Prescription medicines to lower the pressure inside
the eye (intraocular pressure, or IOP) are used
to treat all types of
glaucoma. They work either by reducing the amount of
fluid (aqueous humor) that is produced by the eye or by
increasing the amount of fluid that drains out of the eye. These medicines may
be given as eyedrops, as pills, in liquid form by mouth, or through a vein (in emergency
situations). In most cases, eyedrops are used first.
congenital glaucoma, medicines may be used to decrease
the pressure in the eyes and reduce the cloudiness of the clear front surface
(cornea) of the child's eye. Medicines are usually only used until surgery can be done.
An eye exam -- in your baby's first year? Absolutely.
Children should have age-appropriate assessments for eye problems in the newborn period, and at all subsequent doctor visits. Premature babies, or those with a family history of congenital cataracts, eye tumors, and genetic disease, should be seen by an eye specialist in the nursery.
All babies should be examined by age 6 months to be sure each eye focuses, the eyes are straight, and there is no internal eye disease. This can be done by your...
When glaucoma has already caused vision loss,
further vision loss may occur even after the pressure in the eye is lowered
to the normal range with medicine. Talk to your doctor about the goals of treatment, how long the
medicine will be tried, and the possible side effects. Eye medicines can cause symptoms throughout the body.
need follow-up visits with your doctor to find out whether your medicine is working as well as it should. You can also discuss any side effects or medicine schedule problems.
In most cases, medicines used to treat glaucoma must be continued daily
for the rest of your life.
Medicines that decrease the amount of fluid produced by
the eye include:
Beta-blockers (such as Betagan,
Betimol, Ocupress, and Timoptic).
Learn how to use eyedrops. This can help reduce side effects. If you notice side effects from your glaucoma
medicine, tell your doctor. Your medicine may need to be
If you have closed-angle glaucoma or you are at risk for it, check with a doctor before taking any over-the-counter medicines. You'll need to avoid
medicines that widen (dilate) the pupil, such as antihistamines and motion sickness medicines.
Make sure all your doctors know that you have glaucoma. Tell your eye specialist
what other prescription medicines you are taking.
Carry a wallet card or other identification that states that you have glaucoma. The card needs to list all medicines you are
taking, including glaucoma medicines.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 09, 2014
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