Friday, April 2, 2010

All Eyes on Sleep Disorders and Floppy Eyelid Syndrome

A new study examined the connection between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and floppy eyelid syndrome.

This blog post on CNN’s Paging Dr. Gupta explains that people with floppy eyelid syndrome have a high risk of having OSA.

The syndrome causes elastic upper lids that are easily folded up. It often affects obese patients. Overweight or obese people also have a high OSA risk.

The study was published in the April issue of Ophthalmology. It included 102 patients with floppy eyelid syndrome and 102 controls.

The researchers found that one-third of patients with floppy eyelid syndrome also had OSA. The association was still statistically significant when controlling for body mass index.

The study authors suggest that doctors be aware of this association and direct further tests and treatment if necessary. Sleep disorders can be diagnosed at an accredited sleep center.

Floppy eyelid syndrome does not have a treatment, but doctors recommend using artificial tears to help relieve dryness.

Sleep apnea has several safe and effective treatments. CPAP and oral appliance therapy are two popular options.

Because OSA is a serious medical condition, patients should seek treatment. OSA can raise a person’s risk for diabetes, stroke and heart problems. It often leads to excessive daytime sleepiness.

Common signs of OSA include loud snoring and trouble breathing during sleep. Take this quiz to find out your risk for sleep apnea.

Image by Kate Shirley

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