Eye disease: Exercise may prevent glaucoma

The glaucoma is an insidious disease. It often goes unnoticed for a long time, so that the optic nerve continues to suffer. A study gives an indication of how to reduce the risk

The risk of glaucoma can be reduced with exercise

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Those who regularly do sports and are on the move may prevent the eye disease glaucoma. This is reported by the German Ophthalmological Society (DOG) with reference to the results of a study on more than 9500 women and men between the ages of 40 and 81 years.

Better blood circulation through exercise

From the point of view of the ophthalmologist Prof. Hagen Thieme, this effect is entirely plausible. According to the DOG specialist, endurance sports such as cycling or running temporarily lowered intraocular pressure. In athletic people, the optic nerve head is better supplied with blood. Among other things, these are factors that could explain why those who are physically active are less likely to develop glaucoma.

It is unclear whether exercise might also help to stop an existing illness. The specialist society emphasizes that this has not yet been adequately investigated.

Green star is the leading cause of blindness

Too high intraocular pressure is one of the risk factors for glaucoma, as the glaucoma is also called. The disease is incurable and often goes unnoticed for a long time. The damage can only be limited through medication, therapy or surgery. The earlier the diagnosis is made, the more the optic nerve can save. The risk of disease increases with age.

According to the DOG, around one million people in Germany have glaucoma. He is one of the most common causes of blindness.