People who often snore are at risk of higher blood pressure, strokes, heart attack, and of course relationship strains. If that’s not enough to look into ways to get your snoring treated, you may be interested to know that snoring can also have a dangerous effect on your eyes.
People who snore often may have a condition called obstructive sleep apnea, a life-altering condition, in which a person unknowingly stops breathing during sleep, or has oxygen-dipping events throughout the night.
This lack of oxygen affects the body negatively in many ways. In relation specifically to eyes, people with obstructive sleep apnea are at risk for:
- Floppy Eye Syndrome
- Normal tension glaucoma
- CPAP associated – eye strain
- Asthenopia (generalized eye discomfort)
- Papilledema (swelling of the optic nerve)
- NAION (decreased oxygen and blood flow to optic nerve)
These last 2 conditions can lead to vision loss.
Also, some of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Eye strain
- Morning headaches
These common symptoms of snoring and apnea are often confused with eye problems.
If you are snoring or have a family history of snoring, consider treatment and evaluation for your particular situation. If you are experiencing the symptoms mentioned above and sleeping disorders have been ruled out, it may be time to get your eyes evaluated.
Dr. Sosenko’s husband, Dr. Chris Burch, is a local optometrist (eye doctor) who provides state-of the-art-eye care at Danada Vision Center located 10 minutes north of Sherman Oaks Dental at 115 Danada Square W, Wheaton, IL near the Subway at Butterfield and Naper Blvd. Their telephone number is (630)668-0378.
Dr. Lydia Sosenko of Dental Sleep & TMD Center of Illinois is a general dentist with specialized training in the state of the art treatment of snoring and apnea with oral appliance therapy. She also works with local physicians who treat obstructive sleep apnea with other treatments such as CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure device).
For more information on the dangers of snoring and apnea, visit Dr. Sosenko website www.TiredOfSnoring.com. It could save your relationship, and your life!