The Positive Effects of Nutrition and Exercise on One's Vision
"Many people may not realize that the same foods that are good for your heart and arteries are also beneficial for your eyesight," said Dr. Feldman. "Foods such as spinach, kale, and broccoli, which contain lutein and zeaxanthin, have been known to help reduce the risk of cataracts. Lutein helps to protect the eyes by forming pigments in the macula, which help to filter out harmful wavelengths that can damage the eye. Likewise, vitamins C, E, and zinc have been known to reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)."
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While nutrition has proven to be helpful in reducing the risk of vision-related disorders, similarly exercise has also been proven to help reduce the risk of eye conditions such as cataracts and AMD. Regular physical activity causes an increase in heart rate, which in turn helps the heart muscles to work more efficiently. The efficiency by which blood is pumped through the circulatory system helps to reduce pressure in the nerves, including the ocular nerve. Excess eye fluid pressure, or ocular nerve pressure, can lead to vision disorders and in extreme cases, irreversible blindness.
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Dr. Feldman advises patients to examine their exercise and eating habits, and make modifications if necessary, in order to protect their eyesight.
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