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Taking care of yourself is important as you become older and this includes regular eye exams to check for any sign of glaucoma. For many, by the time you notice a change in your vision, some damage to your sight has already occurred as glaucoma is a slow, progressive disease that exhibits no symptoms until it has advanced.
The health of your eyes can be monitored by your optometrist and if anything changes, there is less risk of permanent damage to your vision. If the intra-ocular pressure (IOP) inside your eye becomes too high and poses a possible threat to your sight you could receive an Rx for Isopto Carpine Eye Drops or generic Pilocarpine HCl. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
When administered as directed, Isopto Carpine Eye Drops will act on the small muscles inside your eye and encourages them to increase their activity. This stimulation causes the muscles to pull on the drainage channels in order to speed up the outflow of the aqueous humor. The pressure in your eye is reduced and your ophthalmologist will monitor your progression to be certain glaucoma has been averted or stopped. There is no cure for any loss of sight already caused if glaucoma is present at the time of treatment.
There are several types of glaucoma with open-angle glaucoma being the most common form. The name indicates that the angle where your iris meets the cornea is as wide and open as it should be. If IOP is not diagnosed or treated in a timely manner, this pressure will compress your optic nerve and cause permanent damage to your sight.
For some glaucoma patients, medications have failed to efficiently remove excess fluid in your eye and the pressure will start increasing again. There are surgical procedures and laser treatments that can help to increase the drainage of fluid when other methods have not worked well enough.
Tell your doctor about other medical conditions or allergies you have and list all OTC and Rx drugs you currently take or use, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements. This will help to determine if Isopto Carpine Eye Drops is safe for you to use. Contact lenses should removed before instilling Isopto Carpine Eye Drops and you should wait about 15 minutes before reinserting them.
Always wash your hands before using Isopto Carpine Eye Drops, and do not touch the dropper to any part of your eye to avoid contamination. Never share any medications with others and always keep them out of children’s reach. To reduce the leakage and keep the medicine in your eye after administering Isopto Carpine Eye Drops, close your eyes and place a finger on the inside corner of the treated eye for 1-2 minutes.
Call your doctor or ophthalmologist right away if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction, eye pain, or very bad irritation in the treated eye.