Mediting could prevent or slow down the leading form of blindness, a new study suggests.
Glaucoma affects 500,000 people in Britain and occurs when a build-up of pressure in the eye compresses the optic nerve.
But until now, scientists have not considered that pressure could be caused by stress.
When scientists asked 45 glaucoma patients to try mindfulness meditation for one hour a day for three weeks they found that the pressure in their eyes was reduced by 25 percent compared to patients who had stuck to eye drops.
Lowering of eye pressure is the only proven therapy for glaucoma and is currently achieved through eye drops, laser therapy of surgery. Similar drops in pressure have been …