Carteolol is a medicated eye drop approved for the treatment of high eye pressure and chronic open angle glaucoma. Specifically, it is used to lower eye pressure in people with these conditions. The medication is a type of beta blocker that works by blocking beta receptors and decreasing the amount of fluid produced by the eye. It is typically applied to the affected eye twice daily.
Carteolol hydrochloride (Ocupress®) is a prescription eye drop. It is approved to treat chronic open angle glaucoma and high eye pressure (ocular hypertension).
As with any medicine, carteolol can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience bothersome side effects (most people actually tolerate it quite well). If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
In clinical studies, the most common side effects of this medication included:
- Temporary eye burning
- Watery eyes
- Eye redness.
(Click Side Effects of Carteolol to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)