It is possible to reduce children’s intraocular pressure (or eye pressure) by ensuring that their diet is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids and fiber. Children were studied because they had fewer concurrent medical issues than adults that would potentially skew results.
The polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are key sources of endogenous prostaglandins (fat derived compounds that are essential to the body’s proper function). A diet rich in PUFAs helps aid eye health and reduces eye pressure, according to this study of information derived from the Singapore Cohort Study of Risk Factors for Myopia.
Researchers found that fiber helps to reduce upswings in blood glucose levels after eating.
Elevated intraocular pressure can lead to glaucoma and other damage to the optic nerve.