Everybody has pressure in their eyes called intraocular pressure (IOP). Some people have a higher level of pressure that can cause damage to the eye and vision loss. Glaucoma is one eye disease for which the main characteristic is an elevated eye pressure. Medications can be used to reduce eye pressure, but some lifestyle changes can be put to good use as well.
Refrain from drinking beverages that contain caffeine to naturally reduce high levels of eye pressure. The Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF) indicates that some people who drink caffeinated coffee, tea or soda may experience a temporary rise in their IOP.
Drink water throughout the day, rather than all at once. Eye pressure may rise when you drink large quantities of water (at least 1 quart) within 20 minutes, according to the GRF. People who have glaucoma should especially be mindful of these study results and pace themselves over the course of the day when drinking water.
Eat a balanced, nutritious diet that includes antioxidants. Vitamins C, E and A, as well as copper and zinc, are beneficial to eye health and may slow the progession of eye disease, according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation. If you are not getting enough vitamins in your diet, ask your doctor about taking supplements.
Exercise to lower your eye pressure. A brisk walk, jog or bike ride can help regulate eye pressure without medical intervention. Try to exercise several times a week for at least 30 minutes to reap the benefits.
Manage underlying conditions such as diabetes that may contribute to a raised level of eye pressure. Controlling your blood glucose levels through diet and exercise can have a positive effect on your eye pressure and reduces your risk of developing glaucoma and other eye diseases.