Advances in Therapy

, Volume 23, Issue 6, pp 921–925 | Cite as

Progression of glaucoma associated with the Sirsasana (headstand) yoga posture

  • Mark J. Gallardo
  • Nalini Aggarwal
  • H. Dwight Cavanagh
  • Jess T. Whitson
Article

Abstract

This article reports a case of progressive glaucomatous optic neuropathy and visual field loss that occurred in a patient who practiced the Sirsasana (headstand) yoga posture on a daily basis for many years. Visual field analysis was performed through standard automated perimetry. Intraocular pressure (IOP) was measured through pneumotonometry in the sitting position and in the head-down position. Stereo-optic disc photographs were obtained. IOP increased significantly in the head-down position. Optic disc evaluation revealed a new disc hemorrhage in the left eye. Visual field analysis over a period of 2 y showed progression of a superior arcuate defect in the left eye. Transient increases in IOP associated with the yoga headstand posture may lead to progressive glaucomatous optic nerve damage and visual field loss.

Keywords

yoga glaucoma visual field optic nerve head intraocular pressure 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark J. Gallardo
    • 1
  • Nalini Aggarwal
    • 1
  • H. Dwight Cavanagh
    • 1
  • Jess T. Whitson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OphthalmologyUniversity of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center in DallasDallas

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