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What You Should Know About Eye Drops

Instilling eye dropsAbout Eye Drops

Eye drops, used in the treatment of glaucoma work by reducing the intraocular pressure (eye pressure) within the eyes. Increased intraocular pressure is a major risk factor for optic nerve damage. There are several classes of drops, which have different mechanisms of action. Prostaglandins, reduce intraocular pressure by increasing drainage outflow from the eye. Other drop classes reduce the formation of fluid within the eye – such as beta blockers, alpha agonists and carbonic anhydrase inhibitors.

Eye drops are the most common form of treatment for glaucoma. Since glaucoma often has no symptoms, people may be tempted to stop taking, or may forget to take their medication/eye drops. Approximately one half of patients don’t take their glaucoma medication as prescribed, increasing the amount of visual loss caused by glaucoma. It is important that you follow your treatment plan and appointments, as recommended by your doctor. This is because glaucoma is a life-long, often progressive condition, and appropriate treatment can prevent vision loss.

 


How Will I Remember My Medication?

  • Consistency - Always take your eye drop at the same time every day.
  • Send yourself a signal - Set a daily clock, phone or watch alarm to serve as a reminder to take your eye drop medication.
  • Make sure you don’t run out of medication - Once you know how long your medication should last, mark your calendar to refill your prescription one week before you expect to run out.

For those living with glaucoma, treatment is the only way to stop or slow vision loss. To help you keep your medication organised Glaucoma Australia has partnered with MedAdvisor - a FREE app that allows you to keep track of all your scripts in one place and receive reminders to take your medications


 

How to Instil Eye Drops

It is important to instil your eye drops correctly to ensure your glaucoma medication is working effectively and to minimise the risk of side effects.


 

Safety Measures

Follow these simple safety measures when instilling your eye drops and ensure they are stored correctly at a cool, constant temperature away from direct sunlight.


 

FAQ About Eye Drops

Frequently asked questions about eye drops used in the treatment of glaucoma.


 



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