As we age it is common to suffer from certain eye conditions such as, cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. It has been suggested, and recently verified, that increasing the blood flow within our bodies can help stave off some of these ailments. As we get older blood flow naturally decreases due to the dwindling levels of hormones like estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone. Women of a menopausal age often taken hormone replacements to replace the lack of estrogen. Recently in a a few studies it was found that the women who took estrogen were less likely to develop certain eye conditions. It is well known blood flow keeps our bodies healthy longer due to the increased oxygen in the blood. To make up for these hormone losses as we age we need to be sure we are staying healthy and our bodies are in shape and well preserved.
- The physiology of the eye, its health or disease state, also depends on the equilibrium of the several hormones that may affect its condition.
- Thyroid hormones affect the eye in several ways. Hyperthyroidism causes eye globe proptosis and eyelid retraction, resulting in impaired blinking, uneven tear film distribution.
- Hormones play an important role, since it is known that their balance is an individual signature, and their production depends on environment, age and disease.
“While the effects of hormones on the eyes is under-researched, the overall benefits of a heart-healthy lifestyle are clear. Keeping your vascular system in tip-top shape reduces the risk of heart disease and associated damage.”