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I played the clarinet for 12 years (from 9 to 21), and occasionally I practiced for hours a day. Out of curiosity I read that eye pressure increases temporarily during play. Those who are professional players, do you think wind instrument players have more issues with their eyes?

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    You'd have to ask Squinty & Bog-Eye, but right now they're on a gig with Picky the guitarist & the drummer, Thumbs. [sorry, couldn't resist] ;)
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 8, 2018 at 10:08
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    It's probably more true that drumming makes you go deaf...
    – Tim
    Jul 8, 2018 at 10:38
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    @tim WHAT!?!?!?
    – b3ko
    Jul 9, 2018 at 1:20
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    @Tim I thought it was deaf people became drummers :-) Jul 9, 2018 at 12:11
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    Please post a link to that allegation. We really don't like responding to random claims from the fog of the internet. Jul 9, 2018 at 12:12

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I've spent nearly 50 years in the company of 'blowers' and can't say it's ever been an issue. We could probably get the 'Daily Mail' to run a scare story. (That's our British sensationalist newspaper, specialising in patriotic racism and 'Badgers give you cancer' scares. Sorta like Fox News?)

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    The plural of "anecdote" is not "data." Jul 9, 2018 at 12:11
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    @CarlWitthoft - true. The plural of 'an ecdote' is 'several ecdotes'...
    – Tim
    Jul 9, 2018 at 13:40
  • But a complete absence of anecdotes is of interest. Jul 11, 2018 at 21:57
  • Actually, the original quote was from Raymond Wolfinger who is on record with "I said 'The plural of anecdote is data' some time in the 1969-70 academic year while teaching a graduate seminar at Stanford" - and it morphed into the opposite from there. Jul 11, 2018 at 22:52
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I recently developed glaucoma after 2 years of bass clarinet playing (2-4 hours daily). My ophthalmologist discovered it, has been keeping watch on it, and checked references. Conclusion: no connection. Instruments with possible links to eye pressure, according to her, are trumpet played a la Louis Armstrong, and bagpipes.

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