Glaucoma and Eye Drops – Dr Sonya Bennett
The only proven treatment to stop the optic nerve damage getting worse is to lower the pressure in the eye. Glaucoma specialist – Dr Sonya Bennett provides an understanding of how lowering the pressure works, talks broadly about eye drops in a simplified way, and discusses the challenges with eye drop treatment for both the patient and the eye specialist. Dr Bennett also provides insight into what might be on the horizon for glaucoma treatment in this area.
Glaucoma medications come in different strengths and combinations. Doctors try to use the smallest amount of medication that offers you the best results with the fewest side effects. Sometimes several medications that complement each other are necessary to reduce the pressure adequately.
Medications must be taken on a daily, regular basis to control the pressure in your eye. You will need to use the drops and/or pills as long as they help to control your eye pressure. This is very important. Click here for tips about managing your eye drops
Eye Drops: Prostaglandin Analogues
Examples: Xalatan, Travatan, Lumigan
Eye drops: Beta-blockers
Examples: Apo-timopt, Timoptol XE, Betagan, Timolol
Other types of eye drops include:
'Side effects' of medications
A side effect is any action produced by a drug beyond the intended one of lowering the eye pressure. Some patients have no side effects whatsoever, while others find the side effects so severe they are not able to tolerate the eye drops. A drug may cause side effects in some people and not others.
One of the big challenges faced by glaucoma patients is that of having to take medications to control a disease that is usually painless and has no symptoms. It is important to tell your doctor of any new health problems or concerns that have developed since starting with your eye drops. Your doctor will tell you if it is a known side effect of the drug you are taking. What you should not do is skip taking the medications and lose vision because of side effects.