You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to receiving mitomycin ophthalmic if you have:
- Had eye surgery in the past
- Any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Mitosol and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Mitosol and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Mitomycin Ophthalmic to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)
Mitomycin ophthalmic works by preventing DNA from replicating. DNA replication is necessary for cells to multiply and grow. Oftentimes, the body will try to heal the hole created in the eye during glaucoma 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.
Some general considerations to keep in mind when using this medicine include the following:
- Mitomycin ophthalmic comes in the form of a powder that is dissolved in sterile water to form a liquid. It is applied directly to the eye during surgery.
- This medicine is normally applied by a healthcare provider in a healthcare setting.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.