Betoptic is categorized as a beta-adrenergic blocking medication (more commonly known as a beta blocker). As the name implies, such medications work by blocking beta receptors in the body. Beta receptors are located in a number of places within the body, including the eyes. Betoptic lowers the pressure in the eye by decreasing the amount of fluid produced by the eye (known as aqueous humor).
Regular Betoptic solution is not approved for children or adolescents, as it has not been adequately studied in these age groups. However, Betoptic S suspension is approved for use in children.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Betoptic for something other than high eye pressure or open angle glaucoma (this would be known as an "off-label" use). At this time, however, there are no universally accepted off-label uses of Betoptic.