasses in the last 4 years — totally destroying them. By doing so I’ve cost us hundreds of dollars.

I need rubber ones.

4. Supplements and nutrition for the eyes.

“What goes in our mouths comes out our eyes,” says Dr. Anshel.

I agree.

In this interview, he first makes sure to address carrots and their benefits to the eye. He wanted everyone to know that carrots affect the health of the retina, but do not directly improve vision. Making the retina healthy can keep vision good, but it doesn’t necessarily improve it.

Lutein and zeathanthin — carotenoids similar to beta-carotene — are nutrients found most abundantly in the eye. These nutrients filter high intensity light and act as antioxidants to maintain retina cells.

DHA from algae or fish oil is a long chain essential fatty acid that helps repair and support the rods and cones of the eye. This nutrient keeps the eyes from degenerating.

Finally, B vitamins are responsible for nerve impulse assistance. One study that Dr. Anshel explains shows that these vitamins can prevent macular degeneration.

Final Word: That’s the end of part 1 of this interview on natural eye care. Tomorrow, Dr. Anshel and I will discuss the Bates Method, what eye exercises are best, and a special homeopathic remedy for itchy eyes.

Your question of the day: Do you have bad vision? If so, what have you tried to improve it?

If you want more information about Dr. Anshel, please be sure to visit his website here.

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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