What Is Unoprostone Ophthalmic Solution Used For?

Using Unoprostone Ophthalmic Solution for Ocular Hypertension

Ocular hypertension is an increase in eye pressure above what is considered normal. Although people with ocular hypertension have high pressure within the eye, they have no noticeable signs or symptoms. There is no change in vision, and no damage to the structure of the eye. It can be detected by an eye doctor during an eye examination.
 
Ocular hypertension is not the same as glaucoma. However, people who have ocular hypertension are at risk for developing glaucoma and, therefore, need close monitoring with regularly scheduled eye examinations.
 
In some cases, a healthcare provider may recommend medication to lower eye pressure and reduce the risk for eye damage and help prevent glaucoma. Unoprostone ophthalmic solution is one such medication that may be used to lower eye pressure in people with ocular hypertension.
 

How Does It Work?

Medications that lower eye pressure usually work by either decreasing the amount of fluid produced in the eye (known as the aqueous humor) or by increasing drainage of the aqueous humor out of the eye. Unoprostone ophthalmic solution is thought to work by increasing fluid drainage from the eye.
 
More specifically, the drug may open certain channels in the trabecular network, a sponge-like tissue in the eye that is responsible for draining aqueous humor from the eye. However, the exact way in which unoprostone ophthalmic solution works to reduce intraocular pressure is unknown.
 

Can Children Use It?

Unoprostone ophthalmic solution has not been adequately studied in children, and is not approved for use in this age group (usually defined as individuals younger than age 18). Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the particular risks and benefits of using this medicine in a child.
 

Unoprostone Ophthalmic Solution Information

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