Eye exam leads to sleep apnea diagnosis

Sleep apnea diagnosed by an eye exam

This is another condition in a long line of conditions that can be found during a comprehensive eye exam. Sleep apnea affects about 1 in every 4 men and 1 in 10 women, many of whom are unaware they have a problem. This is millions of Americans that suffer from this condition that can lead to a host of other conditions like stroke, heart disease, liver fatigue and diabetes.

Sleep apnea often occurs in heavy snorers and is caused by the collapse or obstruction of the airway that can stop breathing for a period of time leading to gasping. This period of obstructed airway cause lower blood oxygen level and poor circulation which may cause cardiac arrest.

Risk Factors

  • obesity
  • large neck size
  • nasal congestion
  • African-American or hispanic.

Signs and symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Snoring
  • frequent nighttime urination
  • morning headaches
  • dry, sore throat
  • concentration problems
  • lack of energy
  • depression or irritability/ mood swings

What show up in an eye exam that can lead to this diagnosis?

The number one sign is called floppy lid syndrome followed by optic neuritis and papilledema. Floppy eyelid syndrome is laxity in the eyelids. If we detect any of these during your eye exam at BA Eye Site in Broken Arrow, we will discuss with you the possibility of getting a sleep study and seeking treatment. treatment can greatly improve patients quality of life and help guard against deteriorating health.

It is recommended that you have a comprehensive eye exam annually to detect this and possible other conditions that may be affecting you. (918)893-3769

 

Dr. Matthew Ozment

Quaility eye care for Broken Arrow and Tulsa

Posted in Eye Health, Systemic Health Care and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , .