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Letters to the Editor: Author's Reply to High resistance Wind Instruments and IOP


Copyright 2024, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Schuman, J.
Journal Title: Ophthalmology
Date Published: Apr-01
Language: English
Category: Vision Problems
Key Words: wind instrument performance resistance eye
Full Citation: Schuman, J. S., and Emma Craig Massiocotte. Letters to the Editor: Author's Reply to 'High-resistance Wind Instruments and IOP.' Ophthalmology 108, no. 4 (April 2001): 635-6.
Full Abstract: Dr. Markoff's concern that the supine nature of trumpet playing used in the study, Increased Intraocular Pressure and Visual Field Defects in High Resistance Wind Instrument Players, compromised the results is unfounded as the study indicates measurements taken in both the sitting and supine positions. The ultrasound biomicroscopy used to study the uveal thickness required the use of the supine position. No differences in the measurements were found between the two playing positions, including playing in the high register playing and at loud volumes. Furthermore, studies are found that both support and dissent the use of the Valsalva maneuver in wind instrument playing. Additionally, the physical structure of the instruments and manifestation of wind resistance was beyond the scope of this study.