Exercise for eye health

Sharon Copeland Sharon Copeland
Monday, 17 May 2021 Share this blog: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Copy link Copy Link

Exercise has a wealth of benefits. Not only does it improve mood and keep your body fit, but it can also improve your vision, whether you already have great vision or have symptoms of an eye disease. Exercise can help to prevent the following eye diseases.

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

There is no cure for the devastating effects of vision loss caused by Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) but research suggests that physical activity might prevent the risk of AMD. Running in particular is considered to reduce the risk of AMD while aerobic exercise increases the levels of growth factors that help to protect retinal function and structure from degeneration.


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Exercise can improve blood flow to the retina and optic nerve as well as lower intraocular pressure which can help to prevent glaucoma. Both Jogging and weightlifting are especially good for this as long as you remember to breathe correctly. You should avoid holding your breath as this can increase intraocular pressure.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Exercise can help to keep diabetes under control and by managing this, you can reduce diabetic retinopathy amongst other complications.

You’ll be pleased to know that you don’t need to be doing marathons or extreme physical activity to reap health benefits for your eyes. Moderate activity done on a regular basis will do wonders to keep your eyes healthy. You can also do eye exercises for eye fatigue. While these exercises have not been scientifically proven to help with eye conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts, they do provide benefits for eye strain and overall well-being.

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