What Is Levobunolol Used For?

Levobunolol is a medication that is licensed to lower eye pressure in people who have open angle glaucoma or high eye pressure (ocular hypertension). This prescription eye drop is only approved for adults and works by decreasing the amount of fluid produced by the eye. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label uses of levobunolol.

What Is Levobunolol Used For?

Levobunolol hydrochloride (Betagan®) is a prescription medication approved to help lower eye pressure in people with the following conditions:
 
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).
 
Although there is no cure for open angle glaucoma, symptoms can usually be controlled. The most common treatments are:
 
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.
 

How Does It Work?

Levobunolol belongs to a group of drugs called beta-adrenergic blocking agents, more often known as beta blockers. As the name implies, these medications block beta receptors in the body. Beta receptors are located in a number of places within the body, including the eyes. Beta blockers lower the pressure in the eye by decreasing the amount of fluid produced by the eye (known as aqueous humor).
 
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