Sleep apnea associated with risk of open-angle glaucoma 5 years after diagnosis

Obstructive sleep apnea was associated with an elevated risk of developing open-angle glaucoma within 5 years of sleep apnea diagnosis, according to a large cohort study.“Often, [obstructive sleep apnea] leads to severe hypoxemia and increases vascular resistance, which may influence the development of ganglion cell loss,” the study authors said. “Previous studies have demonstrated [obstructive sleep apnea] to be associated with several eye disorders, such as floppy eyelid syndrome, keratoconus, papilledema, optic neuropathy, filamentary or infectious keratitis, papillary conjunctivitis and glaucoma.”

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