exercise prevents glaucoma

You know what exercise does to your heart and your muscles. But, what does it do to your eyes?

We’ve written a lot about exercise lately. We’ve written about exercise and longevity, weight loss and depression.

Researchers wanted to see if physical activity is as good for your eyes as it is for other parts of your body. So, they tracked walking and how it correlats to glaucoma, which is one of the leading causes of blindness and the most common cause of blindness for people over 40.

They found that each 10 minute increase in moderate to vigorous activity per week decreases the risk of glaucoma by 25%. They defined 7,000 steps of walking every day as equivalent to 30 minutes a day of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.

They also found that increasing walking speed contributed to the decreased risk.

This study suggests that exercise and the intensity of exercise can protect you from glaucoma. That's one more benefit of exercise and one more valuable weapon against eye disease.

121st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

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