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If you have recently had an eye exam and been diagnosed with ocular hypertension, your doctor may recommend a prescription to buy Timoptic Eye Drops or generic Timolol to bring down the pressure in your eyeballs to avoid possible vision loss from open-angle glaucoma. Many people feel that if they are not experiencing pain and still have good vision, that their eyes are healthy. This is not always the case as glaucoma does not have any signs or symptoms that your vision is at risk until damage has already been done from the increased pressure of the fluid in your eyes pressing on the optic nerve. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Timoptic Eye Drops are a nonselective beta-blocker that seeks out and binds to the beta receptors in your eye. By doing so, the production of the fluid in your eyes, called aqueous humor, is reduced. Your eyes have a steady fluid supply and drainage action that can become unbalanced if the out-flow is not working as it should. As Timoptic Eye Drops help curb the flow of fluid into your eyes, the drainage of the existing fluid is able to keep up and the intraocular pressure (IOP) is normalized. Your optic nerve is out of danger and your vision is retained.
Open-angle is the more common form of glaucoma and is usually the result of having increased pressure inside your eye from a build-up of aqueous humor due to poor drainage. Ocular hypertension has no symptoms, which is why it is so important to have regular eye exams, especially as you get older. If an ophthalmologist can detect and treat the problem, you can avert possible permanent damage to your sight. Those that are near-sighted or have diabetes are at a higher risk of ocular hypertension.
Ask your doctor about the safety of using Timoptic Eye Drops if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding. To determine if Timoptic Eye Drops are safe for you, tell your doctor about other medical conditions or allergies you have and provide a complete list of Rx drugs and over the counter medications you take or use.
Remove contact lenses before instilling Timoptic Eye Drops and ask your doctor how long you should wait before putting them back in. If you have other eye drops you are required to use, wait at least 10-15 minutes after instilling Timoptic Eye Drops. You should not drive, operate machinery, or attempt any task that may be risky if your vision is temporarily impaired from Timoptic Eye Drops.
To reduce Timoptic Eye Drops from being absorbed systemically, simply instill as directed, close your eyes, then place your thumb and index finger at the inner corners of your eyes (nearest your nose) and apply slight pressure for 2 minutes. This is about how long eye drops take to be fully absorbed and it cannot seep into your tear ducts or beyond.