Tafluprost eye drops
Tafluprost drops reduce the raised pressure in your eye.
Remember to use the drops every day.
The drops may alter the colour of your eyes, and cause your eyelashes to grow darker and thicker.
About tafluprost eye drops
|Type of medicine ||Prostaglandin analogue |
|Used for ||To reduce raised pressure within your eye |
|Also called ||Saflutan® |
|Available as ||Eye drops |
A raised pressure within your eye can lead to damage to the optic nerve at the back of your eye. When this occurs it is called glaucoma. Glaucoma can lead to a loss of vision if it is not treated. If you have an increased pressure within your eye but without any damage to the optic nerve, this is called ocular hypertension. People with ocular hypertension have an increased risk of later developing glaucoma.
Treatment with eye drops such as tafluprost helps to reduce eye pressure in people with ocular hypertension, and to prevent further eye damage in people with glaucoma. They work by increasing the amount of fluid that drains out of your eye, which reduces the pressure.
Before using tafluprost eye drops
Some medicines are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and sometimes a medicine may only be used if extra care is taken. For these reasons, before you start using tafluprost it is important that your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
- If you have had surgery on your eye to replace or remove the lens (such as cataract removal).
- If you are using other eye drops.
- If you have breathing problems.
- If you are taking or using any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine or to another eye drop.
How to use tafluprost eye drops
- Wash your hands before you use the drops.
- Detach one single-dose container from the strip inside the pouch. Twist off the end to open it.
- Tilt your head back a little and pull the lower lid of your eye out to form a pocket.
- Hold the single-dose container upside down near to your eye.
- Apply enough pressure to release one drop into your eye. Try not to touch your eye as you do this. (Do not use more than one drop - using several drops does not improve your glaucoma but will increase the risk of side-effects).
- Close your eye for a minute or two, and press gently on the side of your nose where the corner of your eye meets your nose. This helps to stop the drop from draining away and keeps it in your eye.
- Repeat the process in your other eye if you have been told to use the drops in both eyes.
- Throw away the used container, even if there is some solution remaining. Do not store opened containers to use later.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Before you start using these eye drops, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from the pack. The leaflet will give you more information about the eye drops and a full list of possible side-effects from using them.
- Use one drop in the eye (or eyes) affected once a day. Your doctor will recommend you use the drops in the evening.
- Remember to use the drops every day. If you do forget, do not double up on the next day to make up for a missed dose.
- If any of the eye drop solution runs on to your face, wipe it away as soon as possible with a clean tissue or hanky.
- Take care not to touch the tip of the dropper with your eye, fingers, or any other surface. This is to prevent the drops from becoming contaminated.
- If you are using any other eye drops, leave 5-10 minutes before using the other drops.
- When first put in, eye drops may sometimes cause blurred vision. If this happens it should quickly clear, but make sure you can see clearly before you drive or use tools or machines.
- Keep your regular appointments with your doctor and eye clinic so that your progress can be checked.
- If you are having an operation or any medical treatment, remember to tell the person carrying out the treatment that you are using these eye drops.
Can tafluprost eye drops cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Common tafluprost side-effects ||What can I do if I experience this? |
|Irritation or redness in your eye ||This is very common - discuss it with your doctor if you are concerned |
|Changes in the colour of the iris of your eyes, longer or thicker eyelashes, darker skin on your eyelids ||Discuss these with your doctor. These changes occur over time and can be permanent |
|Sensitivity to light ||Wearing sunglasses may help |
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to these eye drops, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store tafluprost eye drops
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store unopened foil pouches in a refrigerator. Once the pouch has been opened, you can keep it out of the fridge (but still in a cool place) for up to four weeks. Do not use any single-dose containers that have been stored out of a fridge for more than four weeks.