I just read a report out of Glasgow, Scotland saying that playing the bagpipes could lead to blindness. Apparently, blowing too hard into the instrument can increase the pressure in your eyes and possibly lead to Glaucoma.
The author of the study, Dr. Gunnar Schmidtmann said that bagpiper players who already have high blood pressure were at an increased risk. He added, “It doesn’t matter if you are a hobby musician or a professional, go to your optometrist frequently.”
So I guess there’s one more reason I won’t be taking up the bagpipes anytime soon.