Higher IOP on waking
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rogerhearn • 30
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I have been using an ICARE Home for the past six months. One trend that is consistent is that my IOP is significantly higher in the morning and always low in the evening. I am still to determine how high is too eye to prevent further damage but am keen to know what things people do to reduce early morning pressure?

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How long does it stay high? Do you recheck after initial readings?

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BrianB • 80
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I do a morning meditation, usually in conjunction with putting in my drops. An hour after waking it almost always drops 2-4 points. Also better at managing morning work stress (in part a result of mindfulness practice). Also going to decaf coffee seems to have helped.

Finally ... I notice that getting a good night's sleep is correlated with lower morning IOP (I know, easier said than done).

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cindywink1 • 10
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I have noticed the same thing! I believe my eye pressure is always highest in the early morning, which I understand is common for some people. I sleep with my head elevated but it really makes no difference. I often have white lights in the periphery of my eyes-closed vision in the early morning if I wake up having to pee. Someone in the group noticed that her eye pressure was always higher when she had to pee and then lowered afterwards, so I always try to get right up LOL! I measured my eye pressure with an Icare home at this time once, and it really sort of hurts my eyes to do it! The green light seems sooo bright. My pressure was 30/25 at the time - yikes! I agree the morning meditation is good. I also do eye exercises upon awakening (rising) and this also lowers my eye pressure by several points.

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Same here. During the day my IOP is usually less than 10. If I measure during the night (I tend to wake up two or three times per night) it will often be over 20. Even a short nap during the day will raise the pressure a couple of points. Sure it goes down in the morning quickly - usually less than a half hour. But for one third of my life my IOC is much higher than target. I have seriously thought of getting one of those wedge "mattress toppers" to elevate my head more. Has anyone had success that way? Also, I agree the light seems so bright when your ayes are accommodated to the dark - it truly is uncomfortable to take a measurement. I'm thinking of making a small "washer" (probably out of translucent paper) to fit over the probe to cut down the intensity at night. Has anyone tried that? Or does ICare have something? A "dimmer" switch on the body of the unit would be nice! This may seem picky. But for me, learning about my night-time pressure is almost more important than the day-time readings.

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Also, I agree the light seems so bright when your ayes are accommodated to the dark - it truly is uncomfortable to take a measurement. I'm thinking of making a small "washer" (probably out of translucent paper) to fit over the probe to cut down the intensity at night. Has anyone tried that? Or does ICare have something? A "dimmer" switch on the body of the unit would be nice!

My Icare has a setting that allows changing the LED brightness level.

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Well that is excellent! Please help me find that setting. On my iCare (purchased just a couple of months ago) the only items under the settings tab (in iCare LINK) are to select a language, and to show a borrowing tab. No LED brightness level. What am I missing?

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I received my icare the end of August and I don't see that type of setting either? Would love to know how to dim that green light. If not, I may try to make a washer as suggested in this thread.

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