Exercise and Eye Health

There is no doubt that frequent exercise is good for one’s health. Exercise can reduce body fat, increase heart function, tone muscles, and help you focus. Surprisingly, exercise can also help keep your eyes healthy and possibly prevent common eye problems such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration. This article will talk about the ways that simple exercise can help keep your eyes healthy and happy!


Common Eye Diseases


The information that has been gathered on these subjects find that it does not necessarily help with every kind of eye disease. Studies have shown that two major eye diseases are less likely to develop with people who exercise regularly. Cataracts and Glaucoma are the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Cataracts clouds the natural lens of the eye causing symptoms like blurriness, glare, fading colors, and double vision. In the worst cases, Cataracts may require surgery to replace the natural lens with a new one. Glaucoma affects the eye’s optic nerve and may not have any symptoms at first. Overtime Glaucoma can be identified through eye exams and can eventually have similar symptoms like cataracts. Both diseases have various treatment options to help deal with the symptoms. There may be preventative measures you could take to reduce the risk of both Cataracts and Glaucoma.


Protecting Your Vision


Regular exercise has the benefit of warding off other diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure. The prevention of diabetes and high blood pressure through exercise can be enough of an indicator that regular exercise helps with maintaining optimal eye health. Going even further, studies suggest that regular exercise can help produce antioxidant chemicals to help fight off stress-related eye problems. Oxidative stress can cause damage to the retinal ganglion cells in the eye causing glaucoma and other eye diseases. Regular exercise can reduce that pressure giving you a better chance of fighting or glaucoma and other eye diseases.


Your Own Plan


The best way to get exercise in your life is to plan for it. Create a schedule that works for you and make it something that you will stick to. Scheduling 60 – 75 minutes of exercise for 3 – 5 days a week is optimal and will help you reduce the risk of eye diseases and also help you get and stay fit!

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