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Neckties May Increase Glaucoma Risk


Wearing a tight necktie may increase the risk for glaucoma by elevating pressure within the eye, according to a study in the August issue of the British Journal of Ophthalmology The finding, by researchers at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, should remind clinicians that patients wearing tight ties during an eye exam may have elevated pressure readings and risk for glaucoma, said Rabia Gurses-Ozden, co-author of the paper.

Eye pressure was measured in 20 glaucoma patients and 20 healthy participants, all men, at three points:

After tightening the tie, the majority of men in both groups experienced an increase in eye pressure to extents that may be clinically significant.

But Eve Higginbotham, chair of the department of ophthalmology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, cautioned against implicating tight ties in the development of glaucoma because high eye pressure is only one of several risk factors for the disease, because not everyone with high pressure develops glaucoma and because many with the disease have normal pressure.

Wearing a tight tie all day may be a concern for people with glaucoma but most likely won't be for healthy individuals, Higginbotham said.

Source: Julie Ishida, www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A19319-2003Aug4.html?referrer=emailarticle  

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