Many of us know that exercising can help us maintain good health. But did you know that having a regular exercise regimen can also reduce the risk of eye disease?
Exercise Improves Eye Health
Many eye diseases are linked to other health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes. So it stands to reason that having a healthy lifestyle anchored by regular exercise can have a positive effect on the eyes as well.
Several recent studies have supported this concept.
Studies show that as the U.S. population ages, the number of people who are visually impaired or blind will double by 2050. While comprehensive eye exams can prevent eye disease, visual impairment is increasing worldwide.
Regular Exercise Can Prevent Many Eye Conditions
Consider how exercise can help these common eye conditions:
- Regular jogging or walking can help decrease the risk of age-related cataracts.
- Exercising three or more times per week will make you less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD) than those who don’t.
- Moderate intensity, low-impact exercise significantly helps reduce eye pressure in young adults with glaucoma. In addition, researchers discovered that people who engaged in moderate physical exercise were 25% less likely to develop glaucoma over time than people who were sedentary.
The message here is, “Keep moving!”
Checkups and Exercise: A Winning Combination
Take time out of your week for regular exercise. Many people say that they do not have time to exercise, but with all the benefits it imparts, exercise should be a priority.
Find the best time for your schedule, and commit to working out between 3 to 5 times per week. Walking is a great place to start.
Additionally, make sure you schedule routine eye care visits with your ophthalmologist — especially as you age. He or she can help ensure your eyesight remains healthy. For most people, an annual checkup should be sufficient.
If you live in the central New Jersey area, contact our Old Bridge office today to schedule a checkup.