How can I exercise safely if I have retina disease?

Exercise prescription will depend on the clearance given by your physician. More often than not, you best form of exercise will be in the form of cardiovascular activity. Lifting heavy weight and taking part in contact sports may put you at harm of bursting blood vessels. You may be able to take part in jogging or biking but might be prescribed to just complete brisk walking.

Dr. Jack Merendino, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Sudden or severe increases in blood pressure inside the eye can cause vessels to rupture, worsening retinopathy. If you have significant retinopathy, do not lift heavy weights because this will cause the pressure in those vessels to increase. You should also avoid contact sports because of the risk of retinal detachment. Aerobic physical activities are usually fine, but your doctor may recommend brisk walking rather than running or jogging because of the jarring that can occur, possibly causing the delicate retinal blood vessels to leak blood or fluid.
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