It’s widely known that regular exercise vastly benefits physical, mental, and emotional health. But did you know that it can have just as big of an impact on eye health as well? Yep!
Studies have confirmed that people who exercise regularly are less likely to develop serious eye diseases such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Cardiovascular exercise lowers intraocular pressure in the eye, which helps protect the retinal ganglion cells. It also increases blood flow to the optic nerve and retina. Additionally, because eye problems can stem from high blood pressure and high cholesterol, it makes sense that physical activity and a healthy diet can help keep eyes in optimum health and prevent disease.
For those who already suffer from diseases like glaucoma, AMD and diabetes, moderate exercise can help manage those conditions and prevent complications in the eye.
For example, those with diabetes who engage in regular physical activity reduce their risk of developing complications like diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of adult vision loss. For those who suffer from glaucoma, a disease that damages the optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain, moderate cardiovascular activity has been shown to improve blood flow to the optic nerve and retina.
So if you needed another reason to prioritize an active lifestyle this year, here it is. The best part is that you don’t have to be a die-hard bodybuilder or avid triathlon athlete to reap these health benefits. Simply incorporating light physical activity into your daily and weekly routines, like going for a brisk stroll three times a week, will help keep those baby blues healthy while impacting your overall mental, physical, and emotional health. So go ahead, get out there.
If you have vision problems, please go to an ophthalmologist in time.
Wearing the right prescription glasses can prevent your vision from deteriorating.