Ophthalmology & Optometry/Side effects

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Hello Sir,
        I am 35 years old male from India.I have to use high numbered glasses(-6).I work in shifts so many times I have trouble falling asleep,moreover recently I have been told by my doctor that I have sleep apnea which has been giving me trouble to sleep as well.So in the night or in the day to fall asleep I drink a cough syrup with diphenahydramine named cofryl.It soothes my throat and helps to sleep.But recently I have heard that it can cause some problems for eyes.Could you please advise whether it is adverse for me?

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The meds you're on is classified as an antihistamine .  The common side effects are dry eyes,  blurry vision, pupillary dilation, and contact lens intolerance. The rarer less common side effect is angle closure glaucoma .  Check with your doctor. Good luck

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DR. KENNETH BERGER

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Any and all questions with regard to ocular ailments, eye diseases as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, etc , eye and visual sympomatology, eyeglasses, contact lenses, low or subnormal vision, pediatric vision conditions,and special and unique ailments will be discussed.

Experience

36 years of clinical experience in opticianry and therapeutic optometry. Still in private practice with special interests in vision conditions, diagnosing and treating ocular ailments, prescibing treatment plans which include medicine, eyeglasses, and contact lenses primarily. Although surgery is not within the realm of my area of expertise, I co-manage many pre and post -op surgical cases which include Lasik and PRK procedures.

Organizations
New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians American Optometric Association

Education/Credentials
B.A.,1968, Hunter College of the City University of New York B.S.,1970, Pennsylvania College of Optometry O.D.,1973, Pennsylvania College of Optometry Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Administration Certification, New Jersey 1992

Awards and Honors
Clinical Efficiency Award, 1973, Pennsylvaania College of Optometry

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