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Is it okay to wear contacts if I take drops for eye pressure?

Is it okay to wear contacts if I take drops for eye pressure?

Yes: Best to remove the contacts and wait for a few minutes after instilling the drops before putting the contacts back in. Otherwise, the contacts can soak up the medication. ...Read more

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What causes pressure in my eyes when i wear sunglasses, eyeglasses and contacts and what can I do about it?

What causes pressure in my eyes when i wear sunglasses, eyeglasses and contacts and what can I do about it?

Eye strain?: Your prescription may be off. Often, an inaccurate prescription will create a pressure sensation, as your eyes try and compensate. I would recommend you have your prescription double checked by your eye doctor. ...Read more

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I get pressure in both eyes at times. I saw an optometrist who said everything was fine. Is it possible I have glaucoma? I wear contacts daily also.

I get pressure in both eyes at times. I saw an optometrist who said everything was fine. Is it possible I have glaucoma? I wear contacts daily also.

Pressure: Feeling pressure is often different than having "eye pressure". It could be due to dryness, strain, inflammation, etc. If you had a thorough exam and the eye pressure was normal and you had basic testing to rule out glaucoma then you are most likely ok. Of course you should still get annual exams or more often if you have a family history of eye problems. ...Read more

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My eye exam revealed "low pressure glaucoma". Why should I have to take eye drops for this problem. Are there any alternatives to the prescribed drops?

My eye exam revealed "low pressure glaucoma". Why should I have to take eye drops for this problem. Are there any alternatives to the prescribed drops?

LTG and drops: There are several studies that have shown despite a low/normal pressure low tension glaucoma (ltg) has progressive loss of vision. In these studies the rate of loss was reduced by using eye drops even though not much perceived pressure drop was noted! given how young you are, best to comply with use of drops. ...Read more

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I take the eye drop brimonidine in the morning it drops my blood pressure to 90/60 for 4 To 5 hours then it goes back to normal 128/77 side effect?

I take the eye drop brimonidine in the morning it drops my blood pressure to 90/60 for 4   To 5 hours then it goes back to normal 128/77 side effect?

Unlikely: Brimonidine is not associated with low systemic blood pressure. Certain drops can raise the blood pressure or cause breathing difficulties. Are you using any other eye drops or medications? ...Read more

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I wear contacts have eyelid swelling and slight red eye. Some pain when pressure is applied. What could be the problem and what should I do?

I wear contacts have eyelid swelling and slight red eye.  Some pain when pressure is applied. What could be the problem and what should I do?

May be an infection: If you are still wearing the lenses, put some rewetting drops or artificial tears in and remove the lenses. Sometimes these could be symptoms of lens overwear. If there is continued pain, redness, blurred vision, discharge, or light sensitivity, see an ophthalmologist immediately because this could be a corneal ulcer. Don't wear the lenses for at least a day, even if the symptoms resolve. ...Read more

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My eyes pressure was 28/16 before putting eye drops after which it came down to 14/14. Will I have to continue with the drops ?

My eyes pressure was 28/16 before putting eye drops after which it came down to 14/14.  Will I have to continue with the drops ?

Depends: Most likely yes, if the concern is for gluacoma. A pressure of 28 is usullay too high for most eyes. 14 is more approprialte and will most likely prevent glaucoma from starting or progressing. You will most likely need to continue to take them. The determination to stop or change how you treat and prevent progression of glaucomatous damage must be made by you eye md. ...Read more

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Eye pressure is 28-31. If slt reduces pressure to 25 is it possible that will be enough to stabilize and watch without using drops?

Eye pressure is 28-31. If slt reduces pressure to 25 is it possible that will be enough to stabilize and watch without using drops?

No: Assuming that SLT has been appropriately advised for a pressure of 28-31, reaching a pressure of 25 will NOT be low enough. ...Read more

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