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It is well known that aerobic exercise (at least 30 minutes per day) is beneficial towards your overall health. Exercise helps reduce stress levels, boosts energy, manage weight, and avoid/manage many medical conditions. Did you know that exercise and healthy lifestyle habits can also be beneficial towards your vision and eye health? Alongside a regular exercise routine, having a balanced diet including nutrients like Omega- 3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamins C and E will have a positive effect on your vision and eye health.

Many eye diseases are linked to medical conditions, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol

Not only will exercise and healthy lifestyle habits help prevent and manage these medical conditions alone, but it will help prevent the effects that these medical conditions can have on our eyes as well. Some major eye diseases that can be caused by these medical conditions include: glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and cataracts.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a disease that damages the optic nerve, which is often caused by an abnormally high pressure in your eye. This is one of the leading causes of blindness for people over the age of 60. Aerobic exercise can lower intraocular pressure (IOP), but also it may improve blood flow to the retina and optic nerve.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration is caused by deterioration of the retina and is the leading cause of severe, permanent vision loss in people over age 60. Regular physical activity is believed to boost the level of antioxidants in the eye to disarm cell-damaging free radicals and enhance the retinas’ self-repair abilities.

Cataracts

A cataract is when your eye’s naturally clear lens becomes cloudy. Proteins in your lens break down and cause things to look blurry, hazy, or less colorful. Exercise and healthy lifestyle habits may reduce the risk of cataracts because it reduces oxidative stress in the eye, preventing lipid degradation which can cause cell damage. Exercise also increases high density lipoproteins (HDL), commonly known as “good cholesterol.”