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A 18-year-old female asked:

How long can timolol treatment for suspected glaucoma last?

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Dr. Lee Yasgur
Ophthalmology 46 years experience
Not to treat: In most cases of chronic glaucoma in the USA, the disease in young adults is very slowly progressive over many years. In 'Suspect' cases, there is NO Evidence of damage to any vision, and NO evidence of damage to any ocular nerve tissue. In those cases, retesting a couple of times a year , and looking for other causes of the suspicious findings, are more prudent than immediately treating.
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Dr. Michael Kermani
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Additionally, there are other classes of eye drops which may be more gentle with less likely side-effects than Timolol, which is a beta-blocker medication. If an oral beta-blocker medication is being used (such as for high blood pressure), it will be especially prudent to choose another category of eye drop if glaucoma is diagnosed.
Aug 29, 2014

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