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 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. 

morning pressure

Submitted by bethhusman on Mon, 11/22/2010 - 8:14am

I was wondering if those doing self-tonometry might be able to answer a question for me?  If I go with the general assumption that pressures are highest in the morning upon arising, how long does it usually take for the pressures to drop?  Is there an initial drop just minutes with a gradual tapering, or does it drop when a person stands and begins walking around?  I have tried to exercise immediately upon arising with the hopes of reducing the overall length of time that the pressure is high.  Thanks for the help.

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.

in need of a Glaucoma Specialist

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 11/01/2010 - 11:51am

Hello Sir,

I'm a resident of Saudi Arabia and was in need of a Glaucoma Specialist since a long time. My father is suffering from acute glaucoma and has been operated twice but the intraocular pressure is constantly increasing 26-28. He is a diabetic, suffering from hypertension, and has completely lost one of his eye vision.

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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

Non-pharmaceutical medications and approaches to glaucoma (all articles)

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Submitted by rritch on Wed, 09/15/2010 - 9:33am

The blog post contains several articles. Keep scrolling down past the references at the end of each article to read the next article.

Section Leaders: Makoto Araie, Robert Ritch, Clement Tham

Contributors: Makoto Aihara, Aiko Iwase, Sandra Fernando, Michael S Kook, Simon Law, Robert Nussenblatt, Vincenzo Parisi, Nathan Radcliffe, Douglas Rhee, Kwok-Fai So, Raymond Chuen-Chung CHANG, He Wei, Lori Ventura

Consensus points

  • Plant extracts have been used medicinally throughout history. Every society has plants used medicinally
  • Even dogs eat grass when sick, while chimpanzees consume a variety of non-food plants medicinally. This is learned behavior
  • Our modern pharmacopoiea of drugs were originally synthesized from plants used medicinally. These include vitamin C, digitalis, penicillin, and pilocarpine.
  • Chinese traditional medicine in its written form dates back 5000 years.
  • Technically speaking, vitamins fall into this category. We depend on essential vitamins from food for survival. There is a fine line between nutrition and medicinal uses of plants.
  • It was only in the 20th century, with the advent of single molecule products synthesized and patented by pharmaceutical companies and U.S. medical school philosophiesthat other non-pharmaceutical traditional medications came under attack, leading often to their being ridiculed and held in contempt.Thus, in order to get away from this view, we prefer the term “non-pharmaceutical therapy” to “alternative” or “complementary”
  • Many available natural compounds used as “non-pharmaceutical therapy” have been reported to show beneficial effects on circulation, the immune system, and neuroprotective activities in vitro and in vivo.
  • The mechanism of action of neuroprotection most common to natural compounds is antioxidant/free radical scavenging activity. However, many other actions are present and some extracts, such as Gingko biloa and curcumin have widespread activity on a number of enzyme systems.
  • Comment: Some of these compounds reportedly modify expression of enzymes relating to excitotoxicity, apoptosis, inflammation, lipid peroxidation, or immune stimulation. Some of these compounds have undergone clinical trials to evidence their effects on systemic diseases, including neurodegenerative disorders.

my approach to glaucoma: HRT (Heidelberg) shows improvement of the eye nerve

Submitted by robekb on Thu, 09/09/2010 - 1:12pm

There was a big surprise for me as I have had today my eye HRT exam. I decided to do the HRT after two months after the recent test as I was curious whether there was any effect from the changes which I have seen in my IOPs (which originated about two months ago).

Quite unexpectedly for me the scan of my eye nerve is, I believe, showing improvement. I haven't discussed this with my doc yet as I have a scheduled visit for next month. BTW my state today when taking the eye exam was far from perfect: I had higher than usual IOP due to a nasty cold and stuffed sinuses.


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