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Xalatan Eye Drops is an ophthalmic medication that is prescribed to reduce pressure in your eye from open-angle glaucoma or other eye diseases. The front of your eyes is filled naturally with a fluid that is continually being produced by your body as the old fluid is draining out. This fluid can build up if there is a problem with the drainage channels, causing the pressure to intensify.
Administering Xalatan Eye Drops can reduce pressure in your eye by imitating the action of prostaglandins, which are a naturally occurring chemical found in many places in your body. This action causes an increase in the drainage of fluid out of your eye. Xalatan Eye Drops or generic Latanoprost do not cure open angle glaucoma but it can control the pressure inside your eye to prevent further damage. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Glaucoma is a condition that can occur over the course of many years without any symptoms until your peripheral vision becomes impaired, which is why having your vision tested thoroughly on a regular basis is extremely important, especially as you reach your 50’s and older. Regular eye exams are one way of detecting any signs of elevated intraocular pressure or ocular hypertension and receiving the treatment you need to avoid permanent damage to your sight.
Ask your doctor about the safety of administering Xalatan Eye Drops if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding. To determine if Xalatan Eye Drops are right for you, tell your doctor about other medical conditions and allergies you have and list any current OTC or Rx drugs you take or use, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements.
Xalatan Eye Drops should not be administered while wearing contact lenses as they may become damaged. After instilling Xalatan Eye Drops, wait 15 minutes and you can put your contacts back in. Xalatan Eye Drops may cause a gradual change in the color of your eyes as well as an increased growth or thickness of your eyelashes. Do not drive or perform any unsafe tasks until your vision is clear after administering Xalatan Eye Drops.