Restful and rejuvenating sleep plays a pivotal and under-appreciated role in systemic health as well as a range of eye conditions. These include the familiar floppy eyelid syndrome, but also pseudotumor cerebri and NAION. Several new studies now link obstructive sleep apnea with glaucoma, recalcitrant diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. Besides preventing disease, good sleep is the foundation of high alertness and attention, good mood, high-quality performance and sharp vision.

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