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Can High Blood Pressure Cause Glaucoma?



High blood pressure may be a risk factor for glaucoma.

Glaucoma is caused by nerve damage to the optic nerve and in many cases is caused by intraocular pressure (IOP).  Some medical conditions appear to raise the risk of glaucoma including diabetes, migraine headaches, sleep apnea, nearsightedness, and high blood pressure.

Research has shown that regular exercise may help to reduce eye pressure as well as having a positive impact on high blood pressure.  In fact, glaucoma patients that exercised regularly for three months reduced their intraocular pressure by 20%.



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