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. Jul-Aug 2008;39(4):339-40.
doi: 10.3928/15428877-20080701-03.

Progressive Optic Neuropathy in Congenital Glaucoma Associated With the Sirsasana Yoga Posture

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Progressive Optic Neuropathy in Congenital Glaucoma Associated With the Sirsasana Yoga Posture

Daniela S Monteiro de Barros et al. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging. .

Abstract

The authors describe a case of progressive optic neuropathy in a patient with congenital glaucoma who had routinely practiced the Sirsasana (headstand) yoga posture for several years. Ophthalmic examination included best-corrected visual acuity, anterior segment examination, indirect ophthalmoscopy, ultrasound pachymetry for central corneal thickness, and intraocular pressure before, during, and after maintaining the Sirsasana posture for 5 minutes. Intraocular pressure increased significantly during the Sirsasana posture. Transient elevation in intraocular pressure during yoga exercises may lead to progressive glaucomatous optic neuropathy, especially in susceptible patients with congenital glaucoma.

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