Staying in shape through exercise or enjoying activities that keep you on the go is very healthy. You already know that choosing an active lifestyle is great for your body, but did you know it also promotes eye health? Here’s how staying active benefits your eyes.

Activity Helps Prevent Diabetes and High Blood Pressure

Exercise and activity helps maintain a healthy weight and lessens your chances of developing diabetes and high blood pressure. Both of these contribute to potential vision loss from glaucoma to cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. 

Exercise Helps Stave Off Macular Degeneration

Aging increases our risk for macular degeneration, which is a leading cause of vision loss that affects the central portion of the retina. Studies show that exercising at least three times weekly may reduce age related macular degeneration by up to 75%. 

How To Stay Active For Eye Health

Choosing an active lifestyle is best for your health. The good news is that there are many ways you can do it. From traditional exercise routines to incorporating activity naturally into your day, the best exercise is doing something you enjoy and will keep up! Ideas include, yoga or pilates classes, working out at the gym, swapping your car for walking when you run your errands, taking up dancing, joining a hiking group. The list goes on and on. 

Don’t Forget To Eat A Healthy Diet, Too

The other factor in a healthy lifestyle is eating a healthy diet. Colorful fruits and vegetables are good for our overall health, including our eyes. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies every day.

Prioritize Regular Eye Exams

Regular eye exams are an important part of your wellness routine. Eye exams not only check your vision, but some health concerns may be diagnosed early because of a routine eye exam. Early diagnosis is key to a better outcome.

Schedule an Exam With the Eye Health Experts at SPEA Today

The doctors at South Palm Eye Associates are available for comprehensive eye exams using the latest diagnostic tools. Stay on the road to good health and eye health; schedule your exam today by calling us at 561-737-4040.