Mr Akash Raj MBBS & MD (AIIMS), MRCS, DRCOphth, FRCS, FRCOphth, PG Dip (Distinction) Consultant Ophthalmologist, Glaucoma specialist and Cataract surgeon, Birmingham, Dudley, Midlands, UK
Mr Akash Raj MBBS & MD (AIIMS), MRCS, DRCOphth, FRCS, FRCOphth, PG Dip (Distinction)Consultant Ophthalmologist, Glaucoma specialist and Cataract surgeon, Birmingham, Dudley, Midlands, UK 

What is the normal intraocular pressure (IOP= pressure in the eye)?

Human eyes require a certain level of eye pressure to keep in shape and function optimally. This pressure is as a result of the formation of and circulation of fluid (aqueous humour) inside the eye, this should not be confused with tear which lies on the surface (outside) of the eye.


The normal intraocular pressure range is usually between 10 to 21 mm of Mercury


Vast majority of people will have a pressure somewhere in the middle of this range, near 16-17mm Mercury. 


It needs to be emphasized that what is normal pressure in one person may not be normal for another person. In some individuals the even the so called 'normal pressure' may be too high for their particular eye and such individuals may be at risk of a type of glaucoma where the pressure in the eye lies in the 'normal range'. This type of glaucoma is called " Normal Tension or Normal Pressure Glaucoma".


Intraocular pressure (IOP=Pressure in eye) is the most important and most consistent risk factor for Glaucoma. The risk of glaucoma increases with the level of eye pressure as follows:


IOP (mm of Mercury)

% Of Glaucoma

16- 21


22- 29


≥ 30





Intraocular pressure (IOP=Eye pressure) is not only a risk factor for glaucoma but also a prognostic factor; higher eye pressure is associated with faster progression of glaucoma. It is now known that higher pressure in the eye may be associated with increased risk of obstruction of the retinal blood vessels at the back of the eye.


Private & NHS patients

How to see Mr Raj

For private patients & referrals


Mr Akash Raj 

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Glaucoma specialist & Cataract surgeon


Stourside Hospital (part of West midland Hospital)

60 Bradley Road



01384 505 183


(Alternate Thursday PM)



01384 632 640


Private Secretary: Liz Carter : 01384 632 636 






Mr Akash Raj

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Glaucoma & Cataract specialist


BMI The Priory Hospital, Edgbaston

(Thursday PM)
Priory Rd, Birmingham, West Midlands
B5 7UG
0121 446 1638
(Consultation by appointment only)
Private Secretary:
Liz Carter
Direct Line: 01384632636 




For NHS Referrals through GP/Opticians


Mr Akash Raj

Consultant Ophthalmologist (Glaucoma Lead)


Russells Hall Hospital

Pensnett Road


West Midlands



Phone: 01384456111

Extn. 5815 (NHS Secretary: Lyn Eaton)



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