How Exercise Benefits the Eye

How Exercise Benefits the Eye

How Exercise Benefits the Eye

How Exercise Benefits the Eye

How Exercise Benefits the Eye

It is common knowledge that exercise plays a critical role in healthy living. Exercise can help improve energy levels, lower blood pressure, aid in weight loss, build muscle, and much more. But one benefit of exercise that is not as well known is its profound impact on your eyesight. 

Based on recent research, eye conditions are usually a direct result of a health issue such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, etc. While some of these diseases are unavoidable, exercising regularly can help prevent these issues, and in doing so, help keep the eyes healthy. In addition to physical exercise, there are even some eye exercises that you can do to keep your vision healthy; these exercises include focusing on certain points, rolling your eyes in different directions, and writing with the eyes.

Cataracts and Exercise

According to a study in 2003 and another in 2006, a relationship was discovered between an increase in exercise and a decrease in cataract. The study emphasized that there is a greater chance of cataract if there is an absence of physical activity. This implies that taking a light walk or jog around your house or on a field track consistently can contribute to the fight against cataracts.

Macular Degeneration and Exercise

According to one study, exercising three times or more on a weekly basis reduces one’s chances of developing exudative macular degeneration. Exudative macular degeneration occurs when unnecessary blood vessels grow beneath the retina and leak fluid and blood into the eyes.

Glaucoma and Exercise

One major cause of glaucoma is an increase in ocular perfusion pressure. Very light exercises, like jogging or walking at least three times weekly, help reduce the intraocular pressure and improve the flow of blood to the optic nerve and retina.

The benefit of eye exercises

  • Protection against dry eyes. Eye exercises help maintain and improve the fluid level in the eyes: as the eyes are being exercised, say by rotation, fluid is produced.

  • Reduction of eye strain and tension. Exercising the eyes daily helps in reducing the strain and tension that has been placed on the muscle. Exercises like rolling the eyes and writing with the eyes help contract and relax the eye muscles. Long hours of study or computer use can cause blurry vision, but exercise can help restore visual clarity.

  • Increased flexibility of the eye muscles. Exercises like shifting and swinging the muscles of the eyes help promote flexibility in the muscles of the eyes. Just like exercise helps the muscles in the rest of the body, the same thing applies to eye exercises.

  • Correction of lazy eye. A lazy eye is a condition in which one of the eyes works better than the other, causing an imbalance in vision. This usually happens among younger people. With eye exercises, a lazy eye can be brought to full functionality.

  • Enhanced concentration. Some individuals find it difficult to focus on an object because it takes them longer than others. Exercises like focusing and writing on the wall with your eye movements can help enhance the concentration level of the eyes.

  • Improved eyesight. Generally, the goal of eye exercises is to have healthy eyesight. All the various eye exercises are directed towards different parts of the eyes, enhancing overall vision and clarity.

All of these exercises play a major role in the development and health of the eyes. Engaging in physical exercises can help reduce your chances of having bad eyesight by decreasing your risk of health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. Be consistent with your exercise behavior, and you will achieve results!

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