Physical activity and eye health

Monday 12 September, 2016

Exercise may be beneficial for your eyes. Earlier this year, a study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology explored the relationship between being physically active and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the leading cause of irreversible severe vision loss in older Australians. The study was based on the past exercise habits of over 20,000 Health 2020 participants who had photographs taken of their eyes between 2003 and 2007. It found that women who exercised the most in the past were less likely to have the intermediate form of AMD than women who were less active. It also suggested that men and women who were very active were less likely to have the most severe types of AMD. These findings along with previous reports about diet and alcohol from the Health 2020 researchers remind us of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle in order to care for the health of our eyes.

Updated: 12 Sep, 2016