Glaucoma & Cataract, Prof. Eytan Blumenthal | Selective beta-blockers for reducing intraocular pressure in glaucoma

Betoptic / Betoptic-S

How the Medication Works:
Lowers intra-ocular pressure by reducing the amount of fluid (aqueous humor) secreted in the eye. Since less fluid is produced, the pressure in the eye is reduced.

Directions for Taking the Medication:
One eye-drop, twice a day (morning and evening).

Advantages of this Medication:
This medication is similar to the group of beta-blockers like Tiloptic, with one difference: Patients who have asthma or bronchitis can respond negatively to treatment with Tiloptic. However, the likelihood of exacerbation (worsening) of an underlying lung disease is lower with Betoptic. On the other hand, Betoptic is slightly less effective than Tiloptic in reducing intra-ocular pressure.

Family of Medication:
Beta-blockers.

Side-effects:
The side-effects of Betoptic are similar to those of Tiloptic with one exception: there is a smaller risk of exacerbating lung disease such as asthma or bronchitis.

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