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Michigan doctors warn cold and flu meds can cause glaucoma

Posted at 9:24 AM, Jan 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-08 13:59:42-05

LANSING, Mich. — Some Michigan doctors are warning people over-the-counter cold medicines can cause severe form of glaucoma.

The ingredient anticholinergic causes acute angle closure glaucoma.

This causes the pupils to dilate,trapping fluid in between the iris and cornea.

The same ingredient can also be found in some antibiotics and anti-depressants.

This creates a lot of pain and pressure which is often mistaken for migraines or sinus issues.

Although the ingredient can affect anyone, it is most common within people over the age of 50 or those with a smaller gap between their iris and cornea.

The only solution to alleviate the pain is a needle in your eye.

To avoid this, check the labels on the back medicine and discuss specific medications with an eye care professional.