(05-11-2015, 10:00 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote: Did you read the rest of my post or just that one sentence?
It has been my experience, and the advice from my two eye docs, that it is healthier for the eyes to use the CPAP and benefit from it overall than to not. I was very concerned about this because my eye pressure in my left eye had been steadily rising and changes in the optic nerve was happening. When I mentioned if I should stop use or decrease the CPAP pressure even if it meant less quality treatment, both doctors practically shouted no. It was their opinion (I did not see them both at the same time but on 2 different appts) that my eyes were healthier due to the oxygen I was keeping in my system because I was treating my sleep apnea.
If the use of the device does raise the eye pressure, it typically decreases once the person awakes and the CPAP is turned off. One study done on just 21 patients who were new users and were followed for just one month. Other eye conditions caused by untreated OSA improve or go away with the use of CPAP. The exception is anything to do with eye pressure but not enough studies (just the one) have been done to determine anything else.
The diagnosis of glaucoma does not happen until damage has been done to the optical nerve. One can have ocular hypertension for years and not have damage, which is what I have been experiencing. And, as the OP has said, one can have ocular hypertension and it not be "real" glaucoma (typically caused by blocked drain pipes or by changes to the optic nerve itself).
The reason I believe using a CPAP is better for a person with ocular hypertension than not using it, is simple: the eyes are not the only part of the body that is being strained. Sleep Apnea effects the entire body, every cell, every organ, every system. To not treat sleep apnea is an un-smart thing to do. Oxygen and sleep deprivation is harmful to everything, not just the eyes. The benefits far outweigh the risks.
Thankyou for this post Paula...