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Common Side Effects

Dorzolamide has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, in which the side effects of a group of people taking the drug are documented. Based on these clinical trials, the most common side effects of dorzolamide (occurring in approximately one-third of people) were eye burning, stinging, or discomfort. These occurred right after a dose. About one-fourth of people reported experiencing a bitter taste.
Other common reactions to dorzolamide (reported in 1 to 15 percent of people) included but were not limited to:
  • Conjunctivitis ("pink eye")
  • Eyelid skin reactions
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye redness
  • Watery eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye sensitivity to the sun
  • Allergic reactions in the eye 
  • Tiny spots of corneal inflammation (known as superficial punctate keratitis).

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the dorzolamide side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while using the eye drops or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to dorzolamide, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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