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Can piping (bagpipes) damage eyes? Twelve year old grand daughters

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Can piping (bagpipes) damage eyes? Twelve year old grand daughter's eyes are often sore during piping sessions.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
Hi--this is only while she's piping? When it happens any redness to her eyes? I assume she gets routine eye exams?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

It is only when she is piping. I can remember reading about an eye problem caused by piping some time ago before Cara was learning. She has had eyesight checks as dictated by NHS. There is no obvious redness but I haven't looked closely.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
OK Marilyn Playing any wind instrument does raise intraocular pressure a bit whilst one is playing but that wouldn't do any damage unless one already had glaucoma that hadn't been treated. Potentially, long hours of piping over a long period of time might do damage in time but in her case I see no reason for you to worry
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