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Bimatoprost ophthalmic solution is a topical medication which is widely used for controlling the progress of glaucoma and ocular hypertension, by lessening the intraocular pressure. This type of medication refers to being applied to a particular place in the body.It works bysuccessfully increasing the outflow of aqueous fluid from the user’s eyes. There are both medical and cosmetic uses of bimatoprost which are:
· Medical usage:
Bimatoprost is used primarily for the treatment process in an open angle glaucoma along with ocular hypertension in patients (Adult). This is also taken with a combination of beta blockers, which are medications that are particularly used to manage abnormal heart rhythms and just to generally protect your heart. Researches have shown bimatoprost to be more effective than timolol in reducing the intraocular pressure (IOP).
· Cosmetic usage:
Bimatoprost when applied in the form of a gel suspensionat the base of the upper eyelid eyelashes in order to significantly increase the length of the eyelashes. This medication has also been FDA approved for being used in order to darken and lengthen the eyelashes. The medical term for this treatment procedure is known as hypotrichosis.
Side effects of Bimatoprost:
Some of the noticeable side effects of bimatoprost usage include:
- Eye redness
- Eye discomfort
- Itching in the eye
If any of these side effects persists for a long duration of time then it is important for you to get medical help immediately. Hair grows in areas apart from the skin where this medication is frequently applicated. Be sure to wipe away the extra medication after applying it to the margins of your eyes.
Some side effects are specific in the cosmetic formulation that is applied on the skin at the base of the eyelashes rather than being directly instilled inside the eyes. Infection can also occur if the applicator is reused by someone else. One of the side effects is also the darkening of eyelids or of the area under the eyes. Studies have shown that wiping the eyes with an absorbent pad after the usage of eye drops which may result in shorter eyelashes and a lowered chance of hyperpigmentation inside the eyelid. It may also cause a permanent brownish pigmentation in the colored part of the eyes.
A very serious allergic reaction due to bimatoprostis highly unlikely and a very rare condition, but if this starts occurring then you are advised to seek immediate help. Although symptoms for a severe allergic reaction includes: swelling of tongue and throat, extreme dizziness and troubled breathing.
Things to know while taking bimatoprost:
- Let your primary healthcare provider know about the fact that you take this medicine.
- Activities that demand a clear eye sight and flawless vision, like driving or handling machinery, then the eye drops should be avoided or taken after the completion of these activities.
- Not applicable for children under the age of 16 years old.
- Let your doctor if you have suffered from any sort of eye injury, eye infection or have/will undergo some sort of an eye related surgery.
- Have your eye pressure and sight checked regularly as you have been advised by your doctor.
How does bimatoprost work?
This synthetic drug resembles and mimics the effects of naturally occurring chemicals that is produced by the body and is used for intraocular pressure or assists in the growth of eyelashes. Although the exact mechanism of the action is unknown it still helps in getting rid of vision loss problems and other optic nerve damages.
Before starting the usage of bimatoprost let your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to any if the eye drop’s ingredients. They may contain inactive ingredients like, benzalkonium which can cause severe allergic reactions and other related problems. Before using these eye drops be sure your doctor knows about your complete medical history especially if you have suffered from glaucoma or other eye related problems in the past. If you develop a new eye related condition during the usage of these eye drops then quickly start using a new bottle after talking to your doctor about it. This medicine should not be used during the pregnancy period.