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How Does It Work?

Mitomycin ophthalmic works by preventing DNA from replicating. DNA replication is necessary for cells to multiply and grow. After glaucoma surgery, the body will usually try to heal the hole created in the eye during the surgery, causing the hole to close up and the surgery to fail. By preventing DNA replication, mitomycin ophthalmic prevents new cell growth at the surgical site, thus prolonging the time it takes for the hole to close up. 

Can Children Use It?

Mitomycin ophthalmic is not approved for use in children, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group. Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the particular risks and benefits of using this medicine in a child.

Is Mitomycin Ophthalmic Used for Older Adults?

Older adults can be treated with mitomycin ophthalmic. In clinical trials, there were no differences in side effects or effectiveness between younger and older adults.

What About Off-Label Uses?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for something other than the uses discussed in this article. This is referred to as an "off-label" use. Mitomycin ophthalmic may sometimes be used off-label during other eye surgeries, such as surgery on the lacrimal system (the tear drainage system).
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