What types of medications are used to treat chronic open-angle glaucoma?
The first line treatment involves use of medication which are prostaglandin analogues: Xalatan, Travatan or Lumigan. These medications are similar and if your insurance coverage is better for one or the other, let us know and we can switch medication. These medications are used once daily in the evening and increase outflow of aquous from the eye. Side effects are rare and include redness, eye irritation and increased iris pigmentation. Brimondine tartrate – Alphaghan and Alphagen P. These medications are similar and can be interchanged. They work by increasing outflow of aqueous humor from the eye and decreasing production of aqueous. They are used twice per day and can be used with prostaglandin analogues. Side effects can be common and include red eye, dry mouth, headaches, burning eyes and fatigue. Trusopt and Azopt are similar drops and act to reduce aqueous production. They are used twice daily. Both drops should not be used is there is a sulfa allergy. Most common side effects a