Keeping Eye Pressure Low

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Eyes in good health produce aqueous humor continuously and should produce equal amounts for drainage, thus creating an equilibrium in production and drainage in order to maintain stable pressure in both eyes.

Glaucoma causes eye pressure to rise to dangerously high levels, leading to optic nerve damage and visual field loss. While everyone’s eye pressure goals differ, various approaches exist that may help lower it naturally.

Drink Plenty of Water

Eyes produce clear fluid known as aqueous humor to keep them moist and healthy, but in order to maintain normal eye pressure levels, production must match drainage. When this balance is disrupted, pressure builds up inside the eye damaging optic nerve fibers leading to glaucoma. Drinking plenty of water may help maintain safe levels inside one’s own eye.

Tonometers or slit lamps can provide painless and quick measurements of eye pressure. Doctors also typically measure optic nerve and visual field measurements in order to check for signs of glaucoma such as blind spots in peripheral vision; in most cases glaucoma diagnosis is confirmed when high eye pressure, optic nerve damage, and vision loss all coexist simultaneously.

Some individuals develop glaucoma even though their eye pressure falls within what’s considered a “normal” range (usually less than 21 mm Hg). This condition, known as low- or normal-tension glaucoma, could be the result of abnormally sensitive optic nerves or reduced blood flow to the eye resulting in higher eye pressure than usual.

An unexpected increase in eye pressure accompanied by pain and nausea is an urgent medical situation and must be treated quickly. It could be due to blockage in the drainage angle of the eye; left untreated it could result in blindness.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Eat a diet packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to maintain eye health. Eating more vegetables, citrus fruit, and other nutrient-rich foods will be helpful.

Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, and tuna contain Omega 3 fatty acids and nitric oxide, both of which help regulate blood flow to the eye. Include these fish as part of your weekly meal plan to maintain optimal eye health.

Vitamin C, an effective antioxidant, has also been proven to lower eye pressure. A recent trial demonstrated this with high doses of vitamin C significantly lowering pressure among people living with open-angle glaucoma.(7) Try incorporating this powerful vitamin into your morning smoothie or salad and include citrus fruits like oranges and lemons for additional vitamin C boost. Nuts such as walnuts, almonds and pistachios are great sources of both omega 3s and vitamin E and should also be eaten between meals as an afternoon snack snack.

Involve in Physical Activity

Your eyes produce and circulate an aqueous humor to maintain healthy and moist conditions within. As more fluid is produced by your eyes, an equal amount must leave via drainage to maintain balance in production and drainage – to prevent eye pressure becoming too high and damaging optic nerve fibers and leading to glaucoma. On a routine eye exam, your doctor measures intraocular pressure (IOP), commonly referred to as IOP, using an instrument known as a tonometer. Your eye is first numbed with drops before placing a probe against the surface of your cornea for measurement; some tonometers even release puffs of air into your eye’s surface! A normal measurement for intraocular pressure should fall under 21 mmHg but can fluctuate throughout the day and hour – thus making a single test insufficient to detect signs of glaucoma diagnosis.

As much as high eye pressure is often linked to glaucoma, low or normal-tension glaucoma may also develop even if pressure in their eye appears “normal.” This typically happens due to either an abnormally sensitive optic nerve or reduced blood flow caused by atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

Studies demonstrate the many benefits of regular physical exercise on eye blood circulation and reduce glaucoma risk, but resistance exercises like isometric exercises should be approached with caution as resistance training may cause sudden intraocular pressure changes; one study reported resistance training caused an instantaneous IOP increase, yet returned back to baseline levels within 10 seconds; another demonstrated how intensity of aerobic exercise affects IOP; high intensity exercises led to significant IOP decline compared to restful rest periods.

Reduce Stress

Maintaining low eye pressure is key to managing glaucoma effectively. Although glaucoma is a progressive condition that eventually results in vision loss, patients can slow its progression by keeping an eye on their eye pressure levels and following treatment plans recommended by an ophthalmologist. Ticho Eye Associates serves patients in Chicago Ridge, Tinley Park and Munster using advanced technology and techniques for diagnosing and treating all forms of glaucoma.

Your eyes produce fluid called aqueous humor to maintain healthy eye conditions, but for maximum effect it must match what drains off as fluid production exceeds drainoff. Otherwise, excess pressure could build up due to overproduction or blocked drainage and damage the optic nerve, leading to glaucoma.

As there is no known cure for glaucoma, effective management and surgical treatments can help manage its symptoms to protect vision loss. Your ophthalmologist may prescribe medications or suggest filtering surgery (in which an opening is made in the white part of your eye known as the sclera). In other cases, drainage tubes may also be utilized.

An alternative holistic approach can reduce eye pressure more effectively while eliminating its side effects, according to a new study. 60 patients suffering from ocular hypertension were divided into two groups; one received daily hour-long mindfulness-based stress reduction sessions while the other waitedlisted and watched, both groups experiencing decreased intraocular pressure with the first group reporting an improved quality of life (QOL).

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