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Whats the difference between selective and non selective beta blockers for glaucoma?
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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In brief: Systemic effects
Beta blocker drugs are effective agents to lower the internal eye pressure in treating glaucoma.
There is some systemic absorption and in sensitive individuals non-selective blockers can lower the maximum heart rate, cause lung spasms and elevate the blood sugar. Selective blockers have less tendency to do these but if you are taking these agents, report changes to your ophthalmologist.

In brief: Systemic effects
Beta blocker drugs are effective agents to lower the internal eye pressure in treating glaucoma.
There is some systemic absorption and in sensitive individuals non-selective blockers can lower the maximum heart rate, cause lung spasms and elevate the blood sugar. Selective blockers have less tendency to do these but if you are taking these agents, report changes to your ophthalmologist.
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