For many years I have been abused because I don't wear neckties because they don't feel comfortable. I am delighted to tell you that a report in the British Journal of Ophthalmology shows that a tight necktie raises pressure in the eye, which can cause glaucoma that can make you blind.

A tight necktie increased intraocular pressure in both normal subjects and glaucoma patients. Wearing a tight necktie increased eye pressure in 60 percent of the men with glaucoma and 70 percent of normal men. The tie constricts both the artery carrying blood to your head and your vein carrying blood from your head. Since the pressure in the artery is so much greater than that in the vein, blood is allowed to go to the head and is restricted when it tries to leave the head to go back to the heart. This increases pressure in the head and eyes. More than three million people in the United States suffer from glaucoma.

British Journal of Ophthalmology, August, 2003.

Checked 8/9/05

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