Exercise is good for your body but a new study out reveals it may help stave off eye disease and prevent eye damage too.

The study’s findings support previous claims that exercise prevents serious eye diseases such as AMD, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, but unlike past studies, which examined disease risk among people who self-reported their exercise, the new study looks directly at the effects of physical activity on the eye.

Exercise and Healthy Blood Vessels

The study suggests that exercise boosts the eye’s resilience. Exercise may protect against the overgrowth of blood vessels, which occurs in eye conditions such as neovascular glaucoma, AMD and diabetic retinopathy.

Regular Exercise Promotes Eye Health

Scientists are still working to understand how exercise protects the human eye. Their discoveries could unlock treatments for a number of eye conditions, but for now, its clear exercise can stave off some eye conditions and help you manage eye conditions better. People who engage in moderate physical exercise are 25% less likely than inactive people to develop glaucoma. And for people with glaucoma, regular exercise can lower pressure and improve blood flow to the retina and optic nerve. For people with diabetes it can help lower their risk of complications from diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of vision loss in working adults.

So How Much Should You Exercise?

The new study strengthens the recommendation that regular, moderate exercise is good for everyone’s health. The CDC, WHO and American Heart Association all recommend 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week. That’s equivalent to about 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week. This can include walking, cycling, swimming, dancing and even active gardening. Consistent physical activity can help you and your eyes stay healthy.

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Source: aao.org

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