Find Out How Your Lifestyle Impacts Your Eye Health


Your lifestyle can affect your eye health more than you might think. The way you treat your body can have a significant impact on how well your eyes hold up over the years. In particular, there are certain behaviors which will greatly increase your chances of visual problems.

So let’s talk about some of the most important links between your lifestyle and your eye health.

How Your Actions Can Impact Your Vision

1 – Smoking

We don’t need to go into all the many reasons that it’s harmful to smoke. It’s one of the worst legal things a person can do to their body. However, many people don’t know that smoking is also linked to eye problems.

Smoking has been linked to increased macular degeneration (deteriorating eyesight) over the years, and smokers are also more likely to develop cataracts!

2 – Exercise

While exercise will not improve your vision, regular exercise can slow down vision loss over time. Good workouts increase bloodflow throughout your body, including your eyes. This helps prevent high blood pressure problems which can affect eyesight.

On the other hand, those who rarely exercise will be more prone to high blood pressure and related issues. They may also be more susceptible to diabetes, which can lead to a form of blindness called diabetic retinopathy.

3 – Screen time

We all spend a lot of time staring at computer and phone screens, which can cause eye health issues as well. At a basic level, you tend to blink less while staring at screens, which can lead to dry eyes, as well as headaches from eye fatigue.

Some studies have also linked extreme screen time to increased myopia (short-sightedness), particularly among younger children whose eyes are still developing.

This is why it’s strongly recommended to take regular 10-15 minute breaks when looking at screens for too long. This gives your eyes a chance to rest, and reduces the chances of damage.

4 – Pregnancy

Many expectant mothers experience a change in their vision. In short, the hormones from pregnancy can cause a change in how much fluid is in your eyes, which in turn changes your eyes’ focal length. This change in shape may also make it difficult to wear contacts while pregnant.

Fortunately, these changes are almost always temporary, and should revert as you recover after childbirth.

Valley Eyecare Center are your Arizona eye care experts! Please contact us for more information on maintaining your health, or for your yearly checkup.