Some Michigan doctors are warning people that over-the-counter cold medicines can cause a severe form of glaucoma.
Anticholinergic drugs, such as certain cold and flu medicines, can cause acute angle closure glaucoma .
This causes the pupils to dilate, trapping fluid between the iris and cornea.
This creates a lot of pain and pressure, which is often mistaken for migraines or sinus issues.
Some antibiotics and anti-depressants are also anticholinergics.
Although anticholinergics can cause negative side effects for anyone, it is most common for people older than 50 or those with a smaller gap between their iris and cornea to experience this type of glaucoma as a result of taking these medications.
Check the labels on the back of medicines and discuss specific medications with an eye care professional if you are concerned.