Betimol is a medication that is used for reducing eye pressure in people with chronic open angle glaucoma and high eye pressure. Although this medication can effectively lower the pressure in the eye, the eye pressure will increase again once treatment is stopped. Using Betimol in children or adolescents is not recommended, as the eye drops have not been studied enough in these age groups.
Betimol® (timolol) eye drops are available by prescription only and are approved for lowering 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).
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. 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).
Although Betimol effectively lowers the pressure in the eye, it is not a cure for glaucoma or high eye pressure. If treatment is stopped, the eye pressure will increase again.