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Anything to watch out for when using glaucoma eye drops?

I started using Lumigan drops for glaucoma. Is there anything I should know while using this? Things to avoid eating, etc?

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Everything is listed in the package insert. I tell my patients when first starting Lumigan that the white of the eye may be red for the first two weeks and then usually clears and the lashes may become longer and thicker (many women in particular appreciate this known side effect).
Can initially make eyes red but typically well tolerated
Lumigan is a prostaglandin medication. Common side effects include, but are not limited to: iris and eyelid skin pigmentation (darkening of skin), red eyes, possible stinging / burning upon instillation and potential atypical eyelash growth.

There are no specific food items to avoid when using this medication. Nor do you need to avoid sunlight, as with some other systemic medications.

Should you experience any pain, change in or loss of vision, contact your eye care provider.
Thank you for your question. It is important to continue treatment for glaucoma as per your treating doctor. Lumigan is generally a safe drug. It has localized side effects such as pigmentation of the skin, growth of eyelashes and occasionally increasing the pigmentation of your iris. At times, it can also cause fat atrophy around the eyes making your eyes appear more sunken in. This is reversible when stopping the medication. As for the second part of your question, I do not know of any food that would interfere with the medication Lumigan. As far as supplements to help with glaucoma, there is no proven association however glaucoma is a disease which can progress with oxidative damage. Therefore, anti-oxidant foods such as fruits and vegatables with vitamin C and beta-carotene are always better for you and your eyes.
Lumigan has few side effects, but one is notable: it can darken your eyelids, eyelashes, and
your iris color (mostly in hazel or light brown eyes}. It may make the whites of your eyes red, but this effect usually improves with time. If redness persists, it may indicate an allergic reaction, especially if itching accompanies the redness.
Lumigan can typically make your eyes red for the first few weeks that you
are using it. This commonly goes away with time. One other side effect that
some people actually enjoy is the tendency for eyelashes to grow longer and

There aren't any specific food interactions you need to worry about. It is
always a good idea to have a diet rich in antioxidants and leafy green
vegetables to support eye health. Also, avoid smoking and excessive UV
light exposure to help protect your eyes.
If you are using Lumigan you eye color may get darker, you can develop dark circles under your eyes, you eyelashes may get longer and thicker. These drops can also cause dryness.  Some patients may have eye redness for a while. So, make sure to use artificial tears. On the plus side you only need to take it once a day, and it usually lowers the pressure well.

I have noticed when I asked my patients to refrigerate latanoprost /limingan , they felt it didn't sting/burn as much .
Use it at night or anyitme of the day but use it everyday , religiously !!
You don't need to avoid any foods but I would certainly watch for redness, irritation and potential change in eye color if you have light or hazel eyes. Thst bro g said, it's very well tolerated by most patients
Lumigan may cause some periocular changes like darkening of iris and eyelid skin, growing of eyelashes, inflammation of lid margin (blepharitis) and sometimes chronic red eye. Most of the time you get used to it in couple of weeks and not everybody gets side effects.
this medication is very well tolerated by most patient.
- occasionally patients may experience temporary redness and irritation.
- long term use can also lead to pigment changes around eyes and darkening of iris color in some patients
The most common side effects of this medication are mostly topical.
Increasingly "red eyes", eyelid discoloration, eyelash growth & rarely, in very long term use a chance of increasing discoloration of your iris (eye color).
However, this Class of Glaucoma meds is one of the most effective and most commonly prescribed agents in the management of Glaucoma.
You can discuss these issues with your Physician.
There are no food or activity restrictions while using Lumigan. Some of the more common side effects that can occur with that particular medication include, redness, foreign body sensation, stinging, increased pigment around the eyelids, darkening of the iris (colored part of the eye) and increase in the growth of your eyelashes. Hope this helps. Good luck
Lumigan is a prostoglandin inhibiter glaucoma drop. It will make your lashes longer and thicker. It can also create skin and eye hyperpigmentation. If you see the skin or eye getting darker, you will need to discontinue lumigan.
Apply the drop carefully so as not to spill into your skin as it could cause pigmentation or blackish eyelids. So dab with a tissue any excess fluid that overflows from the eye
You should review the package insert to see if you have known allergies with any of the ingredients of the medicine you have been advised to take.
Lumigan, which you have been advised to take.
Also, ask your GP or Internist if he has any concerns regarding this or that eyedrop.

Then read the side effects of a given medication. For example
Lumigan has an effect of occasionally causing increased pigment to adjacent skin and causing longer lash growth and darkening and growth of lashes. This might be bothersome to some users.

Lastly, if you have not already done so, make a complete list of your medicines, how often they are taken and their route of administration (by mouth, inhaled, eyedrops etc.
then keep in a safe easily found place.

Roger Ohanesian MD
You should talk with your eye doctor about it who has excess to all your medical records
Lumigan is a relatively safe glaucoma eye drop which is known as a prostaglandin-analog. I'm not aware of any dietary restrictions with any glaucoma medications. In terms of side effects, the most common are possible burning and stinging upon instillation, eyelash lengthening and growth, and increased iris color pigmentation (especially in light colored irides).
Lumigan has no side effects in the body except for he eyes. There are no diet restrictions.
Lumigan has minimal side effects, however it can cause a red eye, eyelash growth and dark circles under the eye. You do not need to avoid anything in your diet but it is helpful to compress the side of your nose to decrease any systemic absorption of the medication.