Meditation may help reduce high eye pressure

I just read an interesting study which examined the benefit of “mindfulness meditation” on high eye pressure.

“A new era in the management of glaucoma is ushered in by a landmark study published in the Journal of Glaucoma, official journal of the World Glaucoma Association. Patients with primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) showed significant improvements of both ocular and general health after participating in a program of mindfulness meditation focused on breathing compared to the control group that did not partake.

After 3 weeks of meditation, there was significant lowering of intraocular pressure (IOP), cortisol and levels of oxidative stress, while there was an increase in brain-derived neurotrophic factors and beta endorphins with improvement in quality of life measures (QOL) in the meditators, while there was no change in the non-meditators.”