• Does scuba diving or snorkeling cause glaucoma?


    Question:

    Does scuba diving or snorkeling cause glaucoma?


    Answer:

    Scuba diving and snorkeling do not cause glaucoma. Scuba diving may be risky if you already are being treated for glaucoma and is dangerous if you have had a glaucoma filtering surgery. The changes in pressure inside your diving mask as you descend can cause bleeding and severe damage in an eye with a glaucoma filter. Snorkeling generally involves less risk. Patients with glaucoma should discuss these risks with their ophthalmologist before snorkeling or diving.


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