Exercise is crucial for so many areas of our health, including for the eyes. Now is the time to be inspired into getting active.
It is important for our eyes to stay comfortable and health which is why they need oxygen. Aerobic exercise can help increase oxygen supplies to the optic nerve and lower any pressure that builds up in the eye. Reducing intraocular ‘eye’ pressure can help control conditions, such as glaucoma and ocular hypertension.
In fact, studies commissioned by the Glaucoma Foundation indicate that glaucoma patients who exercise at least three times a week could reduce their intraocular eye pressure by an average of 20 per cent. Regular exercise can also improve blood flow to the retina and the optic nerve and has been found to prevent the progression of diabetes, which, in severe cases, can lead to diabetic retinopathy and total sight loss.
Although everyone has different forms and types of exercises they prefer to practice, here are some that you can partake in from our experience.
- Fight for Sight | Journey to the Centre of the Eye: You can race, anytime, anywhere, run, jog or walk 10km. From the 24th of September to 11 October 2018.
- Vision Aid Overseas | Amsterdam Marathon: Half a marathon and 8km routes are available on 21st of October 2018.
Brisk walks, cycling dancing and swimming are all excellent ways to reduce intraocular pressure and maintain healthy eyes.
Getting more exercise isn’t only good for your waistline. Exercise is a natural anti-depressant, leaving you in a great mood. It also reduces the pressure in your eyes, decreasing your risk of developing glaucoma and other eye diseases by up to 70%.