What Is Tafluprost Used For?
The approved uses for tafluprost include the treatment of open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. The medication can help lower eye pressure caused by these eye conditions, and works by draining excess fluid from the eye. The eye drops are approved for use in adults only. There are also unapproved ("off-label") uses, such as treating other forms of glaucoma.
An Overview of Uses for TafluprostTafluprost ophthalmic solution (Zioptan®) is a prescription eye drop approved to help lower eye pressure in people with the following conditions:
Tafluprost is the first preservative-free eye drop in its class, which can be beneficial to people who are sensitive to preservatives. All other similar medications contain preservatives.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that share certain features, such as:
- High pressure within the eye
- Optic nerve damage
- Loss of peripheral (side) vision.
In some cases, blindness may occur. Open angle glaucoma is the most common type of glaucoma (see Types of Glaucoma).
Although there is no cure for open angle glaucoma, symptoms can usually be controlled. The most common treatments include:
- Medications (see Glaucoma Medications)
- Laser surgery (see Glaucoma Laser Surgery)
- Traditional surgery (see Glaucoma Surgery).
Not everyone with high eye pressure has glaucoma. For instance, people may have high eye pressure without any damage to the optic nerve, especially early in the course of the disease. However, high eye pressure should be treated, as it can lead to glaucoma. Effectively treating high eye pressure can help prevent glaucoma.