Getting regular exercise is important for your overall health. There are several ways that staying active can impact your eye health and reduce your risk of developing eye conditions like glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

Exercise and Eye Health

But you don’t need to be a marathon runner or CrossFit champion to keep your eyes healthy. Just adding a brisk, 30-minute walk into your routine can boost your well-being and improve your eye health.

Reduce Risk for Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. Though glaucoma affects many people across the world, you can help protect yourself from developing it. Studies have shown that you can reduce your risk of glaucoma simply by incorporating more physical activity in your day. Increasing exercise reduces your risk for glaucoma by helping lower your eye pressure.

Reduce Risk for Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Wet macular degeneration occurs when blood vessels grow abnormally, causing blood or other fluid to enter the eye and cause vision loss. It can also occur when fluid leaks into the eye for other reasons and creates a bump that causes vision loss. In addition to age, both obesity and heart disease are risk factors for wet macular degeneration. When you get more exercise, you’re able to stay at a healthy weight and prevent or better manage heart disease. In fact, some studies have shown that exercising just three times a week can reduce your risk of wet age-related macular degeneration by as much as 70%.

Reduce Risk for Cataracts

Cataracts are clumps of proteins or fibers that gather in the eye and disrupt vision. There are many reasons that people develop these including genetic factors or even past eye surgeries. Diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure are all other risk factors for cataracts, and each of these can be prevented or managed through healthy lifestyle choices that include an exercise routine.

Regular Check-ups Keep Your Eyes Healthy, Too!

Annual eye exams are an important part of your overall health. Whether you’re an existing patient of ours, or are looking for an eye doctor, we welcome your call. Please reach out any time at (207) 729-8474.