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Sleep Apnea and Glaucoma


Janna Mantua - August 13, 2013 - Consequences of Sleep Apnea
Glaucoma is a group of conditions that causes damage to the optic nerve, the main nerve that connects the eye with the brain. Damage can lead to an irreversible loss of vision. Although there are a few causes for glaucoma, the main one is an increased amount of pressure in the eye. Risk factors include increased age, ethnic background, and medical conditions like hypertension and heart disease1. Because we know each of these factors is independently linked with sleep apnea, the question to follow is how many of those suffering from glaucoma also have sleep apnea?  A group of scientists recently took on the mission to study the relationship between these two disorders. This group examined a large group of people (114 subjects) who underwent overnight sleep studies after their doctors suspected that they may be suffering from sleep apnea. In addition to an overnight sleep study, the subjects were... Read more
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