Emotional stress and resistance training each caused a persistent rise in intraocular pressure (IOP) in open-angle glaucoma patients and glaucoma suspects, report researchers who used 24-hour telemetric monitoring to observe the effect of daily activities on IOP.1 The researchers caution, however, against drawing firm clinical recommendations from this small, exploratory study.
“The important message this study conveys is that IOP is far from static,” said Kaweh Mansouri, MD, at Montchoisi Clinic in Lausanne, Switzerland. “IOP is highly dynamic and appears to be significantly affected by a wide range of day-to-day activities and lifestyle habits.”
MINIMAL IMPACT? IOP rose slightly during cycling and walking.
First of its kind. At the University of California, San Diego, 41 patients were fitted in one eye with a Triggerfish contact lens sensor (CLS; Sensimed), which continuously records subtle fluctuations in ocular volume.
They were then instructed to return to their standard daily activities for a 24-hour period. This protocol was repeated twice.
During the 24-hour time periods, the participants recorded the start and end times of their activities. Baseline was defined as CLS measurements taken 30 to 60 minutes prior to each event. Then IOP-related fluctuations were observed for 120 minutes from the start of each event.
The study yielded 40 relevant events from 22 CLS recordings of 14 patients. The most surprising finding was the persistent effect of certain activities on IOP, Dr. Mansouri said.
IOP fluctuations by activity. Recorded events were divided into five types of activities by the researchers (other kinds of activity were disregarded):
- Resistance training. This caused a rise in IOP-related profile from the onset of training through 120 minutes after the person stopped lifting weights.
- Emotional stress. This was associated with a gradual elevation of the IOP-related profile from the start of the stressful stimulus; both early and late variations in IOP were statistically significant.
- Walking/cycling. This caused a small, but significant, elevation of the IOP-related profile during the activity, followed by a nonsignificant decrease.
- Yoga/meditation. This caused a sustained, but not significant, drop in the IOP-related profile through to 120 minutes.
- Alcohol intake. Consumption of alcohol was associated with an initial significant decrease in IOP. Subsequent variations were not significant.
Toward personalized care. “Recent studies have suggested IOP fluctuations may play an independent role in the pathophysiology of glaucoma,” said coauthor Kevin Gillmann, MD, also at Montchoisi Clinic.
“Acknowledging these out-of-clinic variations may be key to understanding the broader picture and to addressing patient-specific risk factors for glaucoma progression,” Dr. Gillman added.
1 Gillmann K et al. Sci Rep. 2021;11(1):6598.
Relevant financial disclosures—Dr. Gillmann: None. Dr. Mansouri: Sensimed: C.
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