High eye pressure is an indicator that glaucoma could develop. That’s why it’s so important to keep your eye pressure at normal levels which are measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). Normal eye pressure is measured between 10- and 21 mm Hg, and high eye pressure is considered any amount greater than 21 mm Hg. Allow us to highlight four common causes of high eye pressure:
Aqueous Humor Surplus
Your eyes produce an important fluid called aqueous humor which carries oxygen and nutrients to the eyes’ lenses. Once it releases the oxygen and nutrients to help with overall eye health, the fluid drains through the trabecular meshwork in the eye. However, if there is an overproduction of aqueous humor, it cannot drain quickly enough which causes increased eye pressure.
Inadequate Trabecular Meshwork
If your aqueous humor production is perfect for your eyes’ needs, you may still be experiencing eye pressure due to inadequate trabecular meshwork. The drainage system is a vital part of your eye health! If the fluid cannot drain through the meshwork, it “waits in line” for its turn. Therefore, causing eye pressure to form.
Eye Trauma or Injuries
If your eyes experience trauma or injury, the aqueous production and other parts of your eye could be thrown off balance. Injuries or trauma to the eyes can cause problems and pain for years! Proactive, eye safety is key to healthy eyes. Make sure you wear safety glasses while playing sports or working with big machinery. If you experience an eye injury, talk to a Vision Eye Group doctor right away: 478-744-1710.
There are certain medications that can cause eye pressure to occur, leading to glaucoma. It’s vital that you ask questions about side effects of certain medication, take the right amount, and seek help if you notice changes in your eyes.
Make an appointment with our Vision Eye Group doctors today: 478-744-1710