Eye Pressure

Research on how moods affect eye pressure

Submitted by dave on Sat, 12/18/2010 - 1:16pm

In an upcoming version of the FitEyes Insight software I hope to provide a very easy way to track moods along with eye pressure measurements. In preparation for that, I am working on a list of moods.

If those of us monitoring our own eye pressure at home want to correlate our moods with changes in our IOP, we will need some standardized definitions of moods.

How I first became aware that my ego could raise my eye pressure

Submitted by dave on Thu, 12/16/2010 - 12:24am

This is a story about my first clues into the role my ego played in my intraocular pressure fluctuations (and spikes). This happened in 2006 or 2007 after I had started self-tonometry and had been doing it long enough to see a clear relationship between stress and my eye pressure.

A long-time friend invited me to an informal dinner with a world-famous celebrity. I had met the celebrity previously and we got along fine. We shared a common interest in health topics, so the conversations were always interesting.

How important are nutrients like resveratrol in managing eye pressure?

Submitted by dave on Mon, 12/06/2010 - 10:07pm

Ellen Troyer and others had a nice conversation about resveratrol in the FitEyes.com mailing list. (I can post the whole conversation below if requested.) 

I enjoyed reading this conversation. There are lots of good points here. However, for me, the single most important statement was the one below by Ellen.

Since resveratrol is only one of the nutrients found in grapes and wine, it makes biological sense that it would be the most effective when presented with a balanced amount of other polyphenols molecules. 

Self-tonometry in Fuchs Uveitis Syndrome

Submitted by gerdre on Sun, 11/14/2010 - 2:31pm

A couple of weeks ago I suddenly suffered from high IOP on one eye, resulting from a 20 year affliction with Fuchs Uveitis Syndrome where glaucoma is known to be the main complication. The IOP was 40/10 but came down quickly with diamox and eyedrops (cosopt and xalatan) and the good news is that there is no damage to the optic nerve yet, according to my opthalmologist. Since the event IOP was monitored weekly, and turned out OK at 17/15 and 16/16. I have now been told to stop with medication and IOP will be checked again in a few days.

Anti-VEGF Therapies May Lead to Sustained Intraocular Pressure Spikes

Submitted by dave on Mon, 11/01/2010 - 4:28pm

Presented at AAO, Chicago

The use of intravitreal injections of vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitors (anti-VEGF) to treat diseases such as age-related "wet" macular degeneration (AMD), may also put some patients at risk of elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) and therefore at risk of vision loss due to glaucoma. According to data presented here October 17 at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), potentially dangerous increases in IOP have been seen in some patients who have had multiple injections of drugs such as bevacizumab and ranibizumab.

Eye glass prescription and elevated eye pressure

Submitted by roseann0461 on Wed, 10/13/2010 - 12:07pm

I was wearing the glasses with an incorrect prescription for the last few months and now when I went to the eye doctor, he said I am suspect for glaucoma due to slightly elevated eye pressure.  Can a bad eyeglass px cause this????


rolfing vs. glaucoma: good, bad, or unknown?

Submitted by tedjohnson on Thu, 10/07/2010 - 3:52pm

I came across an article about rolfing which makes it sound quite useful/healthy.


But the pain issue makes me suspicious that it may increase IOP.  Has anyone measured their IOP before/during/after rolfing?   And if you have and the results were positive, do you have any recommendations for those of us who have not rolfed?  Eg, are there any precautions, techniques to avoid, or techniques to request?


Permanently lowering eye pressure to 10 mm Hg in six months

Submitted by dave on Sat, 09/18/2010 - 12:23pm


I received the following response from a FitEyes reader on another topic. But his last comment prompted something I want to share with everyone. So please read on, starting with an edited excerpt from his comment that inspired me.

[I am on] on a six month trial doing alternate day fasting, twenty minute mindful meditative walks in nature twice a day, 30 minutes of aerobic exercise every other day, while detoxing with hexagonal water.

[I am] 10% persuaded that [I] will permanently lower [my] intraocular pressure to 10 mm Hg  in six months.

That last line really caught my attention. Here is my response:

meditative walk in nature

"Good Calories, Bad Calories" By Gary Taubes

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 09/04/2010 - 8:42am

I am reading "Good Calories, Bad Calories" By Gary Taubes right now. It is fascinating how bad research can become "good science" regarding fats and cholesterol! Of unexpected relevance to the FitEyes Insight eye pressure research for me at this time. I hope to keep my thinking clear and true, free of personality!


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