(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...
That point is well taken. Now let me ask you a different question:
Did you read the rest of my post or just that one sentence? (OK, maybe not so different after all)
Because it appears that you did not, while I certainly did read yours. Twice.
You are welcome to your opinion about what might be more dangerous or more healthy, and I might even agree with you, but you would probably not even realize that because of how you might be forced to answer the question above, if answered truthfully.
Still, what you put forward is an opinion, and only an opinion.
I do not deal in opinions, because opinions often do not matter. I deal in facts, because they always matter, and usually, a whole helluva lot more than any opinion.
I was not disputing your opinion, again which I might even agree with; I was disputing what were presented as facts, in the most possible non-confrontational manner available. And after carefully rereading your post out of courtesy to you
, I stand fully and vigorously by my answer, which is that one does not negate the other; both are separate phenomena and both are something to be taken into account. The last part of that last statement might also be an opinion, but the first part (both before and after the semicolon) is definitely none other than a fact.
And the only reason I deferred to the facts over opinion in the first place is because I have an opinion too, which is that I consider it irresponsible to ignore these facts when someone's health is at stake and they could easily be convinced by opinion instead of facts. I was doing exactly the right thing, and I'd do it again in a New York minute.
If you use CPAP, intraocular pressure increases. That actually IS a fact, if you believe the studies that were done on this. And CPAP improves 02 flow which has many positive results; that too is a fact.
CPAP increases intraocular pressure. CPAP also aids the flow of 02 to the retina and everywhere else that blood flows. Both are facts, and both exist. What is not a fact is that one negates the other. It doesn't.
That you may hold an opinion that one approach may be healthier than the other isn't even an argument against what are the facts, because your opinion has to do with how healthy one thing is as opposed to another, while what I am stating is that CPAP raises intraocular pressure, regardless of whether one or the other approach is healthier.
And whether your opinion reflects truth or not is not the question. But the question is also not whether your opinion invalidates what are the facts. An opinion never invalidates the facts, which is why it is called an opinion, and not a fact.
But there are no facts supporting that using CPAP actually negates the fact that using CPAP increases intraocular pressure, or that improving 02 flow by using CPAP which has been proven in studies to increase intraocular pressure,
negates the side effects of that. And that in itself is also a fact, and not an opinion.
You may think they negate each other, but thinking that is so does not make it a fact, it only makes it an unsupported, unfounded opinion, held, so far, by three people.
The facts will still exist, regardless of opinion.
Opinions can be important. I value your opinion. But facts are undeniably more important
, and certainly more valuable than any opinion, which they will always very greatly outweigh.
And that's a fact.