What You Should Know About Eye Drops
About Eye Drops
Eye drops, used in the treatment of glaucoma work by reducing the intraocular pressure (eye pressure) within the eyes. Increased intraocular pressure is a major risk factor for optic nerve damage. There are several classes of drops, which have different mechanisms of action. Prostaglandins, such as latanoprost, travoprost and bimatoprost reduce intraocular pressure by increasing drainage outflow from the eye. Other drop classes reduce the formation of fluid within the eye – such as beta blockers (eg timolol), alpha agonists (eg brimonidine, apraclonidine) and carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (eg dorzolamide, brinzolamide).
Eye drops are the most common form of treatment for glaucoma. Since glaucoma often has no symptoms, people may be tempted to stop taking, or may forget to take their medication/eye drops. Approximately one half of patients don’t take their glaucoma medication as prescribed, increasing the amount of visual loss caused by glaucoma. It is important that you follow your treatment plan and appointments, as recommended by your doctor. This is because glaucoma is a life-long, often progressive condition, and appropriate treatment can prevent vision loss.
How Will I Remember My Medication?
For those living with glaucoma, treatment is the only way to stop or slow vision loss. To help you keep your medication organised Glaucoma Australia has partnered with MedAdvisor - a FREE app that allows you to keep track of all your scripts in one place and receive reminders to take your medications
How to Instil Eye Drops
It is important to instil your eye drops correctly to ensure your glaucoma medication is working effectively and to minimise the risk of side effects.
Follow these simple safety measures when instilling your eye drops and ensure they are stored correctly at a cool, constant temperature away from direct sunlight.
FAQ About Eye Drops
Frequently asked questions about eye drops used in the treatment of glaucoma.