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Exercises to prevent Glaucoma

Glaucoma

Dr Harsh
Dr Harsh
4 min read

You can save your eyes from chronic ailments by getting regular eye treatments. Have you heard of glaucoma? It is an eye disease that is caused by increased eye pressure, which eventually leads to loss of vision. Since this eye disorder shows no early signs and has a painless nature, it is also termed as “Silent Thief of Vision”. Frequent follow-ups and constant monitoring are required to slow down the progression of glaucoma. There is no doubt that exercises are crucial for overall good health. Likewise, specific exercises and yoga might help in lowering the eye pressure in the eyes.

Common Symptoms Of Glaucoma

  • Seeing colourful halo rings around bulbs
  • Headaches
  • A constant complaint of redness in eyes and pain
  • Slow degradation of the side vision
  • Reduced vision in low light conditions
  • Pain around eyes when you come into light from the darkness

Ways To Prevent Glaucoma Naturally

There are some lifestyle and home remedies one should follow to keep glaucoma at bay. These tips can control eye pressure and promote eye health:

  • Eat a healthy diet:

    Several nutrients and vitamins are vital to eye health, including zinc, selenium, copper, antioxidant vitamins C, E, and A. Hence, one should eat a healthy diet.

  • Limit your caffeine:

    Drinks with a high amount of caffeine and too much alcohol consumption increases the eye pressure, try to curb the intake of such fluids.

  • Exercise safely:

    You can follow an appropriate exercise program that is considered good for the eyes.

  • Sip fluids frequently:

    Drinking high quantities of any liquid within a short period may temporarily increase eye pressure. So, have moderate amounts of fluids at any given point of time.

  • Take prescribed medicine:

    If you are suffering from glaucoma, then follow the medication, including eye drops as advised by the doctor. Put drops precisely as prescribed. Otherwise, it could damage your optic nerve.

  • Relaxation:

    Stress may trigger an attack of acute angle-closure glaucoma. Hence meditation can always prove to be a great help in keeping your mind and body relaxed.

Exercises That Help Prevent Glaucoma

Aerobic exercise:

Do aerobic exercise 3-4 times in a week for a minimum of 25 minutes. Few activities that can be :

  • Swimming
  • Jogging
  • Riding a bike
  • Taking Zumba classes
  • Walking
  • Using an elliptical machine

There are some specific exercises that can raise the risk of glaucoma. These involve straining or bearing down (anaerobic exercise) and has the exact opposite effect. They raise eye pressure and increase the risk of developing glaucoma. Avert from doing any activity in which you’re upside down, or your head is below your heart.

Try to avoid anaerobic exercises if you have symptoms of glaucoma, including:

  • Sprinting while running, biking or swimming
  • Situps and pullups
  • Weightlifting

There are some yoga poses as well that incorporate inversion. Like forearm balance, handstands, wall T stands, dolphin pose etc. One should avoid them if symptoms of glaucoma are persistent.

Are you looking forward to starting a new exercise plan? Or have you been experiencing any of the symptoms of glaucoma lately? If so, it is recommended that you clarify which exercises are safe for your eyes from an experienced glaucoma specialist. Centre For Sight is a leading eye hospital network that has a country-wide presence with 47 facilities all over India. It offers a comprehensive suite of diagnostic and surgical eye care procedures, serving patients of all age groups. We have a panel of experienced glaucoma specialists specializing in and providing advanced glaucoma treatment.