intraocular pressure

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????


Correlation of IOP and Blood Pressure

Submitted by johnc on Wed, 09/01/2010 - 9:19pm

My blood pressure has moved up significantly and my eye pressure went up as well. The doctor visits were less than a week apart. My research on the Internet shows that there are correlations between the two. Any thoughts??


Surely its perfectly normal for eye pressure to go up and down

Submitted by dave on Sat, 05/08/2010 - 9:54am

surely its perfectly normal for eye pressure to go up under certain circumstances. Just like our bp goes up and down. anne


stress and intraocular pressureWe now know that intraocular pressure does respond to events in our lives, to our state of mind and emotions and to stress. However, before FitEyes came along in 2006 (and for several years afterwards) these facts were not recognized.

See this FitEyes article from Feb 2007:

The standard medical opinion is that stress does not affect eye pressure (intraocular pressure). For example, see "Glaucoma - Frequently Asked Questions" at The Eye Institute states:

"As far as we know, stress does not affect eye pressure or the health of the optic nerve."

Another example of the prevailing medical opinion can be found in a Wills Glaucoma chat transcript on Stress and Glaucoma from July 20, 2005:

Patient:  Does being nervous or stressed increase the IOP (intraocular pressure) as it does blood pressure?

Dr. Elliot Werner:  Not as far as we know.

Even today many ophthalmologists will deny that stress affects intraocular pressure. They will further deny that non-stressful events such as Bailey described could affect eye pressure.

How emotions affect eye pressure--Excitement

Submitted by dave on Fri, 05/07/2010 - 10:41pm

Excitement of winningI learned about emotions and eye pressure, in part, by watching my favorite sports and measuring my eye pressure over a period of years. See Watching Tour de France Raises IOP

Here is what I discovered after monitoring my eye pressure before, during and after watching sports over a period of several years.

  • If you watch a sports event that you don't care about at all, it has almost no effect on your eye pressure.
  • If you watch a sports event where your ego is caught up in the outcome of the event (i.e., you are attached to an outcome, such as your team should win) the excitement will raise your IOP.
  • If you watch a sports event where you appreciate the action, enjoy the skill of the participants, etc. and are not attached to the outcome, your intraocular pressure will be largely unaffected.


I need some way of measuring my nocturnal eye pressure

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 05/05/2010 - 8:45am

measuring eye pressure while sleepingI need some way of measuring my nocturnal pressures. My daytime measurements are reasonably low most of the time, and relatively consistent. I want to start adjusting my medications (formulations, frequency, timing), but don't feel confident in doing this until I can take night time measurements.

I know this is a concern for just about everyone who has glaucoma. I'm surprised there isn't more discussion on FitEyes about how to take night time measurements, and how to interpret the data (I'm pretty sure I've read all that's there).

seeking explanation for my high eye pressure

Submitted by fitayes on Tue, 05/04/2010 - 1:20pm

hi my names robert, im from the uk, im 27 years old and have lived with ocd since i was about 14 years old.  For some months i had been dealing with chronic hyperventilation  which stressed me badly to the point where i felt that i could have had a break down due to the stress and took medication such as prozac, diazepam (only when i needed it) and went to a physiotherapist to help get my breathing back to normal.

List of all the things that affect eye pressure

Submitted by dave on Fri, 04/23/2010 - 12:30am

I'd like to ask everyone with a tonometer and good eye pressure data to contribute comments to this post. What factors have we identified that affect eye pressure? I'm going to start the list informally with things that come off the top of my head. I'll revise and refine this list based on feedback from people with tonometers and good data. Thank you!

Reduces Eye Pressure

Are herbs effective for lowering eye pressure?

Submitted by dave on Thu, 04/22/2010 - 8:16pm

My original expectation was that elevated intraocular pressure would respond to herbs (and vitamins) in the same way every other physical complaint I had encountered in my life responded.

My initial strategy for managing my IOP was a strategy built on herbs and supplements. That strategy was a complete 100% total failure.


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