A 35-year-old male asked:
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how do you know if tropicamide to dilate pupils at eye exam caused glaucoma ? symptoms include heaviness in eyes, mild pain, blurry vision.

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Dr. Amin Ashrafzadeh
24 years experience Ophthalmology
Very uncommon: It is rare that tropicamide would do that, but see your ophthalmologist for a recheck!
Answered on Mar 14, 2013
Dr. Claudio Contreras
34 years experience Ophthalmology
Probably not: Tropicamide is a an eye medication gnerally used to dilate the pupil during an eye examination. There is a minimal risk of inducing angle closure glaucoma in patients who are predisposed to this condition. This predispostion is usually determined before the eyes are dilated. The described symptoms are consistent with the effects of tropicamide which are temporary.
Answered on Mar 30, 2013

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