Lumigan is a prescription medicine used for reducing eye pressure in people with open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. By opening the channels that drain fluid from the eye, the medication can help prevent damage to the optic nerve and the vision loss that accompanies such damage. Lumigan comes in the form of an eye drop that is generally applied once daily in the evening.
Lumigan® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) is a prescription medication approved to lower eye pressure in people with the following eye conditions:
(Click Lumigan Uses for more information on what the drug is used for, including possible off-label uses.)
This medicine is made by Allergan, Inc.
Lumigan belongs to a class of medications known as prostaglandins. The medication works by opening the channels that drain fluid from the eye, helping the excess eye fluid to drain from the eye more easily. By reducing eye pressure, it can help prevent damage to the optic nerve (and the vision loss that accompanies such damage) caused by high eye pressure.
Some general considerations for when and how to take Lumigan include the following:
- This medicine comes in the form of eye drops. It is usually taken once a day in the evening.
- Always wash your hands thoroughly before using this drug.
- Gently pull your lower eyelid down with a finger (most people find that their middle fingers work best) to create a small pocket. Without actually touching the dropper to the eye, squeeze the bottle to place one drop into the lower eyelid.
- Keep the bottle free of contamination by avoiding touching the tip to anything, including your eye, hands, or any surfaces.
- If you use other eye drops, make sure to separate Lumigan and your other eye drops by at least five minutes.
- If you wear contacts, remove them before using Lumigan and wait at least 15 minutes before putting them back in.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.