Navigation Links
Common Glaucoma Drug May Cause Droopy Eyelids, Study Finds

FRIDAY, May 24 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs commonly used to treat glaucoma may cause droopy eyelids and other side effects that can interfere with vision, according to a new study.

The drugs, known as prostaglandin analogues (PGAs), which are used to reduce eye pressure, have already been shown to cause blurred vision, dryness and changes in eye color, the researchers said, suggesting that the new findings could lead to labeling changes for PGAs.

Doctors should be conservative when prescribing these drugs, the researchers added, particularly as a preventive measure for patients at risk for glaucoma.

"The loss of periorbital fat was previously described by us in a small series of unilateral PGA users," senior study author Dr. Louis Pasquale, director of the glaucoma service at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, said in an infirmary news release. "Those observations did ultimately lead to a change in drug labeling. These new findings could change labeling for the PGAs, as upper lid [drooping] could aggravate pre-existing visual-field loss."

The study, led by Dr. Mamta Shah, a medical student at Boston University School of Medicine, analyzed 186 women and 157 men over the course of seven months in 2011. Researchers took into account any other glaucoma medications the patients were taking, along with other factors to determine whether PGAs alone caused certain side effects.

They found that PGA use in both eyes was associated with deepened upper eyelid furrows, hollowing of the inferior fat pads in the skin around the eye, droopy upper eyelids with abnormalities in certain muscles around the eye and lower lid retraction.

"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 Pasquale, who also is an associate professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

The study was published May 1 in the journal PLoS ONE.

More information

The U.S. National Eye Institute has more about glaucoma treatments and their side effects.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, news release, May 21, 2013

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Texting in College Classrooms Common, Distracting
2. Recovery from propofol anesthesia may be sped by use of common stimulant
3. Long-term neuropsychological impairment is common in acute lung injury survivors
4. Overuse Injuries Common Among Female College Athletes
5. Common Blood Pressure Drug Safe for Heart Failure: Study
6. Test links strains of common parasite to severe illness in US newborns
7. Common Plastics Chemical Might Boost Diabetes Risk
8. Off-Label Drug Use Appears Common
9. Global, common approach to pharmaceutical supply chain integrity the focus of workshop
10. Slow-growing babies more likely in normal-weight women; Less common in obese pregnancies
11. Common Blood Pressure Drugs May Not Cut Colon Cancer Risk
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... Lizzie’s Lice Pickers just announced a ... customers 10% off of their purchase of lice treatment product. In addition, customers will ... to a company spokesperson. “Finding lice is a sure way to ruin the holidays, ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... LOS ANGELES, CA (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... MPWH, the No.1 Herpes-only ... age of 30 (see Table 1-1 ). More than 3.7 billion people under ... simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), according to WHO's first global estimates of HSV-1 infection ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... A simply groundbreaking television series, "Voices in ... that delves into an array of issues that are presently affecting Americans. Dedicated to ... dialogue, this show is changing the subjects consumers focus on, one episode at a ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... ... CBD College is proud to announce that on November 20th, ... its Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. CBD College is honored to join this very short ... universities in the state of California make the cut. CBD College is officially the ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Avid collector, Andrew Hawley from Vintage Rock Posters, announces his ... is one of Joplin's most famous and beautiful concert posters. The concert was held ... Ann Arbor. The According to Hawley, "It is hard to believe that Joplin's stardom ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... ) has announced ... High Viscosity Drugs" report to their offering. ... addition of the "Self Administration of High ... --> Research and Markets ( ) ... Administration of High Viscosity Drugs" report to ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , Nov. 25, 2015 ... addition of the "Global Brain Monitoring ... offering. --> ) has ... Brain Monitoring Devices Market 2015-2019" report ... and Markets ( ) has announced ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , Nov. 25, 2015  Linden Care, LLC, a ... treatment outcomes for patients suffering from chronic pain, said ... a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) enjoining Express Scripts from ... companies. --> --> ... of its legal options. --> ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: