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Zioptan is a type of eye drop used to treat high eye pressure and open angle glaucoma. By reducing eye pressure, this medicine can help prevent optic nerve damage and vision loss. This prescription medicine is typically used once daily in the evening. Side effects may include eye redness, itching, or stinging.

What Is Zioptan?

Zioptan® (tafluprost ophthalmic solution) is a prescription medication approved to help lower eye pressure in people with the following eye conditions:
 
 
(Click Zioptan Uses for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Who Makes This Medication?

Zioptan is made by Laboratoire Unither for Merck & Co., Inc.
 

How Does Zioptan Work?

Zioptan belongs to a class of medications known as prostaglandins. These drugs work 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, Zioptan can help prevent damage to the optic nerve and the vision loss that accompanies such damage.
 

When and How to Use It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Zioptan include the following:
 
  • This medication comes in the form of eye drops. It is typically used once a day in the evening.
 
  • Always wash your hands thoroughly before using Zioptan.
 
  • Gently pull your lower eyelid down with a finger (most people find that their middle finger works 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.
 
  • Each single-use container has only one dose of the medication, which is enough for one drop in one or two eyes. Do not try to save any remaining solution for later; it does not contain a preservative and will not remain sterile.
 
  • If you use other eye medications, make sure to separate Zioptan and your other eye drops by at least five minutes.
 
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
 
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