With open angle glaucoma could sleep apnea cause damage to the optic nerve?

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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Open angle glaucoma 30 percent optic nerve damage. 58 years old. How many years before damage would be seen. Dr did not screen yearly w/annual exam.

Glaucoma. Assuming you will be treated with pressure lowering medications, statistically, there is a 27% chance of becoming legally blind in one eye, and 9% in both eyes withing 20 years. With 30% nerve damage, this number is reduced, but it depends whether the peripheral or ventral fibers are affected as to now you perceive any progressive advancement of the visual loss. Read more...
Best to take multipl. Field exams, and look at the severity of the defect and the rate of progression with treatment (plotted against the estimated number of years to live) and you can get an idea of how long before very advanced damage can lead to actual real life vision changes vs. Merely changes on a test that are not seen in real life. Read more...

Have 30 percent optic nerve damage due to open angle glaucoma. How many years would it take to incur this amount of damage?

Usually many. There are many types of glaucoma. Some cause damage quickly, while others are more slowly progressive and may take years to cause damage. It is important to follow closely with your ophthalmologist to prevent further damage from occurring. Read more...
Variable. Glaucoma tends to be a slowly progressing condition. Damage typically occurs over many months or years; however. It also depends on how high your eye pressures are. People with very high eye pressures may develop damage more quickly. It is very important to have regular follow up with you eye md to ensure your eye pressures are controlled adequately. Read more...

How does open-angle glaucoma damage the optic nerve?

Silently. Glaucoma is a disorder that involves damage to the optic nerve a reduction in blood flow; potentially permanent in not treated. In the open-angle type of glaucoma [about 90% of all cases of glaucoma], this damage occurs slowly over time; most patients may not even appreciate a loss of their vision as the damage is that insidious. There is typically no pain associated with this type of glaucoma. Read more...
Slowly over time. Typically open angle glaucoma causes loss of ganglion cells with progressive thinning of the retinal nerve fiber layer faster than age-related loss slowly over time (thus generally asymptomatic), eventually leading to an enlarged optic nerve cup seen on eye exam. The optic nerve appears pale with loss of tissue and remodeled laminar changes. Read more...