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Sleep problems linked to eye conditions in paper.


SLEEP problems, which have long been associated with well-known medical conditions, have now been linked to a number of eye disorders in US research.

The paper, published in this month's Mayo Clinic Proceedings, points out the link between sleep apnea, a potentially serious disorder which affects 12 million Americans in which breathing stops and starts during sleep. Its most common form is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The researchers conducted a literature search focused on sleep disorders and eye disease, and found a series of ophthalmologic conditions associated with obstructive sleep apnea.

They included: Floppy eyelid syndrome (this disorder causes eyelids to evert spontaneously during sleep, resulting in excessive watering, stickiness, discomfort and blurred vision); glaucoma (OSA is linked to two forms of this disease, primary open-angle glaucoma and normal-tension glaucoma); Nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (characterised by the sudden painless onset of vision loss in one eye, when waking) and papilledema.

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Publication:Optometry Today
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Date:Nov 14, 2008
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