Beta-Adrenergic Blocking Agents (Ophthalmic)
Precautions While Using This Medicine
Your doctor should check your eye pressure at regular
visits to make certain that your glaucoma is being controlled.
Contact your physician immediately if you are having eye surgery, you experience
trauma to your eye, or you develop an eye infection to determine if you should
continue to use your present container of eye drops.
For a short time after you use this medicine, your vision may be blurred.
Make sure your vision is clear before you drive, use machines, or do anything
else that could be dangerous if you are not able to see well.
Before you have any kind of surgery, dental treatment,
or emergency treatment, tell the medical doctor or dentist in charge that
you are using this medicine
. Using an ophthalmic beta-adrenergic blocking
agent during this time may cause an increased risk of side effects.
For diabetic patients:
Ophthalmic beta-adrenergic blocking agents may
affect blood sugar levels. They may also cover up some signs of hypoglycemia
(low blood sugar)
, such as trembling or increase in pulse rate or blood
pressure. However, other signs of low blood sugar, such as dizziness or sweating,
are not affected. If you notice a change in the results of your blood or urine
sugar tests or if you have any questions, check with your doctor.
Some ophthalmic beta-adrenergic blocking agents (betaxolol, carteolol,
and metipranolol) may cause your eyes to become more sensitive to light than
they are normally. Wearing sunglasses and avoiding too much exposure to bright
light may help lessen the discomfort.