Exercise and eye health
We all know that exercise is beneficial but did you know that hitting the gym could actually be preserving your vision and eye health?
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, eye diseases are often times linked to other medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and even high cholesterol. So, as we work out to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure we could be also lowering our risk for eye diseases like cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
Studies have proven that people who exercise are less likely to develop serious eye disease than people who chose not to participate in physical activity. One study in particular proved that people who exercised for 30 minutes were 25 percent less likely to develop glaucoma than those who were inactive.
A study performed in 2016 shows evidence of exercise lowering the risk for cataracts, so taking a brisk walk or jog around the park could significantly help lower the risks of age related cataracts.
People with glaucoma have greatly benefited from exercise. In fact, research shows that participating in moderate physical exercise can actually lower your intraocular pressure (IOP) and improve blood flow to the retina and optic nerve. This includes an activity as simple as a brisk walk around your neighborhood several times a week.
Eye diseases are on the rise
A study performed in 2016 shows that visual impairments and blindness is on the rise in the United States and around the world. It is expected that by the year 2050 the number or people will visual problems will nearly double! As these findings come to light we must do all we can do to protect and preserve out vision.
What can you do?
- Visit your eye doctor for regular eye exams. From as young as 6 months of age is when one should start having their eyes checked and this should continue every year or two on average. If you have a family history of eye diseases or impairments you may need to be seen more often.
- Make eating right and exercising a priority! As we know diet and exercise are a great recipe for maintaining over all health and well being.
Start making exercise a priority for your overall health and well being and reap the benefits in more ways than one! If you haven’t been in for an eye exam recently or are suffering from vision impairments call 480-994-1872 to make an appointment Today!