Bimatoprost is a prescription medicine licensed to reduce eye pressure. It opens the channels that drain fluid from the eye, which can help the excess eye fluid drain more easily in people with open angle glaucoma or high eye pressure. Bimatoprost comes as an eye drop and is usually applied once daily. Potential side effects include dry eyes, eye itching, and red eyes.
Bimatoprost ophthalmic solution (Lumigan®) is a prescription medication approved to lower eye pressure in people with the following eye conditions:
Bimatoprost is also available as a prescription medication approved to enhance eyelashes (sold under the name Latisse®).
(Click What Is Bimatoprost Used For? for more information on the drug's uses, including possible off-label uses.)
As with any medicine, side effects are possible. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects include, but are not limited to:
- Red eyes
- Increased eyelash growth
- Eye itching
- Dry eyes
- Darkening of the iris (the colored part of the eyes), eye lashes, or eyelids.
(Click Side Effects of Bimatoprost to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)