Tuesday, June 19, 2012

OSA and diseases of the eye

As sleep disordered breathing become better understood, health professionals are becoming more and more aware of how the disorder relates to other diseases. Two new studies have recently been published that show that people with sleep disordered breathing have a higher risk of cancer.

Another relation that is not very well known, is the relation between sleep disordered breathing and diseases of the eye. Dr, Swaraj Bose is a board certified ophthalmologist, a neuro-opthalmologist and an orbital surgeon who specializes in treating patients with diseases of the eye in relation to the brain. On his blog, he recently posted an article that examines the links between sleep disordered breathing and disease of the eye. His article explains that sleep disordered breathing can cause Non Arteritic Ischemic Optic Neuropathy (NAION), Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) / Pseudotumor cerebri (PTC), Floppy Eyelid Syndrome (FES) and Glaucoma / Normal Tension Glaucoma.

To read Dr. Bose's article, click here.