Glaucoma Sleep Apnea is a condition in which an individual's sleep apnea also causes glaucoma. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes breathing to stop or become very shallow for short periods of time while sleeping (few seconds to a few minutes). Breathing often re-starts with a choking sound. One other common symptom is snoring. Some risk factors for sleep apnea are being male, overweight, over 40 years old and having a large neck and tonsils.
Glaucoma is an eye disease of the optic nerve which controls signals from the eye to the brain. The main symptom of glaucoma is peripheral or side vision loss that makes the affected person feel like they are looking through a tunnel.
Sleep apnea can cause reduced blood flow to the optic nerve resulting in damage leading to glaucoma. Diagnosis is found through physical exams, determining if you have risk factors and sleep study results. Sleep studies involve being monitored by a physician while sleeping through the night.
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with glaucoma sleep apnea, speak with your doctor about the most current treatment options. Support groups are also good resources of support and information.
Description Last Updated: Jan 27, 2018