Increased periocular pigmentation with ocular hypotensive lipid use in African Americans.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

PURPOSE: To report increased eyelid pigmentation as an adverse side effect associated with topical ocular hypotensive lipids in African Americans. DESIGN: Interventional case series. METHODS: Two African-American patients with open-angle glaucoma are described in whom increased eyelid pigmentation developed 1 month to 5 months after beginning treatment with either latanoprost or bimatoprost. RESULTS: Latanoprost was discontinued in an African-American patient, and pigmentation gradually diminished by 3 months after cessation of latanoprost. Increased eyelid pigmentation and increased eyelash length were noted in another African-American patient after just 4 weeks on bimatoprost. CONCLUSIONS: An increase in eyelid pigmentation and eyelash growth is a possible complication of topical ocular hypotensive lipid therapy, even in African-American patients. The changes seems to present earlier after bimatoprost treatment then after latanoprost treatment. Cessation of these medications may lead to loss of induced pigmentation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Herndon, LW; Robert D Williams, ; Wand, M; Asrani, S

Published Date

  • May 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 135 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 713 - 715

PubMed ID

  • 12719085

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9394

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0002-9394(02)02146-3


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States