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Can a person affected by narrow angle glaucoma use contact lenses?

Can a person affected by narrow angle glaucoma use contact lenses?

Contacts: Patients with glaucoma can wear contacts. If glaucoma drops are being used, drops are used before the contacts are put on or after contacts are removed. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Chang
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Can people who have narrow angle glaucoma use contact lenses?

Can people who have narrow angle glaucoma use contact lenses?

Of course: If you know you have narrow angle glaucoma, you probably have had the diagnosis made and the treatment (laser peripheral iridotomy) already administered. There is no relationship between these features and the ability to wear contacts. So if that is your wish, discuss with you ophthalmologist to get the proper design and fit. ...Read more

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Is there a safe sinus relief medication for a person with narrow angle glaucoma ? I have had bilateral iridotomy

It depends: Sometimes, despite iridotomies, the angle may remain narrow and any drugs that cause pupil dilation, either systemic or nasal spray, can increase angle closure and cause elevated pressure. I will sometimes recommend a mild nasal steroid if there is no evidence of infection. You need to consult with your eye surgeon as to the severity of your narrow angles and weigh risks/benefits of treatment. ...Read more

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What are some early signs of narrow angle glaucoma?

Pain, blur: Intermittent or early angle closure may have no symptoms, or may manifest with pain, aching over the brow, blurred vision, seeing haloes around lights. Other things can also cause these symptoms, but if you are having them, they warrant evaluation with a complete exam. ...Read more

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Why is glycopyrrolate contraindicated if narrow angle glaucoma?

Why is glycopyrrolate contraindicated if narrow angle glaucoma?

Open angles are okay: Glycopyrrolate is an anticholinergic, which has a potential effect on patients with NARROW angle glaucoma. The effects can transiently dilate the pupil, which in turn can congest the angle where the natural drainage system is. This effect can be too much in a narrow angle eye where the angle is already compromised. This can lead to acutely increased eye pressures and worsen glaucoma. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is glycopyrrolate contraindicated in narrow angle glaucoma? Why?

Is glycopyrrolate contraindicated in narrow angle glaucoma? Why?

Maybe: Glycopyrrolate is an antimuscarinic agent and could make your pupils dilate. If you have an angle prone to acute angle closure, this drug could induce an attack. I am curious why you ask about this drug, as it is not something normally prescribed by any clinic doctor and commonly only used by anesthesiologists during general anesthesia. ...Read more

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Why is diphenhydramine contraindicated in narrow angle glaucoma?

It can increase IOP: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090328145710aa3jfbq it has anti-cholinergic properties that can cause intra-ocular pressure in the eye to increase, due to obstruction of the normal flow of fluid out of the eye. The link above explains it in more detail. ...Read more

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Can people with acute narrow-angle glaucoma take xanax (alprazolam)?

Can people with acute narrow-angle glaucoma take xanax (alprazolam)?

Yes and no: After a thorough eye exam with gonioscopy, it my be determined by your ophthalmologist that a prophylactic laser iridotomy will free you to use medications that otherwise would be contraindicated with a narrow angle. ...Read more

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What if I have narrow angle glaucoma-- what allergy medications are safe?

Laser: Have you had laser peripheral iridotomy and/or goniotomy to prevent closure? The medications that can exacerbate angle closure are anything that dilates the eye, Antihistamines and decongestants; Asthma medicines; Motion sickness medicines, and some medicines used to treat depression (tricyclic antidepressants) ...Read more

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