New York, NY (December 2010) -- The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary sponsored an international teleconference on “The Effect of Sleep Apnea on Glaucoma” to the faculty, residents, and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of São Paulo School of Medicine, São Paulo, Brazil. Robert Ritch, MD, FACS, FRCOphth, Shelley and Steven Einhorn Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmology, Professor, Surgeon Director and Chief, Glaucoma Services at NYEE presented the lecture on December 15, 2010.
On the NY side of the teleconference, fellows and attending physicians included: (L to R) Sung-Chul Park, MD; Gustavo de Moraes, MD; Robert Ritch, MD; Christopher Teng, MD,
and Daniel Hayes, MD.
Dr. Ritch elaborated a new theory that damage in high pressure glaucoma progresses during the day, but that in normal-tension glaucoma, it progresses at night, since the major risk factors for the latter disorder include low blood pressure, sleep apnea, and decreased ocular blood flow. These mechanisms, along with metabolic and biochemical abnormalities, can lead to the death of the retinal ganglion cells which carry the visual impulses from the eye to the brain.
The lecture is the first of a series of international teleconferences aimed to improve and share the knowledge of glaucoma around the world. More conferences are planned to developing nations on every continent in numerous subjects.
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