Studies have found that sleeping in the supine position may increase intraocular pressure by as much as 6mmHg. Since we spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping, this can significantly increase the risk of optic nerve damage in patients with advanced glaucoma.
According to this study, sleeping with two pillows, to elevate the head, decreases intraocular pressure by about 20% (approximately 3mmHg) from what it is in the supine position. This is a no cost solution that may make a difference in these glaucoma patients.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Exercise in glaucoma patients results in acutely lowered IOP and lower baseline IOP. The effects of exercise on the prevention of glaucoma and glaucomatous progression remain unknown. The role of exercise in glaucoma management should be investigated.
Posted by Dr. Kevin on September 25, 2009