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    Oct 2000
    Orcas Island

    Trumpets Put Eyes at Risk

    According to one report:
    EVERY day activities like ...playing a musical instrument could be making pressure-related eye diseases worse, Australian research says.

    Rubbing the eyes has been proven to contribute to conditions like glaucoma and short-sightedness, but eye specialists have discovered many other basic behaviours also increase risk....

    Glaucoma affects more than 300,000 Australians, causing blindness as the disease progresses, while rapidly increasing myopia, or short-sightedness, affects almost one in five people.

    Prof McMonnies tested the effects of eye rubbing and compared the pressure effects with other activities in a paper published in the journal Optometry and Vision Science.

    He found eye rubbing caused the biggest spike, raising pressure to ten times normal levels, but may be only an occasional harmless event....

    People who play a high wind-resistance instrument like a trumpet, oboe, French horn or bassoon, especially when they play high-pitched notes, can more than double their eye pressure.

    Another good reason to play software instruments - but staring at a computer screen cannot be good for the eyes either. Wonder how Tom maintained his vision while hitting those triple "C"s in JABB.

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    Re: Trumpets Put Eyes at Risk

    So when are the new solo woodwind and brass instruments scheduled for release then?

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    Re: Trumpets Put Eyes at Risk

    Dizzy's Solution:
    In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is.

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    Re: Trumpets Put Eyes at Risk

    I quit oboe to focus on composition.

    Now my blood pressure is worse.
    "An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have, but that he - for some reason - thinks it would be a good idea to give them."

    - Andy Warhol

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