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If you have narrow
drainage angles or you have long-term (chronic)
closed-angle glaucoma, you may need to avoid
medicines that widen (dilate) the pupil, the dark spot in the center of the
eye. Having wide pupils when you have these other problems may cause acute closed-angle glaucoma. This is a dangerous condition that requires medical care
right away to prevent lasting damage to your eye.
Some examples of prescription and over-the-counter medicines that may dilate the pupils are:
Talk with your eye specialist about medicines that you should not
Other Works Consulted
American Academy of Ophthalmology (2005).
Primary Angle Closure (Preferred Practice Pattern). San
Francisco: American Academy of Ophthalmology. Also available online:
February 28, 2012
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
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