Vision + Exercise
Getting regular exercise is important for overall health, but did you know that getting your blood pumping is also good for your eyes?
Reducing the risk of glaucoma
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology studies, those who engage in consistent physical activity are less likely to develop glaucoma and other eye diseases. Glaucoma is a known complication of diabetes, and exercise can have a definite effect on the disease and the development of glaucoma among those dealing with the disease.
For those already diagnosed with glaucoma, exercise has been shown to reduce its effects. Even moderate exercise, such as briskly walking three times a week can improve the blood flow to the retina and the optic nerve, possibly reducing eye pressure and lessening glaucoma symptoms. Combining a vision care plan and regular exercise can make living with glaucoma significantly easier.
Lowering your risk of vision problems, improving existing glaucoma, and increasing your physical activity doesn’t take much. These are three things you can choose from to add vision-friendly exercise:
- High Intensity Training (HIT) at a moderate intensity for 20-30 minutes, three times a week
- Go for a bris walk with your dog, and if you don’t have a pet, go by yourself
- Do a virtual yoga class
Be sure to reach out to your health care provider to get approval before you begin an exercise program.