Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sleep Apnea May be Linked to Glaucoma

A recently published study has evaluated the medical records of 1,000 people over the age of 40 who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and compared them to the records of a control group of 6,000 people without this common sleeping disorder. 

Published in the August issue of Ophthalmology, this study was focused on the relationship between sleep apnea and vision disorders, and a relationship indeed was found. In fact, this study found that people who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea are 1.67 times more likely to develop open-angle glaucoma within five years of their diagnosis than those who had not been diagnosed with sleep apnea.

Dangers of sleep apnea such as mood disorders, chronic fatigue, and even increased risks for heart failure have all been well documented, but this is the first study to focus exclusively on sleep apnea and vision. Because glaucoma is painless and causes a gradual loss of vision, it can often rob a person of sight before they are aware they have the disease. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, it is important that you work with a sleep specialist to help treat the disorder and prevent serious and life-altering consequences.

Please contact an experienced sleep apnea physician in your area today to schedule an initial treatment consultation.

posted by Admin at 3:07 AM