The Ophthalmologist’s Role in Identifying Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Short Communication/New Technologies

Reference:
Magnusdottir S. The Ophthalmologist ́s Role in identifying Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Ophthalmol Ophthalmic Surg 2018; 2 (1): 113 https://scientificliterature.org/Ophthalmology/Ophthalmology-18-113.pdf

Objectives:

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) has a multisystem effect and is associated with a host of systemic side effects and the eyes are particularly susceptible to both mechanical and vascular consequences of the disease.

This emphasizes the importance to increased awareness of both OSA and of ocular complications of this common disorder to prevent vision-threatening complications. The purpose of this short review is to provide ophthalmologist and primary care physicians with knowledge of how recent advances in sensor technology and computing now offer simple and cost-effective ambulatory methods to accurately screen for sleep disorders, including OSA and to encourage more attention to symptoms of sleep apnea in patients with ocular diseases.

Conclusions:
Ocular complications are common in patients suffering from OSA. There for it is important for physicians to be aware of OSA symptoms and screen for the disease as ocular complications are common in OSA patients and untreated it can adversely affect the progression of their ocular disease.

Practical Significance:
Accepted clinical methods, like SleepImage (cardiopulmonary coupling) provide opportunities and possibilities to screen for sleep disorders to improve clinical diagnosis and management.

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The Ophthalmologist’s Role in Identifying Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Short Communication/New Technologies