Several studies have found connections between regular exercise and reducing risks for several common eye ailments such as cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma. Cardiovascular exercise will lower intraocular pressure, which is pressure in your eyes, and also increases the blood flow to the optic nerve and the retina.
Vision problems and eye disease can also stem from high blood pressure and high cholesterol. A healthy diet and regular exercise are two of the most important steps you can take to lower both!
Time to get active!
Something as simple as a brisk 20-minute walk four times a week will increase your pulse by as much as 25 percent. It's also a great way to enjoy the sunshine and get some extra Vitamin D, which will boost your immune system!
If walking isn’t for you, consider doing something else that increases your blood flow, such as bike riding, swimming, running, dancing, jogging up and down a flight of stairs, and so many other things. Of course, Dr. Dawn's favorite is dancing! No matter what the activity is that you choose to do, you will not only be benefitting your eyes and vision, but you’ll be strengthening your heart health, too.
So, in a nutshell… What can you do?
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