Fashion can be fun, but it can also take a toll on you. Everyone wants to keep up with the latest fashion trends. Wearing a necktie has been a long time fashion statement, and it’s still very much with us today. You can buy neckties and wear them for any occasion, and as often as you wish, but experts have cautioned that this fashion trend if wrongly applied may increase your risk of breathing problems, infections, and even body misalignment.
If you work around machinery, there is a real risk of getting a tie caught in gears or other parts of machinery which can lead to tragic events. In other cases, it is not so much the tie itself but rather how it is tied or even the degree of tightness. In most corporate establishments in Nigeria today, you will find members of both sexes wearing all sorts of ties. Some would say the tighter they are, the better they look. However, wearing your tie too tight could put you at increased risk of blindness, studies have revealed!
According to researchers from the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York, 40 men were tested; half of them were healthy, and another half had already been diagnosed with glaucoma. Their “intraocular pressure” was measured, and then they were asked to put on a “slightly uncomfortable” tie for three minutes. They were tested again, and 60% of the glaucoma patients and 70% of the healthy men were found to have significant rises in pressure. As soon as the ties were removed, the pressure fell again.
The small study in New York measured the pressure of the fluid in the eyeball in a small group of men before and after they attached their tie. They found a significant rise and warn that long-term pressure rises have been linked to the condition – glaucoma. Glaucoma is diagnosed when increases in pressure are likely to cause damage to the eye, and in its most common form, affects approximately 1% of 50-year-olds in the UK. It is the most common cause of irreversible blindness in the world.
In an article in the Journal of Ophthalmology, the researchers write: “A tight necktie can be considered a risk factor in men who prefer to wear tight neckties, men with thick necks, and white collar professionals.”
A study released in the British Journal of Ophthalmology studied the effect of wearing a necktie on “intraocular pressure” (the pressure of the fluid inside the eyeballs) in men with and without glaucoma. They found that intraocular pressure (IOP) did increase in both groups of men when they tightened a necktie. Intraocular pressure is a risk factor for glaucoma and artificially raising it with a necktie might also interfere with measurement of IOP.
However, in another study published in the Journal of Glaucoma, took that research a step further. They measured the IOP in a group of glaucoma and non-glaucoma patients before wearing a tie, 3 minutes after tightening a tie, 15 minutes after tightening a tie, and then 3 minutes after loosening the tie. These researchers found that tightening the tie did increase IOP in some of the participants, but that IOP went back down after 15 minutes.
Experts are of the view that tightening a necktie does raise intraocular pressure at first, but the body acclimates to necktie wear after a few minutes, and therefore, those with glaucoma do not need to avoid neckties.
Furthermore, experts say that mostly, it is about finding the right fit. Many clothing and shoe stores have personal fitting services which measure your body type and shoe size to ensure maximum comfort. With any fashion choice, if it doesn’t feel right, it probably is not doing you any favours, so take it out and take it off, expert advice.