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August 1991

Exercise Training Reduces Intraocular Pressure Among Subjects Suspected of Having Glaucoma

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology (Dr Passo) and the Human Performance Laboratory, Division of General Medicine (Drs Goldberg and Elliot), Oregon Health Sciences University, the Department of Ophthalmology, Portland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Dr Passo), and Devers Eye Institute, Good Samaritan Hospital (Dr Van Buskirk), Portland.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1991;109(8):1096-1098. doi:10.1001/archopht.1991.01080080056027

• The effect of exercise conditioning on elevated intraocular pressure has not been previously described among sedentary individuals. We prospectively observed intraocular pressure for nine sedentary subjects suspected of having glaucoma before and after 3 months of aerobic exercise training. Mean (±SEM) aerobic capacity, as assessed by maximal oxygen uptake, increased 6.3±1.6 mL·kg-1·min 1 (30%) (P<.02). Mean intraocular pressure decreased 4.6±0.4 mm Hg (20%) (P<.001) at the end of the conditioning period. With cessation of exercise and subsequent detraining, intraocular pressure returned to elevated preconditioning levels by 3 weeks. Regular aerobic exercise is associated with a reduction in elevated intraocular pressure and may represent an effective nonpharmacologic intervention for patients suspected of having glaucoma.

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