Exercise Can Significantly Decrease Your Risk for Blindness
Dr Mercola | February, 2018
Growing older is inevitable, but conditions often considered age-related may not be. One condition many people expect as they grow older is declining vision. However, contrary to popular belief, your vision is largely dependent on your lifestyle and not your chronological age.
Some of the more common reasons for vision loss as you age include cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and two of the leading causes of blindness, macular degeneration and glaucoma.1 In a survey from Johns Hopkins University, scientists discovered that nearly half of Americans said losing their eyesight was the “worst possible” health problem someone could suffer.2 Becoming blind was dreaded more than HIV/AIDS, going deaf or losing a limb.
There are several commonsense strategies that help protect your vision, including quitting smoking, normalizing blood sugar and reducing or eliminating aspartame and processed trans fats. Your eyes respond to nutritional support, but recent research also demonstrates that moderate to vigorous intensity exercise may reduce your risk of glaucoma by as much as 73 percent.3
Your eyes are complex orbs, converting light to color and shapes your brain interprets as images. Each eye constantly adjusts the amount of light that is let in, focusing on objects near and far, transmitting the information near-instantaneously to your brain. There are many different structures within your eye responsible for the function of sight.