Eye Pressure

Kindness As A Tool for Managing Eye Pressure

Submitted by dave on Wed, 01/20/2010 - 1:26pm

Yesterday I saw some discussions that reminded me of the profound discovery I made several years ago in my own intraocular pressure data. I observed, time and time again, that simply disagreeing with another individual in an online forum would raise my intraocular pressure. (This effect does not require arguing -- simply disagreeing in a polite manner is often enough.) This is a universal phenomenon.

Vitamin help for glaucoma and elevated eye pressure

Submitted by Agnes on Tue, 09/29/2009 - 5:19pm

Glaucoma is an eyesight ailment characterized by an increase of pressure of the fluid within the eyeball.  This increased pressure causes abnormal changes in the optic nerve and defects in the field of vision.

Is there a specialist that will allow me to self monitor my eye pressure?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 09/12/2009 - 9:41am

glaucoma specialist Hi,

I emailed you awhile ago about self-tonometry and am again interested after reading these messages here on FitEyes.com.

I have mixed gluacoma: some optic nerve cupping on both eyes. My doctor keeps recommending surgery in my left eye, but I do not want to go with that option yet.

Is there a specialist you know of in [my city] that will allow me to self monitor my eye pressure?

Score Another One for Self-Tonometry

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 09/08/2009 - 11:59am

Well, I’ve had another interesting observation.

For the past several years, I’ve been taking my prostaglandin analogue, Travatan Z, at night right before going to bed as directed by my ophthalmologist.  However, having been startled by the high levels of my nocturnal IOP, I started researching ways to lower it.  

glucosamine chondroitin and intraocular pressure

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 09/03/2009 - 11:19pm

Author’s Note:  I have been practicing self-tonometry now for about three weeks with a Reichert 7 NCT.

For the past 9 years, I have been supplementing with glucosamine chondroitin to ward off joint issues due to an intense daily exercise regimen.  I’ll never know for sure whether this supplement works as advertised since I began taking it as a preventative measure and to this day do not suffer from joint pain.  However, when I read recently on the internet that chondroitin can possibly make matters worse for glaucoma patients, I dropped the supplement overnight and did not wean myself off it.  This action may have led to the unintended result which I describe below.

Self-tonometry in glaucoma management--past, present and future

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 09/01/2009 - 9:00pm

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world. Diagnosis and management of glaucoma is significantly associated with intraocular pressure, but contemporary office-based measurements are not sufficient to discover diurnal changes and spikes, nor do they demonstrate the effect of medication and compliance. Patient-directed self-tonometry can be taken throughout the day and is therefore the subject of much discussion and research. In this article we review the history of self-tonometry devices and present technologies for the future.
Surv Ophthalmol. 2009 Jul-Aug;54(4):450-62.
Liang SY, Lee GA, Shields D.
City Eye Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Relationship of Incident Glaucoma versus Physical Activity and Fitness in Male Runners

Submitted by dave on Mon, 08/17/2009 - 1:47pm

runningPurpose: To assess the dose-response relationship of vigorous physical activity (running distance, km·d-1) or cardiorespiratory fitness (meters-per-second pace during a 10-km footrace) to the risk for incident glaucoma.

Conclusions: These data provide preliminary evidence that vigorous physical activity may reduce glaucoma risk, which, in the absence of medical record validation, could represent ocular hypertension in addition to frank glaucoma. Additional follow-up with validation is needed to identify the type of glaucoma affected.

See full text article attached.


Omega-3 Fatty Acids Lower Eye Pressure

Submitted by dave on Sun, 08/16/2009 - 9:15pm

Read the summary of University of Melbourne's Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences study on an association between dietary omega-3 fatty acid intake, age, and intraocular pressure. Another proof of beneficial effect of taking fish oil to strengthen and support healthy eyes and vision.

Aerobic exercise and intraocular pressure in normotensive and glaucoma patients

Submitted by dave on Fri, 08/14/2009 - 2:31pm


With the increasing number of people participating in physical aerobic exercise, jogging in particular, we considered that it would be worth knowing if there are should be limits to the exercise with regard to the intraocular pressure (IOP) of the eyes. The purpose of this study is to check IOP in healthy and primary glaucoma patients after aerobic exercise.



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