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Physical Fitness and Aerobic Exercise Reduces Risk of Glaucoma and Retinal Degeneration

Low ocular profusion pressure (LOPP) is one of the risk factors for glaucoma.
Paul J Foster and his colleagues have completed a study of just under 6,000 men and women. The study was to look at the relationship between physical activity and OPP. Their results showed that physical exercise performed 15 years prior relates to a 25% lower risk of low OPP. Cardiovascular fitness can help protect your optic nerve and your retina.
There is an association between a sedentary lifestyle and factors which increase glaucoma risk. They conclude that a new way of reducing glaucoma risk can be through maintaining an active lifestyle. People can take part in altering their risk of glaucoma and many other serious health problems.
A word of caution, yoga and certain yoga positions can increase eye discomfort in patients who have glaucoma. Yoga positions such as standing on one’s head or positions where the head is upside down, in downward dog, for example.
Glaucoma can lead to irreversible blindness. This will impact a person’s quality of life. The increase in fluid pressure in the eye can result in optic nerve damage. Minimising fluid pressure can also reduce the risk of blindness.
Other studies have shown that moderate aerobic exercise slows the progression of retinal degenerative diseases.
So as you reach for the crisps and the glass of wine, spare a thought to whether you have done your daily cardiovascular exercise.
Laura Crawley is our Glaucoma Specialist Consultant at Clinica London.


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