Healthy Body, Healthy Eyes! How Staying Fit and Active Helps Preserve Vision

Maintaining a healthy overall lifestyle is the best way to ensure healthy vision for the long term. Here is why keeping fit and active can help you keep your eyes strong. OptiExpress offers comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

What is the best way to keep your eyes healthy? Getting plenty of sleep, avoiding eye strain, and vigilant ultraviolet sunlight protection are important factors, but regular exercise and staying active might be the very best strategy for preserving eye health for a variety of reasons.

Staying fit helps prevent chronic health conditions that compromise vision.

A sedentary lifestyle contributes to numerous health issues that affect vision in the long term. High blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes can all put you at significant risk for macular degeneration, cataracts, retinopathy, and glaucoma.

Regular, vigorous exercise is one of the best strategies for fighting the above degenerative illnesses and obesity. When paired with a healthy diet, consistent exercise can reduce your risk of developing ocular conditions, such as macular degeneration, by as much as 70 percent. Overall cardiovascular health helps reduce the risk of glaucoma by approximately 25 percent.

Staying active doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym every day, either. Taking regular walks around the neighborhood can help preserve heart health and maintain optimal circulation. There are also fun ways of staying fit, such as taking dance lessons, playing a sport, learning self-defense or taking martial arts classes, where you break a sweat without realizing you’re exercising!

While staying fit is great for keeping yourself healthy and your vision sharp, it’s important to get regular eye examinations, which can identify eye abnormalities and health conditions before they become problematic. This is important even if you don’t require prescription vision correction. Regardless of whether you wear glasses, make sure to schedule an appointment for an eye check annually.

OptiExpress is a full-service eye care center, offering optometry services in addition to a wide selection of designer eyewear and a one-hour onsite lab, where you can have your corrective lens prescription filled during your lunch break!

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington was voted leading optometrist in Ft. Myers for three years running, and has practiced in South Florida for more than two decades. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.