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Can you please tell me why it'srecommended that people with glaucoma don't take midol and the like?

Can you please tell me why it'srecommended that people with glaucoma don't take midol and the like?

Open angles are okay: Midol contains an antihistamine called pyrilamine. All antihistamines have a potential effect on patients with narrow angle glaucoma. The effects of the antihistamine can dilate the pupil, which in turn can congest the angle. This effect can be too much in a narrow angle eye where the angle is already compromised. This can lead to increased pressures inside the eye and worsen glaucoma. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Chang
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Glaucoma (Definition)

Glaucoma refers to a group of eye conditions that lead to damage to the optic nerve, the nerve that carries visual information from the eye to the brain. In many cases, damage to the optic nerve is due to increased pressure in the eye, also known ...Read more


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Selective laser trabeculoplasty for glaucoma == what is it like?

Selective laser trabeculoplasty for glaucoma == what is it like?

Light flashes: Your ophthalmologist or glaucoma specialist uses this device to administered an moderately intense laser beam to the drainage sites of the eye (meshwork) to cause them to transmit fluid better and lower the internal eye pressure. It is usually painless, rapid and the response follows quickly. ...Read more

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What is glaucoma?

Impaired eye fluid: Glaucoma is a condition in the inside of the eye, in which the fluid (aqueous humor) cannot get out at a low enough pressure to prevent the pressure from causing loss of the nerves and blood vessels at the back of the eye which causes vision to be lost. Measured will be eye pressure, corneal thickness, visual field, and disc structure. These are all part of the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma: Glaucoma is a family of conditions that cause withering of the optic nerve and corresponding defects in the visual field. It may or may not be associated with increased eye pressure. ...Read more

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Does glaucoma hurt?

Does glaucoma hurt?

It can: There are 2 main types of glaucoma, closed-angle (acute) and open-angle (chronic). Acute glaucoma is less common, but can present with sudden eye pain due to an increase in intraocular pressure. Chronic glaucoma commonly does not present with eye pain as the process of the disease is more gradual. Be sure to see your doctor if you are experiencing any eye symptoms or are concerned about glaucoma. ...Read more

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Is glaucoma painful?

Is glaucoma painful?

Not ordinarily: The two main types of glaucoma are open angle ; angle closure. The former is painless and progressive, if not stabilized. The latter also tends to be slow and progressive, but usually gradually closes the drainage angle of the eye. If acute angle closure of the angle occurs, considerable pain results and loss of vision ensues, if not urgently treated by medicine and laser or incisional surgery. ...Read more

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What causes glaucoma?

Mostly unknown: A few cases of glaucoma occur due to trauma, inherited problems and anatomical underpinnings. The majority - 'open angle glaucoma'- is largely age related with no known cause. ...Read more

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Is glaucoma inherited?

Some are: There are many different types of glaucoma, some caused secondarily through trauma or other diseases. But there are some type of glaucoma where genetics are involved but not 100%. In other words just because your parents have it doesn't mean you have to get it. However, risk is certainly higher.... ...Read more

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How is glaucoma defined?

3 factors: Glaucoma is an optic nerve problem, usually consisting of high pressure in the eye, evidence of damage to the nerve on exam and on testing (oct or HRT test) and evidence of damage to the peripheral or 'near central' vision on a visual field test. ...Read more

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How is glaucoma treated?

Many ways : Treatment usually starts with eye drops. As the glaucoma progresses, laser then various incisional surgeries are used. ...Read more

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