What is Lumigan?
Lumigan eye drops contain the active ingredient bimatoprost, a medication that stimulates the drainage of fluid from the eyeball. This reduces the pressure within the eyeball.
What is Lumigan used for?
Lumigan is prescribed for glaucoma, a condition in which the pressure in the eyeball is too high. Glaucoma affects the eyesight. The edges of the field of view disappear, making it seem like if the patient looks through a tube. This is often accompanied by painful, red eyes. Lumigan ensures that the pressure in the eyeball decreases. This is to prevent (further) vision damage.
How to use Lumigan?
Lumigan drops should be administered at a fixed time, preferably in the evening. Always wash your hands before you put a drop in your eye, and avoid contact between the eye and the spout of the bottle. This way the drops remain sterile. The leaflet describes in detail the best way to administer Lumigan drops to the eye.
Wearers of contact lenses have to remove their lenses first before using Lumigan.Wait at least fifteen minutes after applying before putting your lenses back in.
You can use Lumigan eye drops for 1 month after opening the bottle.
Lumigan eye drops contain 300 micrograms of bimatoprost per ml. The usual dose for adults over 18 years is one drop in the affected eye once a day. However, always follow the dosage recommendation of your doctor.
If you forget to take a dose you can still take it, unless it is almost time for your next dose. Never take two drops of Lumigan to compensate for the missed dose.
If you stop using Lumigan, the pressure in your eyeball may increase again. Therefore only stop taking this medication after a consultation with your doctor.
The use of Lumigan may cause side effects. Known side effects include:
- longer, darker eyelashes
- redness and / or irritation of the eye
- inflamed and / or itchy eyelids
Pregnancy / breastfeeding
There is not enough known about the effect of Lumigan in (unborn) babies. Therefore do not use this medication when you are pregnant or want to become pregnant, or if you are lactation. A doctor is able to tell you which medication can be used safely.