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A 21-year-old member asked:

How do i take my glaucoma eye drops?

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Watch videos: There are several videos on youtube demonstrating proper and varying techniques for instilling eyedrops. Best to steady yourself, let gravity help you, don't touch the bottle tip to the eye, and only let 1 drop come out since that is already plenty for the size of the tear lake. Close your eyes after to help the drop to absorb into the eye, and space drops apart.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Eye drop administrat: It is important to understand that if a drop enters the eye space at any location, it will spread over the whole eye with the first blink. You do not need to aim for the center or some special location. The blink removes any excess - drops are calibrated so that what is left after one blink is the proper amount for activity. Forget what rolled down your cheek.
Dr. Jennifer Lee
Obstetrics and Gynecology 21 years experience
Only around 1/7th of an eye drop actually is absorbed by your eye. Don't worry if it seems like most of it comes out!
Feb 1, 2012
Dr. Michael Sayegh
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
It is also important to wait 5 minutes in between drops to maximize absorption
Feb 2, 2012
Dr. Moonyoung Chung
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Glaucoma drops: Tilt your head back while seated or lay down. Hold the bottle above your eye, approximately one inch, look up slightly and squeeze the bottle to release one or two drops into your eye. You will feel moisture in your eye.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Drop administration: Addendum to dr. Chung. Drops like the prostaglandin inhibitors literally have a one month supply contained. If a patient administers two drops per administration, they will not have enough for the month and most insurances allow only one refill per month. My advice; carefully use only one drop as much as possible.

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A member asked:

What if i forget to take my glaucoma eye drops?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Dahl
Ophthalmology 55 years experience
Not a good idea: In most cases of glaucoma, rarely (once or twice a year) omitting eye drops will not create a serious problem. However, if you have visual loss from glaucoma, having the pressure go up even briefly may cause further loss of vision.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What eye drops combat glaucoma?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
There are so many!: and only your eye doctor, or glaucoma specialist knows which one is best to use in your case. There has to be an initial workup done of your vision, visual fields, intraocular pressure taken, and optic nerve topography to look at the extent of glaucoma present. Then each individual drops available depends on what other medical conditions or medications you are on. All are prescription only.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What eye drops are used for glaucoma?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Many types: Eye drops for glaucoma treat the internal elevated pressure by lower it. This can take the form of drops that lower the inflow or that increase the outflow. Drug companies are constantly working to improve the effectiveness, comfort and use of fewer drops to accomplish this goal.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Do all glaucoma eye drops grow eyelashes?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Fiore
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
No: Only those drops that fall under the prostaglandin classification have the side effect of growing long lashes. Such drugs go by the trade names of lumigan, travatan z and Xalatan (no generic latanoprost). Latisse (bimatoprost) is Lumigan that is applied to the lashes for the sole purpose of growing long lashes and is a cosmetic form of the medication available by prescription.
A 50-year-old member asked:

Does every glaucoma eye drops grow lashes?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
No: The eyedrops which cause lash growth are one of the four types that are termed prostaglandin inhibitors. None of the other types of drops will do this.

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