It is no secret that a healthy diet and exercise routine are highly encouraged by doctors as preventative measures for their patients to feel better and live longer, more fulfilling lives. Exercise is also known to increase mood and mental state for people who participate in some sort of activity. A lesser known fact about exercise and a healthy diet, however, is the impact they have on vision and eye health.
In the last decade, research has been done that links regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle with a lower risk of eye diseases like cataracts, wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and glaucoma.
Regular cardiovascular activity like walking showed a decrease in the risk of age-related cataracts, according to two separate studies conducted in 2013 and 2016, and a separate study found that older adults who exercised at least three times per week were less likely to develop wet AMD. Glaucoma, which is caused by high pressure in the eye, was less common in people who exercised regularly because the activity itself led to great reductions in the eye’s pressure.
Exercise has an indirect impact on eye and vision health as well. Health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol can all negatively affect vision and even cause blindness. The best way to combat these health issues is to eat healthy foods and participate in consistent exercise.
Life is full of beauty, and we are only given one set of eyes to be able to take in our surroundings and the people we love if we’re lucky. Protecting our eyesight is crucial, and by exercising routinely and making healthy food choices, we are prolonging our eye health and supporting our body’s need to thrive.