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Glaucoma & pilocarpine eye drops, do the drops help?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
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 It constricts the pupil and affects the focus of the eye so it has largely been replaced by effective drops that have fewer side effects.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.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Glaucoma --should I use pilocarpine eye drops?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
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 focusing issues especially in younger patients. You should follow the advice of your ophthalmologist and if he determines a need for this eyedrop, go for it.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Whats the use of pilocarpine eye drops?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
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 glaucoma attacks. It has a number of side effects and must be used frequently each day, so it has fallen out of favor due to more useful eyedrops now available. But it is still useful in some patients.

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