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Glaucoma Causes and Risk Factors

Do altitude changes affect glaucoma?

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  • ALouis Cantor, MD, Ophthalmology, answered on behalf of American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart
    Changes in altitude do not significantly alter the eye pressure or have an effect on glaucoma.  Since the eye is filled with fluid instead of air, changes in pressure related to altitude have a negligible effect (including the increased pressure associated with scuba diving).
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