Bimatoprost Is Used in Glaucoma Therapy

If you are struggling with ocular hypertension or glaucoma, there is a good chance bimatoprost will be prescribed to ease some of the intraocular pressure in the eye. It can also reduce a person’s adipose fat tissue that can gather around the eye. If you feel you need longer eyelashes, this drug is often recommended. It is sold in Canada, Europe and the United States, often by the name of Lumigan. It is a prostaglandin that is used topically, which is often in the form of eye drops.

Those who use bimatoprost discover that it will help remove some of their intraocular pressure found around the eye. It helps increase the aqueous fluid, which cleanses the eye and all of its surroundings. If this is used as glaucoma therapy, many times the orbital fat (fat around the eye) is limited or even reduced. When you aren’t taking this anymore, sometimes this can be reversed. Experts say it occurs because of the drug’s components.

Over the past few years, people have started using bimatoprost for cosmetic concerns, especially if they wanted fuller eyelashes. Even people who have used it as part of their therapy discovered that their eyelashes got darker and much longer. If this is done, it is considered hypotrichosis treatment. The FDA Dermatologic and Ophthalmic Drugs Advisory Committee recommends it for anyone wanting it for cosmetic purposes. Those who use it may find that they have an increase in brown iris pigmentation, which for some people can end up being permanent.

It is suggested to take out your contact lenses before using the topical cream. If using other eye drops or ointments, this should be done five minutes before or after you have put in the other cream. Then put your contact lenses back in your eyes. It is usually done one time a day.