Exercise For Healthy Eyes

exercise for healthy eyes

Being a customer-focused optical lab, it is in our best interest to make sure our customers receive the best products and services we have to offer. In order to take full advantage of our services, such as lenticularization, it is important to understand the correlation between exercise and healthy eyesight.

As we discussed in our other blog: “How Diet Affects Eye Health”, we explained the importance of considering nutrition when reflecting on vision. Now, we will analyze the parallel between exercise and healthy eyesight.

An Eye Opener: How Lack of exercise may lead to poor vision

While most people are aware of the consequences associated with a lack of physical activity and heart problems, they neglect the significance it has on eyesight. Without proper exercise, there is an increased risk of developing eye diseases like cataracts and glaucoma. Glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible blindness in the United States and the world, with more than three million Americans affected. There is also the chance of it leading to high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which later can result in vision problems and eye disease.

Look on the Bright Side: The Benefits of Exercise for Healthy Eyes

The benefits of exercise don’t stop at a healthy heart or regulated blood pressure but also extends to decreasing the chance of developing poor vision. Moderate physical exercise, like going for a walk three times a week, can lower intraocular pressure (IOP) and improve blood flow to the retina and optic nerve. In addition, staying active decreases the chances of developing Glaucoma by 25 percent! All things considered, those who suffer from glaucoma can especially benefit from exercise. 

How to Eye-sist Your Patients:

Since the repercussions of poor exercise may be hard to handle, opticians can help by motivating all patients to be more active. By routinely incorporating physical activity into a daily routine, patients may increase their chances of bettering their vision. Cardio exercise is an excellent way to increase blood flow. The American Optometric Association believes even minimal amounts of exercise may lessen glaucoma risk and its threat of vision loss. Incorporating a few minutes of exercise every day will leave a positive impact on the organ that allows us to see. Allentown Optical is aware of the important eye health has on your patients. We encourage you to take advantage of our optical lab not only to better your business but especially your patients.