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Does Sleep Apnea Affect Your Eyes? 




Feb 7

Does Sleep Apnea Affect Your Eyes? 

Getting diagnosed with sleep apnea can be alarming and comes with a multitude of questions. One of the main concerns may be how this condition affects your overall health, including your eyes. So, does sleep apnea actually affect your eyes? 

The short answer is yes. Sleep apnea can indeed have an impact on your eye health and vision. At Trumansburg Optical, we aim to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of sleep apnea and its effects on your body so you can make informed decisions about your health. Rest assured, we’re here to assist you every step of the way.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a prevalent sleep disorder characterized by repeated interruptions in breathing during sleep, often resulting in poor sleep quality. There are actually two forms of sleep apnea: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), where the throat muscles periodically relax and block the airway, and Central Sleep Apnea (CSA), when the brain doesn’t send correct signals to the muscles that control breathing. It affects millions of people worldwide, cutting across all ages and demographics.

The Impact of Sleep Apnea on Your Eyes

You might not think sleep apnea would affect your ocular health, but it is associated with several eye conditions. One of the consequences of sleep apnea is the interruption of breathing during sleep, leading to decreased oxygen levels in the body. This decrease in oxygen can damage the optic nerve, leading to the development of conditions like glaucoma. Sleep apnea can also contribute to floppy eyelid syndrome, a condition where the eyelids flip open during sleep, causing redness, irritation, and a gritty sensation in the eyes.

Furthermore, sleep apnea has also been linked to Non-Arteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy (NAION). This condition is a type of optic nerve stroke that can cause sudden vision loss. Research studies have shown a strong correlation between sleep apnea and the development of NAION, highlighting the importance of managing sleep apnea for optimal eye health.

Trust Trumansburg Optical

At Trumansburg Optical, a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of your health aspects allows for comprehensive eye care that considers your overall well-being. With a team of skilled optometrists, state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, and a commitment to personalized care, we are well-equipped to manage eye problems related to sleep apnea.

Regular eye exams at Trumansburg Optical can help detect these conditions early, allowing timely intervention and management. Furthermore, the team can provide guidance and resources to help manage sleep apnea, reducing its impact on your eyes and overall health.

Unfortunately, eye problems can arise suddenly and need immediate attention. That’s why we offer emergency same-day appointments for our patients. If your sleep apnea has led to an eye issue that needs quick resolution, our dedicated team is ready to provide immediate, expert care. Whether it’s a sudden onset of vision loss or severe eye discomfort, don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Protect Your Vision Now

In conclusion, sleep apnea is more than just a sleep disorder; it can significantly affect your eye health. Do not let it go unchecked. Contact Trumansburg Optical today and take the first step towards safeguarding your vision against the effects of sleep apnea.

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Dr. Neil F. Henninger

Dr. Henninger has been practicing Optometry in the Finger Lakes area since 1992. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College and a Doctor of Optometry degree from The New England College of Optometry. Dr. Henninger is a member of the American Optometric Association, New York State Optometric Association and the Southern Tier Optometric Association.

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