Exercise And Your Eyes

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According to Wikipedia exercise is defined as any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness, overall health and wellness.

Physical activity may not help eyesight directly but helps to lower the risk of certain health conditions that are linked to eye disease such as type 2 diabetes.  Poorly controlled diabetes can damage the blood vessels in the retina causing diabetic retinopathy.  High blood pressure can also lead to eyesight and vision problems.

Studies based about Exercise and Eye Diseases

Numerous studies have shown that regular exercise can reduce the risk of eye diseases such as cataracts, age related macular degeneration and glaucoma.  Listed below are the studies for the eye disease:

1.  Cataracts

A study (Williams PT 2013) in 2013 has shown that a brisk walk or a jog can reduce the risk of cataracts.  Another study has shown that a lack of exercise may increase the risk of cataracts.

2.  Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

A study (MD Knutson 2006) was carried out that looked at the history of 4000 people to see if there was a connection between AMD and exercise.  Researchers found that people who exercised 3 or more times a week will make you less likely to develop AMD.

3.  Glaucoma

A study (Read SA 2011) carried out on young adults with glaucoma has shown that moderate intensity low impact exercise reduces pressure in the eyes.

Exercise Tips for Healthy Eyes

Make time in your day for regular exercise.  Start simple and set realistic targets.  Take the time out to do regular brisk walks or a light jog.  If walking or jogging is not for you try cycling or swimming.  Aim to exercise 3-5 times a week.

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Schedule regular appointments with your optician for a comprehensive eye check up and to ensure you have the correct prescription for your glasses.

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