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Glaucoma and pillows - a novel treatment

Posted in 'General' on October 31, 2015 by Stuart Macfarlane

The most effective way of treating glaucoma is by reducing the intraocular pressure. This is generally done with the help of eye drops or surgery. Recent studies have found that elevating the head 20 degrees with the aid of a wedge shaped pillow will reduce the intraocular pressure during sleeping hours. By reducing the pressure inside the eye this should help control glaucoma. Compared to sleeping on a flat bed on their back, sleeping with the head raised gave a 9.3 percent reduction in intraocular pressure in the glaucoma group. So if you suffer from sub-optimally controlled glaucoma it might be worthwhile investing in a wedge shaped pillow.