Specialist warns: Your sleeping position can lead to vision loss

Assoc. Dr. Aylin Kılıç made important statements that the wrong sleeping position can impair eye health. Assoc. Dr. Stating that the pressure on the eye during sleep will cause vision loss, Aylin Kılıç said, “If we habitually lie on our eyes while sleeping, the continuous pressure on the eye can cause trauma to our corneal layer. If the trauma to the corneal surface continues during the night, especially the thinning of the cornea may lead to anterior cambering. Therefore, patients may develop complaints such as astigmatism, myopia, and low vision. These problems are more common especially at younger ages. Although rare, the disease called keratoconus begins this way. It is more common especially in those who rub their eyes. It is the same to lie on our eyes while sleeping as it is to rub our eyes with pressure in daily life,” he said.

“It can go as far as a corneal transplant”

Touching on the problems caused by the sleeping position in one eye, Assoc. Dr. Aylin Kılıç said, “For example, when a patient comes to us with vision loss, there is a problem in one eye, while the other eye can be 100 percent healthy. In order to understand the incoming patient, when we ask the reason for the vision loss, for example, when we say are you rubbing your right eye, we ask about the sleeping positions if the person states that he or she cannot rub.

After the patient says ‘I lie on my right eye, I put my hand under it’, we understand that the underlying reason is actually the sleeping position. Since patients cannot change their habits, the problem may progress gradually. For this, we recommend that they sleep without putting pressure on the eyes. In addition, rubbing the eye and pressing the eye in daily life is also a trauma. The cornea layer on the surface of the eye is elastic. If we continue to put pressure on this layer, thinning of the cornea and anterior cambering develops. In this case, we prepare the ground for problems such as myopia and astigmatism. These diseases cannot be corrected with glasses. We resort to surgical interventions to stop them. In some cases, we can even go as far as corneal transplantation because the keratoconus disease is very advanced and vision loss increases.

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