Glaucoma is a common eye disorder in which abnormally high pressure inside the inner eye compress and damage the optic nerve, potentially resulting in blindness if the pressure cannot be effectively relieved. Higher physical fitness and more time spent exercising have proven in recent studies to be the single best way of decreasing the glaucoma risk. Physical fitness can decrease glaucoma risk by more than 40 percent, but about half of the American adults don’t get the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week.

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Key Takeaways:

  • Glaucoma is a condition in which pressure builds in the inner eye and damages the optic nerve.
  • About half of Americans fail to get the recommended 150 hours a week of physical activity.
  • The type of exercise you do is less significant to your glaucoma risk than the quantity, and even less than a full 150 hours has benefits compared to being sedentary.

“A new study has found that maintaining the recommended levels of physical activity lowers your risk of developing glaucoma by 40 to 50 percent.”

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