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Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol (2011) 249:895–901 DOI 10.1007/s00417-010-1600-x


Intraocular pressure fluctuations in professional brass and woodwind musicians during common playing conditions Gunnar Schmidtmann & Susanne Jahnke & Egbert J. Seidel & Wolfgang Sickenberger & Hans-Jürgen Grein

Received: 26 July 2010 / Revised: 15 November 2010 / Accepted: 2 December 2010 / Published online: 14 January 2011 # Springer-Verlag 2011

Abstract Background We investigated the effects on intraocular pressure (IOP) and blood pressure (BP) of playing brass and woodwind instruments by monitoring IOP and BP in a representative group of professional musicians under a variety of common playing conditions. Methods IOP and BP measurements were recorded from 37 brass and 15 woodwind instrument players, before and after playing tones of low, middle and high frequency. We also measured IOP and BP before and during playing common exercises of 10 minutes duration, as well as after playing a sustained high-pitched tone, to test for changes in IOP under conditions of maximum effort. Results Playing tones on brass and woodwind instruments causes a temporary elevation in IOP and BP, depending on the G. Schmidtmann (*) Department of Vision Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, G4 0BA Glasgow, Scotland e-mail: [email protected] G. Schmidtmann : H.-J. Grein Course of Optometry, University of Applied Sciences Luebeck/ Fielmann Akademie, Schloss Plön, Plön 24306, Germany S. Jahnke : W. Sickenberger Optometry and Vision Science, University of Applied Sciences, Carl-Zeiss-Promenade 2, 07745 Jena, Germany E. J. Seidel Department of Physical und Rehabilitation Medicine, The Liszt School of Music Weimar, Institute of Musician’s Medicine and Music Physiology, Henry-van-de-Velde-Straße 2, 99425 Weimar, Germany

tone frequency: brass instrument players showed a significant elevation after playing high and middle frequency tones (p

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