Betagan is a medication used for lowering eye pressure in people who have open angle glaucoma or high eye pressure (ocular hypertension). This prescription medication comes in the form of an eye drop and works by decreasing the amount of fluid produced by the eye. Although certain medications are also sometimes used for "off-label" purposes, there are currently no universally accepted off-label uses of Betagan.
What Is Betagan Used For?Betagan® (levobunolol hydrochloride) is a prescription medication approved to help lower eye pressure in people with the following conditions:
Glaucoma is 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, and possibly 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. The most common treatments are:
- Medications (see Glaucoma Medications)
- Traditional surgery (see Glaucoma Surgery)
- Laser surgery (see Glaucoma Laser Surgery).
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.