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A 22-year-old member asked:

can carbamazepine cause glaucoma?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Maybe: Tegretol is an anti-cholinergic medication and may cause acute pressure increases in those with narrow anatomical drainage angles (closed angle glaucoma). It is generally safe in patients with open-angle glaucoma but should be observed closely.
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Yes: Can induce angle closure glaucoma as well as rarely uveal effusion that can cause bilateral acute angle closure glaucoma.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Is my glaucoma likely to get worse during my pregnancy?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Aileen Caceres
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes and No: According to the glaucoma research foundation, glaucoma among pregnant women may actually improve. It is important to be aware of the changes that are going on in your body during pregnancy and how they could affect your eyesight. In general, eye pressure actually tends to decrease in pregnant women, possibly due to the body’s hormonal changes. This may be beneficial to some women with glaucoma.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is glaucoma genetic?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Multifactorial: Some glaucoma types have been mapped to specific genes through genetic linkage analysis and genome wide association studies, but this is a small percentage of glaucoma cases. Glaucoma is likely an interplay of genetic susceptibility as well as aging and other factors especially since there are many types.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between narrow-angle glaucoma and other types of glaucoma?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Narrow drain: Narrow angle glaucoma refers to when the drain or trabecular meshwork of the eye is blocked visually when viewed. In other words, there is scarring across the drain of the eye, or possibly a shallow anterior chamber (small eye) with a large lens makes the drain approach narrow with the iris up again the meshwork. This is differentiated from open angle though mixed states exist.
A 21-year-old member asked:

If I have chamomile tea if I have glaucoma?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Yes: Chamomile tea has not been demonstrated to increase eye pressure or reduce efficacy of glaucoma drops. In fact, some followers of natural and homeopathic medicine claim to see pressure improvement.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Does head banging cause glaucoma?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
No: Trauma to the eye (directly) can cause glaucoma however. Also exercise can potentially lead to glaucomatous attacks in patients with underlying pigment dispersion syndrome.

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