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Istalol is licensed to reduce eye pressure. This helps prevent damage to the optic nerve, loss of peripheral vision, and possibly blindness. Specifically, this prescription medication is approved for treating high eye pressure (ocular hypertension) and open angle glaucoma. This prescription eye drop is only approved for use in adults, and there are no off-label uses of Istalol at this time.
What Is Istalol Used For?Istalol® (timolol maleate) eye drops are available by prescription only and are approved for lowering eye pressure in people with the following conditions:
Istalol is a unique formulation of timolol that is better absorbed into the eye, compared with other timolol products. This allows for once-daily dosing.
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 Istalol effectively lowers the pressure in the eye, it is not a cure for glaucoma or high eye pressure. If treatment is stopped, the blood pressure will increase again. Istalol is a good choice for people who must take two different medications for treating glaucoma or high eye pressure, as it is taken just once a day.