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glaucoma & pilocarpine eye drops, do the drops help?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Classic treatment: Pilocarpine was the first anti-glaucoma drop developed and has been in use over 100 years. It constricts the pupil and affects the focus of the eye so it has largely been replaced by effective drops that have fewer side effects. It still is a useful agent in some cases and is still available on prescription.
Answered on Jul 5, 2019

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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
If prescribed: Pilocarpine is a classic antiglaucoma medication. It is effective but has fallen out of favor due to its side effects - pupillary constriction and fo ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Eye pressure treatin: Pilocarpine is a classic drug used to lower the internal eye pressure as a treatment for glaucoma. It can also adjust the pupil to help prevent acute ... Read More
A 57-year-old male asked:
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Yes but why: Pilocarpine is not commonly used these days although it is a terrific drop to treat glaucoma. It has no effectiveness for keratoconjunctivitis so why ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
44 years experience Ophthalmology
2 drops: 15 to 20 drops to make 1 ml--depends on the maker of the drop bottle. So approximately 2 drops.
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