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Have you ever heard of sleep apnea causing glaucoma?
Yes. The association between sleep apnea and glaucoma is somewhat controversial. However, anyone with glaucoma and particularly normal-tension glaucoma should have their sleep apnea treated as soon as possible. Theoretically, it is thought that sleep apnea may decrease the blood flow to the optic nerve, causing glaucoma-like damage.
Answered by: Gary Hirshfield, MD
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Answered: Apr 16, 2013
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