|TIMOPTOL is used to lower raised pressure in the eye and to treat
glaucoma. Glaucoma is a condition in which the pressure of fluid in the
eye may be high. However, some people with glaucoma may have normal eye
pressure. Also, some people with raised eye pressure may not have
Glaucoma is usually caused by a build-up of the fluid which flows through the eye. This build up occurs because the fluid drains out of your eye more slowly than it is being pumped in. Since new fluid continues to enter the eye, joining the fluid already there, the pressure continues to rise. This raised pressure may damage the back of the eye resulting in gradual loss of sight. Damage can progress so slowly that the person is not aware of this gradual loss of sight. Sometimes even normal eye pressure is associated with damage to the back of the eye.
There are usually no symptoms of glaucoma. The only way of knowing that you have glaucoma is to have your eye pressure, optic nerve and visual field checked by an eye specialist or optometrist. If glaucoma is not treated it can lead to serious problems. You may have no symptoms but eventually glaucoma can lead to total blindness. In fact, untreated glaucoma is one of the most common causes of blindness.
Although TIMOPTOL helps control your glaucoma it does not cure it.
For more information about glaucoma, contact Glaucoma Australia Inc., PO Box 420, Crows Nest 1585, telephone 1800 500 880, or at www.glaucoma.com.au.
TIMOPTOL is used, either alone or in combination with other eye drops or medicines, to lower raised pressure within your eye(s).
you have now or you have had in the past certain serious breathing problems such as asthma, or a history of asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease (emphysema), or other breathing problems
you have certain heart conditions, such as a slow heart rate, an irregular heart beat, or heart failure.
Do not use TIMOPTOL if you are breast-feeding or intend to breast-feed.
Your baby may absorb this medicine from breast milk and therefore there is a possibility of harm to the baby.
Do not put the eye drops into your eye(s) while you are wearing soft contact lenses.
The preservative in TIMOPTOL (benzalkonium chloride) may be deposited in soft contact lenses. You can put your soft contact lenses back into your eyes at least 15 minutes after you have used TIMOPTOL.
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