Betoptic is a medicine that is used for reducing eye pressure in people who have chronic open angle glaucoma or high eye pressure. The medication comes in two different forms, a regular solution and a suspension; only the suspension is approved for use in children. Although many prescription drugs are used for "off-label" purposes, there are currently no off-label uses for Betoptic that are universally accepted.
Betoptic® (betaxolol hydrochloride) eye drops are available by prescription only and are approved for lowering eye pressure in people with the following conditions:
Betoptic comes in two different forms -- regular Betoptic (a solution) and Betoptic S® (a suspension). In the solution, the medication is dissolved in the liquid and does not need to be shaken. In the suspension, the medication is not dissolved and must be shaken well before each dose.
Glaucoma is a group of diseases sharing certain features such as high pressure within the eye (intraocular pressure), damage to the optic nerve, loss of peripheral (side) vision, and possibly blindness. Of all the different types of glaucoma, open angle glaucoma is by far the most common (see Types of Glaucoma).
Not everyone with high eye pressure has glaucoma, although high eye pressure can lead to glaucoma. Effectively treating high eye pressure can help prevent glaucoma. Although there is no cure for open angle glaucoma, symptoms can usually be controlled. The most common treatments are:
- Medications (see Glaucoma Medications)
- Traditional surgery (see Glaucoma Surgery)
- Laser surgery (see Glaucoma Laser Surgery).
Although Betoptic effectively lowers the pressure in the eye, it is not a cure for glaucoma or high eye pressure. If treatment is stopped, the eye pressure will increase again. Betoptic is a good choice for people who must normally take two different medications for treating glaucoma or high eye pressure, since it is taken just once a day.