What Is Brinzolamide Used For?
Available by prescription, brinzolamide is a drug used for treating certain eye problems in adults, including open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension. It works to lower eye pressure by decreasing the amount of fluid produced by the eye. On occasion, a healthcare provider may prescribe it "off-label," such as when using it to treat acute angle-closure glaucoma.
An Introduction to the Uses of BrinzolamideBrinzolamide (Azopt®) is a prescription eye drop approved to lower the pressure in the eyes (intraocular pressure) in people with the following conditions:
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.
Glaucoma is not a single disease. It is actually 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
- Possible blindness.
Of all the different types of glaucoma, open-angle glaucoma is by far the most common (see Types of Glaucoma).
Although there is no cure for open-angle glaucoma, symptoms can usually be controlled and further damage may be prevented or reduced. The most common glaucoma treatments are:
- Medications (see Glaucoma Medications)
- Traditional surgery (see Glaucoma Surgery)
- Laser surgery (see Glaucoma Laser Surgery).
Brinzolamide can be used by itself or, if necessary, combined with other types of glaucoma medications or treatments.