Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dry Eye Syndrome Related to Sleep Apnea- TheraLife Can Help.

Obstructive sleep apnea” (OSH) also called "Sleep Apnea" can cause heart diseases as well as a variety of  eye problems including dry eyes- see below.  OSH left untreated can lead to significant eye problems that you may already be experiencing.

Common treatments for sleep apnea include:
  1. Mouth guard to stop snoring.  Available on line or at your dental offices.
  2. CPAP – Contineous positive airway passage –see photo above.
Incidence rate is 9% among the female Caucasian population in the United States, and 24% in the male Caucasian population.  More than 80% of those affected are undiagnosed, or untreated even if they are diagnosed.

Sleep apnea is when the soft tissue of the palate collapses during sleep and partially obstructing the airway, causing a decreased oxygen saturation in the blood. The body senses the need to take a breath, and the person bring in more oxygen by gasping. Stopping breathing for long periods of time is a common symptom of OSH.

OSA can cause both anterior and posterior eye conditions.  It can become very difficult to manage when OSA goes undiagnosed or untreated.  OSA can cause eye conditions to name a few:
  1. dry Eyes- insufficient blood and nutrient delivery to the eyes, especially at night.
  2. floppy eyelid syndrome (FES)
  3.  optic neuropathy,
  4. glaucoma,
  5.  retinal vein occlusion, are found more often in patients with OSA.
  6. In diabetic patients with sleep apnea and retinopathy,
    1. macular edema
    2. iris neovascularization
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  1. Sleep apnea can cause eye health and heart issues including dry eyes. See how TheraLife Eye can help deliver more blood and nutrients to the eye to relief dry eye symptoms.

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