Topic: Australian Research about Glaucoma mentions playing oboe
Do you feel oboists/bassoonists have an increased risk of developing glaucoma???
"The researchers of the study warn that the risk might be higher for routine activities carried out for long periods, like wearing goggles while swimming lengths, playing a high wind-resistant instrument like a trumpet, oboe, French horn or bassoon, especially on high-pitched notes. These activities can lead to more than two-fold eye pressure."
Everyday activities may cause glaucoma: Study
by Neelam Goswami
Published on October 30, 2008 - 0 comments
Sydney, Australia, October 30: A new Australian study has found that some routine activities like wearing swim goggles, sleeping face down or doing a gym workout may put a person at an increased risk of developing potentially devastating eye diseases like glaucoma and short-sightedness.
Researchers from University of New South Wales (UNSW), School of Optometry and Vision Science have found that yoga head stands, swimming, or playing a musical instrument may stir risk of glaucoma that damages the optic nerve and leads to blindness.
"The fluid pressure inside the eye increases - or spikes - during many everyday activities," said Charles McMonnies, a professor at the UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science. "Eye rubbing, yoga head stands, weightlifting, sleeping face down, playing instruments like the trumpet and swimming laps are some of the many ways of causing eye pressure spikes."
"Pressure spikes are fine if you have healthy eyes. But all the people out there with these conditions, and so many others at risk of them, can be negatively affected, and many don’t know it," he added.
Prof. McMonnies said any touching of the eye through the eyelids raises pressure. According to him, light touch slightly increases the spike but firm touch can cause a spike three to five times the normal pressure.
To reach their findings, Prof. McMonnies and colleagues analyzed the effects of eye rubbing and compared the pressure effects with other activities. The researchers found that eye rubbing caused the biggest spike, raising pressure to ten times the normal levels.
Even wiping a watery eye and removing eye make-up may increase eye pressure, partly because they combine the effects of eye closure and rubbing forces on the eye thus raising pressure.
The researchers of the study warn that the risk might be higher for routine activities carried out for long periods, like wearing goggles while swimming lengths, playing a high wind-resistant instrument like a trumpet, oboe, French horn or bassoon, especially on high-pitched notes. These activities can lead to more than two-fold eye pressure.
In addition, weight-lifting from a bench, sit-ups on a slant board or upside down poses in yoga also gives rise to eye pressure, the study warns. Professor McMonnies said that sleeping face down was another major contributor to the progression of pressure-related eye diseases.
The researchers advise that by avoiding sleeping with the eyes in contact with a pillow or sleep mask may help to slow the progression of pressure-sensitive eye diseases like glaucoma that affects mainly elderly people and can lead to blindness and rapidly increasing myopiadefine, or short-sightedness. Rarer pressure-related conditions include keratoconus, or conical corneadefine, said the UNSW study that has been published in the journal Optometry and Vision Science.