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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 239-241
Effect of yoga-based ocular exercises in lowering of intraocular pressure in glaucoma patients: An affirmative proposition

1 Department of Physiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Raj Kumar Yadav
Department of Physiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Room No. 2027, 2nd Floor, Teaching Block, New Delhi - 110 029
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DOI: 10.4103/ijoy.IJOY_55_17

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Glaucoma is the most common cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, with >65 million sufferers. It is incurable and the only therapeutic approach accepted till now is the lowering of intraocular pressure (IOP) medically and/or surgically. These known interventions might have many side effects and complications. Yoga-based interventions are now well accepted as alternative therapy in many chronic diseases. The effects of yoga in glaucoma, however, have not been studied adequately. Accommodation (the process of adjustment of optical power to maintain clear vision) of eyes leads to instant lowering of IOP. Therefore, we hypothesize that one of the yoga-based interventions, Tratak kriya, which includes ocular exercises might lead to lowering of IOP in glaucoma patients. The proposed Tratak kriya leads to contraction and relaxation of ciliary muscles which might increase outflow of aqueous humor. In addition, this yoga-based intervention might decrease stress and improve quality of life in glaucoma patients.

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