Primary open angle glaucoma and snoring: prevalence of OSAS

Eur Ann Otorhinolaryngol Head Neck Dis. 2010 Nov;127(5):159-64. doi: 10.1016/j.anorl.2010.07.003.


Introduction: Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) may be suspected at interview, notably in case of snoring. Various studies suggested a link between primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) and OSAS. The present study sought to determine OSAS prevalence in POAG associated with snoring.

Material and methods: Thirty-one snoring glaucomatous patients prospectively underwent simplified polysomnography. Ophthalmologic examination ruled out secondary glaucoma and assessed the glaucomatous neuropathy.

Results: 49% of the patients included were diagnosed with OSAS. Ophthalmologically, glaucoma showed no specific characteristics.

Conclusion: Given the high-prevalence of OSAS in patients with POAG, presence of snoring should be explored at interview. Conversely, patients who snore should be asked whether they have POAG, and if so, should undergo all-night sleep recording to explore for OSAS.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Glaucoma, Open-Angle / complications*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Prospective Studies
  • Sleep Apnea, Obstructive / complications*
  • Sleep Apnea, Obstructive / epidemiology*
  • Snoring / complications*