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I Was Told I Have Glaucoma And Am Wondering If I Need To Use Eye Drops
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. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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. ...Read more
Laser therapy: The most common method of treating glaucoma is the use of eye drop medications to lower the eye pressure. If the angle of the eye is open then a low energy treatment, selective laser trabeculoplasty (slt) can often be effective in lowering the eye pressure for variable lengths of time. A balanced diet and exercise can also be beneficial in lowering eye pressure as well as maintaining good health. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Many options : Lumigan (and less so Betagan) is a commonly used glaucoma drop. There are other glaucoma drop options, and a relatively benign SLT laser treatment that can also be used to improve glaucoma control. Recommendation options are best made by your eye MD based on your specific situation. ...Read more
Medications: Several classes of medications are prescribed for treating glaucoma. These include: prostaglandin analogues, alpha adrenergic agonists, beta adrenergic antagonists, carbonic anhyrase inhibitors, cholinergic agonists, & hyperosmolar agents. In development are rhokinase inhibitors. Laser and incisional surgical treatments are also options. Primarily though, glaucoma is treated with eye drops. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Glaucoma not painful: If you have glaucoma, and have pain, then the cause is something else than the glaucoma. The only painful glaucoma comes from acute angle closure glaucoma or advanced hemorrhagic glaucoma. The most common glaucomas are painless. If you have pain, discuss this with your ophthalmologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many types: In glaucoma, the internal eye pressure of the eye is elevated beyond the ability of the back of the eye to withstand it. There are 4 different categories of eyedrops to approach this. Some inhibit inflow of fluid into the eye; others increase outflow. Most work well but laser treatment and surgery is available as a next step. ...Read more
Pressure lowering: In glaucoma, the internal eye pressure of the eye is elevated beyond the ability of the back of the eye to withstand it. There are 4 different categories of eyedrops to approach this. Some inhibit inflow of fluid into the eye; others increase outflow. Most work well but laser treatment and surgery is available as a next step. ...Read more
Both: Most eye drops for glaucoma lower the eye's pressure. The lower the pressure, the slower the damage to the vision. The goal is to slow the damage to as close to a standstill as possible. The amount of pressure lowering needed to stop the vision loss is different for everyone and the eyes must be monitored closely by an eye doctor to ensure that no further vision loss is occurring. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Should we use eye drops and get unnecessary side effect if we are only being suspected to have glaucoma?
Depends...: If there are high risk factors for the development of glaucoma, sometimes a doctor may recommend treatment. However at times it is also okay to wait as long as there is close monitoring to assure changes do not occur that cause the condition to turn into glaucoma. If you have concerns, bring them up with your doctor to come up with the best plan for you. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please explain the best way to use eye drops for glaucoma. Leave eyes shut for 2 minutes putting drop in eye?
Can see videos: Online. But best way is whatever gets a single drop into the eye (cul-de-sac or lid lake without touching the bottle to the lid or contaminating tip) without missing the eye either, followed by keeping the eye closed or covering the tear duct for a minute or two to keep the medicine from exiting the lacrimal tear drain. Use the medicine regularly and at correct intervals within reason. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Approx 1 hour after putting in eye drops I briefly shed a tear would this dilute and affect the glaucoma eye drops?
No : The eye drop takes about 5-10 min to be absorbed into the eye. One hour later tears will not dilute it. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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