Researchers from the All India Group of Medical Sciences have found a connection between meditation and lowered intra-ocular pressure (IOP) among glaucoma patients.
The results of a trial involving 90 primary open angle glaucoma patients assigned to either a mindfulness meditation group or a waitlist control group are reported in Journal of Glaucoma.
The mindfulness based stress reduction group practised meditation daily for 21 days.
A 25% reduction in IOP was seen in 75% of patients who received the intervention.
As well as lowering IOP, scientists found that those assigned to the meditation group had lower rates of stress-related biomarkers, such as cortisol, and reported improved quality of life.
The researchers concluded that mindfulness meditation can be recommended as an adjunctive therapy for primary open angle glaucoma.