Yoga and Glaucoma

We are into the New Year and many people make resolutions to exercise more. One of the things people may want to try out is Yoga as it will help with stress and balance. However, if you have glaucoma, please be aware of 4 poses that may increase intraocular pressure (IOP).

There was a new study that which found that head down poses increased IOP within a minute of doing the pose. The poses that people need to make sure that they do not do too much of are:

  • Downward facing dog

  • Forward-bend

  • Plow

  • Legs up the wall

The downward facing dog posed increased IOP the most, but there was an increase in IOP for all four poses. More research needs to be done to understand long term effects.


If you have any particular concerns, reach out to the optometrists at the Bixby Eye Center in Peoria, Illinois. They will be more than happy to help make sure you are not overextending your eye sight by performing yoga.


Top image by Flickr user Matt Madd used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.


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