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Study Finds Exercise May Reduce Risk of Glaucoma

British researchers found that higher levels of physical exercise may have a long-term beneficial impact on low ocular perfusion pressure, a risk factor for glaucoma, according to a UPI report.

The researchers including study author Dr. Paul J. Foster of the University College London Institute of Ophthalmology examined the relationship between physical activity and low ocular perfusion pressure (a risk factor for glaucoma) in 5,650 men and women age 48-90 who live in Britain. Participants completed questionnaires on health and lifestyle and were assessed for combined physical activity at work and during leisure time. Eye pressure was monitored regularly.

Results showed that moderate physical exercise over a 15-year period was associated with a 25 percent reduced risk.

Last reviewed on October 28, 2011

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