How Exercise Benefits the Eye

I know it is common knowledge that exercise plays a very important role in healthy living. From cradle you must have been made aware that exercises help in the improvement of energy level, lowering blood pressure, losing weight, building muscles, etc. but little did we know that exercises can have a profound impact on your eyesight. Sounds quite strange, right?

According to recent research, eye conditions are usually as a result of one health issue or the other like high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol level, etc. These diseases can be avoided by exercising regularly. By so doing, the eyes are kept healthy. More so, there are some eye exercises that can be done to keep a healthy vision. Examples of such eye exercises are focusing, heating, rolling the balls, writing with the eyes, etc.
 

Cataracts and Exercise

According to a study in 2003 and another in 2006, a relationship was discovered between exercise and a decrease in cataract. It emphasized that there is a greater chance for cataract if there is the 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 a study, exercising three times or more on a weekly basis reduces ones’ chances of developing exudative macular degeneration. Exudative macular degeneration occurs when blood vessels that are not needed to grow beneath the retina, leaking fluid and blood into the eyes.
 

Glaucoma and Exercise

One major cause in the development of glaucoma is an increase in ocular perfusion pressure. Very light exercises like jogging, walking around about three times weekly helps reduce the intraocular pressure, improving the flow of blood to the optic nerve and retina. The study discovered that light exercises help reduce pressure in the eyes.
 

The benefit of eye exercises

  • Protects against dry eyes Eye exercises help maintain and improve the fluid level in the eyes, thus eliminating the possibility of dry eyes. This is possible because as the eyes are being exercised say by rotation, there is the tendency that fluid is produced. At times, it would seem like you are crying

  • Reduces 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 balls, writing with the eyes help in the contracting and relaxing of the eye muscles. Long hours of study or use of a computer can cause blurry vision. Through exercise, clarity can be achieved, eliminating tension and unnecessary pressure.

  • Makes the eye muscles flexible Exercises like shifting and swinging the muscles of the eyes help promote flexibility in the muscles of the eyes. Just like exercises helps the body muscles, the same thing applies to eye exercises. This way, vision is enhanced, and clarity is achieved
     

  • Correction of lazy eyes A lazy eye is a condition in which one of the eyes is not as sharp as the other. By this, I mean that one eye works better than the other causing imbalance in vision. Most times, this happens among
    young folks. Through eye exercising, a lazy eye can be developed and made to function the same way the other works.

  • Enhances concentration There are some individuals that find it difficult to focus on an object as it takes them a longer time than normal. Exercises like focusing, writing on the wall can help enhance the concentration level of the eyes.

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

In conclusion, exercises play a major role in the development of the eyes. Engaging in physical exercises can help reduce your chances of having bad eyesight. Health issues like diabetes, blood pressure. levels, etc. if properly managed would prevent eye defects. Exercising does not demand that you are an expert. All you need is to be consistent with the little you know be it dancing, light jogging, are good enough to achieve results. To continue reaping the benefits of exercise, there is the need to continually engage in exercises.

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