Latanoprost is a medication used for reducing eye pressure. Specifically, it is used to lower eye pressure in people with open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension to help prevent damage to the optic nerve. This drug comes in the form of an eye drop that is generally used once daily. Common side effects include changes in eye color, blurred vision, and eyelash and eyelid changes.
Latanoprost ophthalmic solution (Xalatan®) is a prescription eye drop approved to lower eye pressure in people with open angle glaucoma or high eye pressure (ocular hypertension).
(Click What Is Latanoprost Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses for this drug.)
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with latanoprost. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. 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 be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Common side effects of latanoprost include but are not limited to:
- Blurred vision
- Burning and stinging
- Eyelash and eyelid changes
- Changes in eye color.
(Click Side Effects of Latanoprost to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)