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    No strategies exist to lower glaucoma risk; healthy habits offer starting point

     

    Two habits to avoid

    Dr. Pasquale also shared two habits to avoid to lower one’s risk for glaucoma. First, although a small or moderate amount of coffee consumption is okay, drinking a large amount on a regular basis appears to raise the risk for glaucoma.

    Second, inverted head postures as performed in yoga are probably not a good idea. “IOPs measured during these postures have been documented to be quite high,” Dr. Pasquale. “There are plenty of other yoga exercises that people could benefit from that are not associated with such marked increase in IOP.”

    Sharing these recommendations with patients can be a response to their strong interest in doing something to help control their disease or modify their disease risk, Dr. Pasquale said. However, with all the different forms of glaucoma, the strategies may not work for everyone.

    Louis R. Pasquale, MD, FARVO

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    This article was adapted from a presentation that Dr. Pasquale delivered during Glaucoma Subspecialty Day held prior to the 2017 American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting. Dr. Pasquale has no financial disclosures relevant to his presentation.

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