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weight lifting question for glaucoma patient

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 08/05/2009 - 6:52pm

weight liftingHi,
I just found your blog -- it is quite interesting. I have pigmentary glaucoma diagnosed ten years ago.

I read your posts on weight lifting. I understand that the bench press was implicated for some as correlated with an IOP spike. My question is... what about an INCLINE or STANDING press, where the head is well above horizontal? Does that also cause an IOP rise or not?

Thank you,

Intraocular Pressure Vairation During Weight Lifting

Submitted by Agnes on Tue, 07/14/2009 - 6:43pm

Intraocular pressure (IOP) is the leading cause for developing Glaucoma, a vision impairment that can lead to partial or full vision loss. Studies made in recent years have shown a significant increase in pressure within the eye when weightlifting or performing isometric exercise. This leads to the question: Can weightlifting lead to eye problems?

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Weight Training Continues to Lower My Eye Pressure

Submitted by dave on Fri, 02/02/2007 - 5:41pm


I haven't blogged much about my daily eye pressure records lately. However, I am continuing to collect data and work with my medical team. As of right now we have recorded 16,785 intraocular pressure measurements over 205 days. In the last 47 days my eye pressure has consistently been under 15 during the day. The most interesting (and fruitful) research seemed to be related to my eye pressure during the night.

Weight Lifting Lowers My Eye Pressure

Submitted by dave on Mon, 11/06/2006 - 3:14pm

Exercise As little as 5 or 10 minutes of weight lifting gives me a post-exercise effect that results in reduced eye pressure after the workout.

The weight lifting doesn't have to be super intense, but it can't be too easy either. There have been a few studies that have looked at this effect in the past. Here are some (but not all) of the links:

Effects of Different Intensities of Exercise on Intraocular Pressure

The effect of continuous strenuous exercise on intraocular pressure

The effect of exercise on intraocular pressure (pdf)

In my experience, a short weight lifting program often brings my eye pressure down to around 14 or 15 (or less). Sometimes the effect is not very dramatic. For example, if my eye pressure is around 17, the workout might bring it down to 15. Other times, the post workout effect is fairly impressive. Here are some examples:

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