A study reports that there may be a possible link between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and a condition with the unlikely name of floppy eyelid syndrome (FES). In fact, researchers say that the link may be so strong that the presence of one disorder should be a signal to look for the other.
Sleep apnea is a condition where people stop breathing while they're sleeping. This disrupts restful sleep, obviously, but it also can play a role in other serious health problems like heart disease and diabetes.
Floppy eyelid syndrome refers to the rubbery upper lids that sufferers have. The eyelids can flip up during sleep so people are sleeping with their eyes open. This can cause dry eyes and may create a discharge.
"The good news? The study notes that a patient with FES was cured once he was treated with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask. Today, a CPAP machine is our best therapy for treating OSA."