A long term study of thousands of adults shows that regular exercise lowers risk of vision loss over 20 years. The Beaver Dam Eye Study started in 1987 and continued to follow approximately 5,000 adults over 20 years. Vision loss was reported in 5.4% of the population overall.
People who were physically active had a 58% lower risk of vision loss according to this study. Heart healthy practices like exercise, not smoking, healthy weight, and regular check-ups to monitor blood pressure have been shown to reduce the risk of eye diseases like macular degeneration and glaucoma.
Whether you are considering laser vision correction like LASIK or PRK or not, a heart healthy lifestyle including exercise can keep help to keep your vision safe. Regular eye health checks with your optometrist or ophthalmologist are also very important to find and treat eye conditions. For many eye problems early treatment is important in preventing serious vision loss and can often be found before you have symptoms.
If you have questions about laser vision correction or wish to book a complimentary evaluation with Dr. Anderson Penno, contact Western Laser Eye Associates.