Is Your Necktie Hurting Your Eyesight?!

Playing Can a Tight Necktie Increase Glaucoma Risk?

The Doctors discuss an internet rumor that a tight necktie could increase a man's risk of glaucoma. To weigh in on the issue, The Doctors are joined by ophthalmologist and eye surgeon Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler. 

Dr. Boxer Wachler explains a study in New York tested the eye pressure in men before and after they put on a necktie, and they found when they had the necktie on, the pressure in the eye went up. When the men removed the necktie, the pressure came back down. Dr. Boxer Wachler explains the reason this occurred is that the pressure of the necktie could start to cut off some veins that drain in and out of the head and eyes.

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While The Doctors aren't suggesting doing away with neckties, they do have some advice. Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon explains the "finger test." If you can get one finger inside the shirt collar, that means it's not too tight. Conversely, if you put a shirt on and it's too tight around the collar and with the necktie on you start to feel constricted, it's too tight! Dr. Boxer Wachler coins his method "the lollipop test." "If you put on your tie and you look like a cherry-flavored lollipop, time to loosen up!" he says.

Family medicine physician Dr. Mike Varshavski shares how tightness around the neck could also be an indication you need to see a doctor. It could be a sign of early thyroid disease, lymphoid disease, or even tumors! 

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OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry asks if neckties are to partially blame for glaucoma, which is the number one cause of blindness in the U.S. Dr. Boxer Wachler doesn't think you can make that link but if someone does have glaucoma, the increase in pressure from a too-tight necktie could be counteracting the doctor's methods of lowering that eye pressure.

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