Can yoga worsen glaucoma?
Both normal and glaucoma study participants showed a rise in IOP that in all four yoga positions that occurred within one to two minutes of beginning the pose with the greatest increase of pressure occurring during downward facing dog. Although there was a little difference between the two groups, study authors encourage patients to use caution and also recommend further research into the effect of yoga on eye pressure.
Since elevated eye pressure is a known risk for the development and progression of nerve damage to the eye, even transient increase in eye pressure over long periods of time can potentially be harmful. All inverted head posture asanas such as Sirsasana, Sarvangasana, Chakrasana and Mastyasana are preferably avoided. Other yogic practices that may increase the intraocular pressure like Kapalabhati pranayama (breathing exercises) and vamana dhouti (gastric cleansing) are also to be avoided. If you have glaucoma or are at risk, discuss with your yoga instructor to allow for modifications of the yoga poses without compromising the health of your optic nerve.
- Dr Nilanjana Deb Joardar
Retina & Glaucoma
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