You’ve started eating right, working out, and sleeping at least 8 hours–and you’ve lost some weight and feel great! So why is it that your eyes feel tired and your vision seems a little blurred, could it be that your changing weight and vision relate?
The impact of obesity on overall health has been well documented, from diabetes to heart disease, but the negative effects it has on eyes aren’t commonly mentioned. Among various eye diseases, being overweight can increase the risk of cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. Additionally, being overweight can put unnecessary pressure on the oh-so-delicate blood vessels in our eyes and adding unnecessary pressure can cause them to be easily damaged.
It’s common knowledge that nutrition and exercise lead to good health, but they must go hand-in-hand! Simply put: When you don’t eat well, you’re likely to be missing out on necessary nutrients. And there are various vitamins that are important to keep your eyes healthy, like Vitamin A which is found in carrots and Omega-3s found in fish and nuts. Eating poorly not only contributes to weight gain, but if our eyes aren’t getting the vitamins they need, it will cause them to feel tired and even focusing can sometimes become difficult.
As you work toward your weight goal, physical activity and exercise is crucial. There are numerous benefits associated with the proper amount of activity, and now new research suggests that it also helps to protect our eyes as we age. It is said that those covering more miles and time with aerobic activities like running or biking, had a lesser likelihood of developing eye diseases with age. Also, engaging in aerobic exercises can considerably reduce inner-eye pressure.
If you prefer to lift weights over cardio, be cautious. Weight lifting is excellent for physical strength, and health overall, but only if done with the right training—and in moderation. A study reported that while aerobic exercises typically decrease ocular pressure, lifting weights without breathing properly increases ocular pressure. Though this build-up of pressure is temporary, it can actually damage eyes over time. When lifting weights, be sure you are using a breathing technique to ensure you aren’t putting necessary pressure on our eyes.
Your body weight and vision quality are related! By maintaining a healthy weight, you’ll be on the right track to prevent vision problems as you age.
The content of this article is for general informational awareness purposes only. Please, consult your eye doctor or physician for actual advice.