A 61-year-old female asked:
with open angle glaucoma could sleep apnea cause damage to the optic nerve?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Yes: Sleep apnea decrease O2 to your body. Apnea means pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. This means your body does not get O2 at that time. Lack od O2 is damaging to the cells/tissues including optic nerve. One of the risk factor for glaucomatous nerve changes or nerve damage is sleep apnea. Pls control the problem will help you to avoid health problem, including heart, brain
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Last updated Jan 9, 2016
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