Exercise helps your vision! Everyone knows that staying active and doing lots of exercise is good for your health, but not many people know that exercise also helps your vision as well!

Research in recent years has shown that exercise can help to reduce your risk of developing common eye conditions such as:

Taking part in cardiovascular exercise can help to relieve the pressure in your eye (intraocular pressure), which helps to keep the retinal ganglion cells healthy and protected. Cardio exercise also helps to increase the flow of blood around the body, meaning that the optic nerve and retina will also get more oxygenated blood. Because of this your overall eye health and vision can improve, but it is especially beneficial for people that suffer from glaucoma.

A lot of vision problems and eye diseases are brought on by high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Regular exercise will help to reduce both these problems and in turn improve your overall eye health and vision.

Exercise does not have to be a long a strenuous activity. Something as simple as a 25-minute walk around the park 4 times a week can help you and increase blood flow. If walking is not for you can try something like swimming, cycling, running, dancing and many more. Whichever exercise you choose to do you will improve your eye health and vision, while also improving the health of your heart and whole body.

How can you make sure your eye health is good?

  1. Make sure that you are seeing your eye doctor at least once a year to ensure that you have the correct prescription and that there have been no new changes.
  2. Try to make regular exercise one of your priorities; research shows that it will help your eyes while also helping your overall health!