Diagnosed with 'eye pressure'--/ worried!

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Hi all,

So when I went to the opticians the other day my optician tested my eye pressure and said it was high/higher than usual. It was my first time with the air puffs.

It was 21 and 22 pressure in the eye.

She is referring me for a hospital appointment (in 6 weeks) just for a cornea measurement etc.

However it's stressing me out as I'm worried that the eye pressure could be caused due to a brain tumour or some other neurological disease. I'm also worried it could lead to blindness (I'm 19).

Does anyone else have this 'eye pressure' and know what it can cause or mean? I'm too stressed out to wait 6 weeks to find out.

Any help will be appreciated.

Thank you.

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    Hi j49038: The best thing to do for now is to drink lots of water and eat lots of fruits and vegetables and go for a walk for an hour every day, listlen to the music to take the stress away from you. this will lower your pressure of your eyes. try to eat 2 small fresh garlic with your food every day and some orange or lemon on a daily basis. Also go to your eye doctor every week to test your eye pressure usualy they use drops to lower the pressure. I do not understand why you have to wait 6 weeks to find out this is too long. get second openion before 6 weeks. Good luck and let me know I am concern about it.
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      Hi Youlia.

      Is your advice like eating garlic, fruit, green vegetables, oranges, lemon will help full to reduce to eye pressure?

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      Hi rishabh 89680: yes it will help to reduce the eye pressure, also lestnning to soft music 1/2 hour per day and 1/2 an hour per day walking any kind of relaxation will help to reduce the pressure a lot. also drink  lots of water every day. good luck and keep intouch God Bless. 
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      I think Youlia's advice is good for a healthy lifestyle in general but dont ignore the professional ophthalmologists advice.

      The supplement that ophthalmologists often recommend is Lutein which can be taken in tablet form and is also found in yellow fruit and vegetables as well as green vegetables. If you read up on the science of this it does make sense. 

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      I would expect enough in my diet but I did need to have my cataracts done two years ago !

      From Wiki.

      Lutein is a natural part of human diet when fruits and vegetables are consumed. For individuals lacking sufficient lutein intake, lutein-fortified foods are available, or in the case of elderly people with a poorly absorbing digestive system, a sublingual spray is available. As early as 1996, lutein has been incorporated into dietary supplements. While no recommended daily allowance currently exists for lutein as for other nutrients, positive effects have been seen at dietary intake levels of 6–10 mg/day. The only definitive side effect of excess lutein consumption is bronzing of the skin (carotenodermia).

      The functional difference between lutein (free form) and lutein esters is not entirely known. It is suggested that the bioavailability is lower for lutein esters, but much debate continues.

      As a food additive, lutein has the E number E161b (INS number 161b) and is extracted from the petals of marigold (Tagetes erecta). It is approved for use in the EU and Australia and New Zealand but is banned in the USA.

      Some foods are considered good sources of the nutrients

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    The opticians equipment is not as accurate as the hospitals have. I was told that my pressure was high but the hospital told me that I have thicker corneas than normal that the optician could not measure.

    My eye pressure he said was 21-24 mmHg but

    because of a thicker cornea should be regarded as 16-18 mmHg. He made the

    example of pressing a finger to a balloon and to a football. The balloon

    will register more pressure than the football from the same pressure because

    of its thickness. Eye pressure he said is like BP with the hormones that get

    you ready for the day raising it.

     

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      PS.

      I should have added that I asked him what will happen next time I go to an optician? Will I again be referred back to the hospital? He says to tell them that I have a corneal thickness of 575 microns (the norm is 560) and that it is patients with a thickness below 555 microns and an eye pressure of more than 24mmHg who have an increased risk of glaucoma.

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    Please dont worry about a brain tumour. That is highly unlikely. Your optician is making sure you have an excellent assesment of all things related to your eyes and if any treatment is needed you will be monitored. As Derek has said,  opticians equipment is not as accurate as a hospital's Ophthalmology equipment.  Do you have the appointment date or were you just told it would be in about 6 weeks?

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      Opticians can often spot certain types of brain tumor during their examinations ad a person ob this Forum found.
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