A 51-year-old female asked:
female mid's 50s, eurasian. eye dr thinks i have sleep apnea due to the shape of my eyes and need sleep study. eyes have been this shape since birth. no other symptom? i like my asian eyes. what?
3 doctor answers
Dr. John Barbuto answered
Specializes in Neurology
Hmmm: Dx of sleep apnea is typically based on sleep problems and nocturnal respiratory findings (polysomnography). Odd to attempt to dx by eyes. Can he/she give you the name of a syndrome you can review on the net to see if it might apply to you? If not, sounds questionable. Are you sure you understood him/her correctly?
Answered on Jul 22, 2014
Dr. Gabriel Purice answered
15 years experience Internal Medicine
No relationship: There is no relationship between the shape of your eyes and sleep apnea. Maybe he saw something else during your routine eye exam that made him consider sleep apnea. There are changes that occur in the eye ( but usually not about the shape which goes with your heritage) that may be associated of sleep apnea - like glaucoma, optic nerve neurpathy or papilledema. Addressing it timely may prevent.
Answered on Jul 4, 2014
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