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Insomnia may cause eye diseases

Insomnia is now known to cause some kind of diseases in the body. Then, what kind of an effect does sleeplessness have on eye health?

Dr. Senay Yilmaz from Dunyagoz Etiler informed that insomnia may cause serious diseases like Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy (AION) and may cause loss of sight in middle and old aged adults having sleep apnea past.

How many hours of sleep are needed to have healthy eyes? What kind of problems does sleeplessness cause for eyes? Does oversleeping have a positive effect on eye health? It is possible to ask more questions like these. How should we draw the analogy between sleep and eye health? Dr. Senay Yilmaz from Dunyagoz Etiler denoted that 6-8 hours of a regular sleep a day is needed for a healthy life and eyes. Expressing that people working especially at full stretch need to sleep regularly and rest their eyes for 5-10 minutes after lunch if possible Dr. Yilmaz said: “Studies conducted showed that at least 5 hours of sleep is needed a day. Sleeping at the exact time every evening rests the eyes and sleeping in dark is better for the eyes.”

Desk Job Workers Beware!

Claiming that sleeplessness affects the desk job workers (In front of the PC) most, Dr. Senay Yilmaz warned that for that reason they should rest their eyes in accordance with the 20-20-20 rule. Defining this rule as looking 20 m. Away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes Dr. Yilmaz continued: “People usually blink their eyes 15-20 times in a minute. However, as the concentration level increases the number of blinks decrease. While working in front of the computer the number of blinks decreases to 5 and teardrops evaporate since the eyes are constantly open. This causes eyes to dry. Consciously blinking eyes more often while working in front of the PC for long hours protects the tear film and humidity of the eyes.”

Results of Sleeplessness

Dr. Senay Yilmaz from Dunyagoz Etiler, warned that sleeplessness may cause serious diseases like Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy (AION) and may cause loss of sight in middle and old aged adults having sleep apnea past. Explaining the situation as an inflammatory disease of blood vessels emerging due to aging Dr. Senay Yilmaz said: “Due to the  nadequate blood flow damage occurs in optic nerves and may cause loss of sight”.

Dr. Yilmaz lined up other eye diseases that are caused by sleeplessness as follows:

* Sleeplessness cause supraorbital edema and eyelid swellings or bagging.

* Causes dark rings around eyes.

* Muscle spasms are observed caused by sleeplessness (Twitching). These involuntary muscle contractions are called myokymia. These eyelid spasms are not painful and they do not affect the looks but maybe irritating. Sleeplessness may cause eye dryness. Pain, gritty feeling, burning, light sensitivity, scratchy feeling, redness and blurred vision may be experienced caused by eye dryness.