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Eye-Opening Study: Relationship Between Glaucoma and Poor Sleep

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Everyone needs sleep, because sleep is the most important part of our body's self-regulation. However, nowadays, staying up late has become a commonplace for people and seriously damages people's health. In fact, what you don't know is that if you don't get enough sleep, glaucoma may occur.



The Relationship between Sleep Problems and Glaucoma

There are some patients with acute attacks of glaucoma. The patient's eyes are red and painful, their vision is sharply reduced, and they may even feel nausea, vomiting and body malaise. These patients can have one eye or both eyes disease at the same time, the intraocular pressure is often as high as 50mmHg or more (normal people's intraocular pressure is 10-21mmHg), and the eyeballs can feel as hard as stones when touched with fingers.


Patients often stay up late and get tired before the onset of glaucoma. Some patients even told the doctor that they just watched TV for a longer time. So why do these conditions cause glaucoma attacks?


It turns out that factors such as overwork, lack of sleep, mood swings, improper eating or overeating, can affect the vascular nerve regulation center and cause vasomotor dysfunction. On the one hand, it can dilate capillaries and increase vascular permeability, causing ciliary muscle edema and advancement, blocking the anterior chamber angle and the outflow of aqueous humor. On the other hand, it can cause excessive secretion of aqueous humor and excessive pressure in the posterior chamber. These factors can cause a sharp increase in intraocular pressure and ultimately lead to an acute attack of glaucoma.

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Therefore, it is very important for glaucoma patients to maintain a regular life, stable mood, regular diet, and at the same time avoid the stimulation of adverse factors.


A study of more than 6,700 people over the age of 40 in the United States who answered a survey on their sleep, and the results showed that there may be a link between glaucoma and sleep problems.


The study examined data from the 2005-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The participants were glaucoma patients with evidence of optic nerve damage and vision loss in some of their visual fields.


Studies have found an association between glaucoma and sleep problems. The results are:


1) People who sleep 10 hours or more a night are three times more likely to develop glaucoma-related optic nerve damage than those who sleep 7 hours a night.


2) People who fall asleep within 9 minutes or less, or those who need 30 minutes or more to fall asleep, are twice as likely to develop glaucoma as those who fall asleep within 10-29 minutes.


3) People who sleep 3 hours or less or 10 hours or more each night are three times more likely to lose their eyesight than those who sleep 7 hours at night.


4) Those who said they had difficulty remembering things due to daytime sleepiness were twice as likely to lose their vision as those who said they were not sleepy during the day and did not notice memory problems.


5) Those who said it was difficult to engage in hobbies because they were sleepy during the day had three times as much vision loss as those who had no hobbies and no daytime sleepiness.


The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that everyone should see an ophthalmologist for basic medical eye exams at the age of 40. This is the age at which the early signs of eye diseases (such as glaucoma) and vision changes can happen.


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