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Living With Glaucoma

Is over-the-counter sleep medication safe to take with glaucoma?

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  • AGeorge Williams, MD, Ophthalmology, answered on behalf of American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart
    Many over-the-counter medications have warnings for patients with glaucoma. These medications can shallow the front chamber of the eye in patients who have narrow-angle glaucoma. While you need to ask your ophthalmologist if sleep aids are safe for you, most patients with pigment-dispersion syndrome have a deep anterior chamber and can safely take most over-the-counter medications.
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