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Exercise and How it can Positively Impact Your IOP

Exercise and How it can Positively Impact Your IOP

Created on: Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Author: Williamson Eye Center

Recent studies suggest that exercise can help to alleviate some eye pressure, which can potentially help if you have glaucoma. Now you might be thinking, “well, how much do I need to work out to get results?” The great thing is, you don't need to work out rigorously to see results. 

Studies show that you can lower your Intraocular Pressure (IOP) by doing exercises that raise your pulse only by 20%. You can raise your pulse by 20% by simply taking a 20 minute walk four times a week. Regular exercise might be helpful in preventing vision loss from glaucoma, but only an eye doctor can accurately assess your situation and tell you if exercise is helping you.

There are some forms of glaucoma, such as pigmentary glaucoma, that exercises do not have a positive affect on. In certain forms of glaucoma vigorous exercise can actually cause an increase in Intraocular Pressure.

While exercise can have benefits in lowering your Intraocular Pressure, you should consult with an eye care physician to know if it is the right decision for you. Exercise is great for your overall health, but can not be treated as a substitute for glaucoma medication designed to lower your IOP.



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