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How an Active Lifestyle is Good for Eye Health

8/9/2022

We’ve all heard how an active lifestyle pays off through the years and helps you live the quality of life you deserve. Less joint pain, a healthier heart and digestive system, a sharper brain, and more. But did you know that it can also keep your eye health in check?

Eye disease is more likely in less active lifestyles

As we age, our risks for just about every disease increase, including eye diseases. With a sedentary lifestyle, the increase is more extreme. The problem is that eye diseases are more likely when you have some other diseases that come from living a sedentary lifestyle. Diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart conditions, and high blood pressure take a toll on the eyes. This increases your risk for eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic macular edema.

How to decrease risks for eye diseases as you age

There’s no surefire way to completely prevent eye diseases as you age, but there are some measures you can take to decrease your risk. The winning combination is an active lifestyle, good sleeping habits, and a healthy diet.

With a healthy diet, you can get the nutrients that your eyes need to thrive and stay healthy. Without these nutrients, the cells in your eyes don’t have the building blocks to handle their workload.

Speaking of the workload on your eyes, that’s what makes sleep so important. Sleep is when our body recharges, and that includes your eyes. Plus, it includes your immune system. If your immune system doesn’t get the sleep it needs to recharge, it leaves your eyes and the rest of your body susceptible to infections that can lead to serious diseases.

Staying active has a clear correlation with lowered eye disease risks. It’s important to get active at least three times per week. This could mean just about anything, from intense workouts at the gym to yoga to even just taking a walk around the neighborhood. People who stay active like they should have 75% less risk for macular degeneration and 25% less risk for glaucoma.

Fite Eye Center | The best way to keep your eyes healthy

A healthy lifestyle is a great way to keep your eyes healthy for as long as possible. But, like anything else health-related, it’s important to keep up with health professionals. You can work out every day, but it’s still important to visit the doctor to monitor your heart health for things that you may not see. The same is true for your eyes. Keep doing everything you can to keep them healthy and leave the rest to the experts at Fite Eye Center. Our expert team will monitor your eye health and recommend things you can do to keep your eyes healthy going forward.

To learn more about how our expert team can help you, give Fite Eye Center a call at (586) 765-0775 or send in an online contact form now!
 

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