A recently published study in the Journal of Glaucoma shows that obstructive sleep apnea may be a risk factor for glaucoma, as reported by Healio.

The paper outlined the inclusion criteria: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) was diagnosed by physicians, polysomnography or respiratory polygraphy; the researchers selected only cohort or case-control studies; and the relationship between OSA and risk for glaucoma in terms of odds ratio, relative risk and hazard risk was available.

Compared with the non-OSA group, OSA was associated with more frequent glaucoma, the authors said. Chinese OSA patients had a higher risk of developing glaucoma than people in other countries.

The researchers also suggested that female and younger OSA patients may have a higher risk for glaucoma.

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