Side effects of drugs for glaucoma

Prostaglandin analogues, drugs which lower intraocular pressure, are often prescribed to people with glaucoma. However, a recent study found that they are not harmless.

 

It was already known that prostaglandin analogues (PGAs) could produce certain side effects, such as blurred vision, dryness or changes in eye colour. A new study, recently published in PLOS ONE, describes other side effects, namely the loss of periorbital fat in the upper and lower lid and the presence of ptosis (the drooping of an organ due to slackening of the muscles or ligaments that support it). Ptosis of the upper lid could aggravate visual field loss.

 

The researchers studied 343 patients over 7 months in 2011. “Because PGAs are a first line of treatment for glaucoma, these results provide physicians with one reason to reconsider when they should be added in new patients, particularly those where the aim is to prevent glaucoma such as in ocular hypertension patients or glaucoma suspects,” said Dr. Louis R. Pasquale, director of the Glaucoma Service at Massachusetts Eye and Ear.

Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130521121505.htm

 

Featured Posts

Bausch + Lomb Will Present Scientific Data and Analyses During World Cornea Congress

One Podium and Two Poster Presentations Will Highlight Pre-Clinical and Clinical Data for Investigational Treatment NOV03, as well as Data from Company’s Unique ARMOR Surveillance Study

Learn More

Transitions and OAC Now Accepting Applications for the 2022 Students of Vision Scholarship Program

This year students will be asked to discuss the importance on diversity and multicultural efforts in eye care

Read more

Travel Yukon and Enchroma Help People With Colourblindness See the Northern Lights

Travel Yukon and EnChroma came together to make the show-stopping northern lights more accessible than ever before for the colourblind, and provided one Canadian with the chance to see this natural phenomenon in full colour for the first time.

Read more

And the 2022 SILMO d’Or Goes To…!

Here are the winners, by category:

Read more

AYA’s Huron: A Modern Twist to a Classic Style

The Huron is a classic styling with a modern twist. This lightweight stainless-steel model has subtle detailing to make for a very professional yet creative looking frame.

Read more

Bausch + Lomb Will Present Scientific Data and Analyses During World Cornea Congress

One Podium and Two Poster Presentations Will Highlight Pre-Clinical and Clinical Data for Investigational Treatment NOV03, as well as Data from Company’s Unique ARMOR Surveillance Study

Learn More

Transitions and OAC Now Accepting Applications for the 2022 Students of Vision Scholarship Program

This year students will be asked to discuss the importance on diversity and multicultural efforts in eye care

Read More

Travel Yukon and Enchroma Help People With Colourblindness See the Northern Lights

Travel Yukon and EnChroma came together to make the show-stopping northern lights more accessible than ever before for the colourblind, and provided one Canadian with the chance to see this natural phenomenon in full colour for the first time.

Read More

And the 2022 SILMO d’Or Goes To…!

Here are the winners, by category:

Read More

AYA’s Huron: A Modern Twist to a Classic Style

The Huron is a classic styling with a modern twist. This lightweight stainless-steel model has subtle detailing to make for a very professional yet creative looking frame.

Read More

Bausch + Lomb Will Present Scientific Data and Analyses During World Cornea Congress

One Podium and Two Poster Presentations Will Highlight Pre-Clinical and Clinical Data for Investigational Treatment NOV03, as well as Data from Company’s Unique ARMOR Surveillance Study

Learn More

Transitions and OAC Now Accepting Applications for the 2022 Students of Vision Scholarship Program

This year students will be asked to discuss the importance on diversity and multicultural efforts in eye care

Read more

Travel Yukon and Enchroma Help People With Colourblindness See the Northern Lights

Travel Yukon and EnChroma came together to make the show-stopping northern lights more accessible than ever before for the colourblind, and provided one Canadian with the chance to see this natural phenomenon in full colour for the first time.

Read more

And the 2022 SILMO d’Or Goes To…!

Here are the winners, by category:

Read more

AYA’s Huron: A Modern Twist to a Classic Style

The Huron is a classic styling with a modern twist. This lightweight stainless-steel model has subtle detailing to make for a very professional yet creative looking frame.

Read more

Bausch + Lomb Will Present Scientific Data and Analyses During World Cornea Congress

One Podium and Two Poster Presentations Will Highlight Pre-Clinical and Clinical Data for Investigational Treatment NOV03, as well as Data from Company’s Unique ARMOR Surveillance Study

Learn More

Transitions and OAC Now Accepting Applications for the 2022 Students of Vision Scholarship Program

This year students will be asked to discuss the importance on diversity and multicultural efforts in eye care

Read more

Travel Yukon and Enchroma Help People With Colourblindness See the Northern Lights

Travel Yukon and EnChroma came together to make the show-stopping northern lights more accessible than ever before for the colourblind, and provided one Canadian with the chance to see this natural phenomenon in full colour for the first time.

Read more

And the 2022 SILMO d’Or Goes To…!

Here are the winners, by category:

Read more

AYA’s Huron: A Modern Twist to a Classic Style

The Huron is a classic styling with a modern twist. This lightweight stainless-steel model has subtle detailing to make for a very professional yet creative looking frame.

Read more