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New research suggests glaucoma screenings for people with sleep apnoea

New research suggests glaucoma screenings for people with sleep apnoea

People with sleep apnoea are far more likely to develop glaucoma compared to those without the condition, according to new research.

The findings, published in the journal Ophthalmology, suggest there is a significantly higher prevalence for the eye condition, which sees increased pressure in the eye that causes gradual loss of vision.

The researchers reviewed National Health Insurance medical records for 1,012 patients aged 40 and older throughout Taiwan who were diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea between 2001-04, comparing them to 6,072 similar people without the sleep disorder.

They found that the risk of developing the most common form of glaucoma within five years of a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnoea diagnosis was 1.67 times higher than in those without the condition.

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