High eye pressure can often be relieved with Azopt. This prescription eye medication is specifically designed for people with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. It is only approved for use in adults. A healthcare may use Azopt off-label to treat acute angle-closure glaucoma, even though the medication is not approved for this purpose.
What Is Azopt Used For?Azopt® (brinzolamide) is a prescription eye drop approved to lower the pressure in the eyes (intraocular pressure) in people with the following conditions:
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.
Glaucoma is not a single disease. It is actually a group of diseases sharing certain features, such as:
- High pressure within the eye (intraocular pressure)
- Damage to the optic nerve
- Loss of peripheral (side) vision
- Possible blindness.
Of all the different types of glaucoma, open-angle glaucoma is by far the most common (see Types of 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).
This medication can be used by itself or, if necessary, combined with other types of glaucoma medications or treatments.