What Is Metipranolol Used For?
Metipranolol is licensed to treat high eye pressure and open angle glaucoma. Specifically, it is used to lower the pressure within the eyes in people with these conditions. The medication works to reduce eye pressure by decreasing the amount of fluid produced by the eye. At this time, there are no uses of metipranolol that are approved for children.
Metipranolol (OptiPranolol®) is a prescription eye drop approved to lower the pressure in the eyes (intraocular pressure) in people with the following conditions:
Glaucoma is not a single disease. It is actually a group of diseases sharing certain features such as high pressure within the eye, 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).
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.
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).