Link Between Sleep Apnea and Eye Disorders
Submitted by New Jersey Snoring Solutions on Fri 06/17/2011 - 12:15
When you’ve got an distressing eye disorder, your world can stop dead in it’s tracks, but what if the condition with your eyes, however, had something to do with your sleep habits?
Well, that’s exactly what one recent study has found in regard to an eye disorder called floppy eyelid syndrome (FES). A British study points to a strong link between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and FES, implying that when doctors see FES in a patient, they should also look for OSA, and vice-versa.
The interesting part about this latest study is that it disproved previous assumptions about FES, which had been considered a disease of overweight and middle-aged men. The British researchers did not find such a pattern based on age, gender, or body mass index, but they did find a remarkable pattern with regard to obstructive sleep apnea, which affects more than 18 million people in the United States.
The good news? The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has recommended the use of oral appliances as the first line of treatment for mild to moderate OSA. While every dentist is legally allowed to provide oral appliance therapy, effective therapeutic results can only be achieved when the dentist has received additional education in the field of dental sleep medicine.
The doctors at New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions are specially trained for this type of dental work. Call New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions today for a free consultation at 855.WHY.SNORE or 855.949.7667.