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Eye health is essential for everyone to maintain, especially as we age. Your ophthalmologist can identify potential problems before you are even aware of them. If something interferes with the natural cycle of the fluid called aqueous humour, entering and draining from your eye, pressure can build and you are at risk for glaucoma as the pressure can damage your optic nerve.
Should you be diagnosed with intraocular pressure (IOP), your doctor can prescribe Betagan Eye Drops or generic Levobunolol to help reduce the pressure and the threat of pressure on the optic nerve that can take your vision. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
When instilled in your eye(s) as directed, Betagan Eye Drops will work as a beta blocker to block the beta receptors located on the ciliary body and the blood vessels that supply it. This action will constrict the blood vessels, which reduces the amount of fluid the vessels filter out to form aqueous humour so the inflow is decreased and the fluid balance is restored.
There are no symptoms of having high intraocular pressure and this is why it’s important to have your eyes examined regularly to correct the situation before any permanent damage to your vision occurs. By the time you start to notice changes to your vision, not necessarily the need for glasses to read or watch television, damage has already begun.
Open-angle glaucoma progresses slower than closed-angle, and vision loss usually occurs to your side or peripheral view. Your ophthalmologist will determine how far the glaucoma has advanced and whether you may or may not benefit from medication, such as Betagan Eye Drops, or surgery.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding before using Betagan Eye Drops to avoid any risks to your unborn or nursing baby. Discuss other medical conditions or allergies with your doctor and list any current OTC or Rx drugs you take or use, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements to determine if Betagan Eye Drops are safe for you to instill.
Your vision will be temporarily impaired after using Betagan Eye Drops so do not drive, operate machinery, or attempt any task that requires proper sight. Remove contact lenses before instilling Betagan Eye Drops and ask your doctor how long to wait before putting them back in. Keep Betagan Eye Drops out of children’s reach and never share any medications with others.