Focus on glaucoma medications

Focus on Glaucoma Medications


Alcon has introduced Travatan Z solution (travoprost 0.004%), the world's first BAK-free prostaglandin analogue. Travatan Z is a new formulation that eliminates benzalkonium chloride (BAK) from Alcon's existing Travatan solution and replaces BAK with SofZia, a robust ionic buffered preservative system that is gentle to the ocular surface. Alcon developed this BAK-free version of Travatan because long-term use of topical solutions containing BAK may compromise the ocular surface and exacerbate conditions such as dry eye.

Azopt suspension can help in lowering IOP. Topical CAIs like Azopt have been shown to lower IOP better than beta-blockers or alpha-agonists when added to a prostaglandin analogue, with the added benefit of decreased side effects.


Phone: (800) 862-5266



Lumigan (bimatoprost 0.03%) is a once-daily prescription eye drop indicated for the reduction of IOP in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. In 2006, the FDA approved Lumigan as a first-line treatment, in addition to its widely established use by ophthalmologists as a second-line
therapy for patients who require additional lowering of IOP.

Patient compliance with treatment has been shown to be vital to reducing the risk of disease progression and vision loss. An extension of Allergan's pivotal trials concludes that bimatoprost continues to be well tolerated and effectively sustained lower IOP in patients over 4 years of continuous treatment. (Williams RD, et al. Long-term efficacy and safety of bimatoprost for IOP lowering in glaucoma and ocular hypertension: results from the extension of the pivotal trials through year 4. Poster presented at: AGS; March 3-6, 2005; Snowbird, Utah.)

Lumigan has been reported to cause changes to pigmented tissues, including the eyelashes, iris and eyelid. These changes may be permanent. Allergan says patients using Lumigan may also experience some usually tolerable side effects, including eye redness (hyperemia), increased eyelash growth or itchy eyes.

Alphagan P (brimonidine tartrate 0.1%) is a new formulation of the original Alphagan 0.2% and Alphagan P 0.15%. Alphagan P 0.1% is indicated for lowering IOP in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension.

Alphagan P offers a dual mechanism of action for treatment flexibility. The new formulation is designed to ensure that patients receive maximal therapeutic efficacy while reducing drug exposure. Patients using Alphagan P 0.1% may experience some usually tolerable side effects, including allergic conjunctivitis, conjunctival hyperemia and eye pruritus. Alphagan P 0.1% is contraindicated in patients receiving monoamine oxidase inhibitor therapy.

Allergan, Inc.

Phone: (800) 347-4500

Ista Pharmaceuticals

Istalol (timolol maleate 0.5%) is a once-daily beta-blocker topical solution that helps lower IOP. Clinical studies show that Istalol, which is a QD solution, lowers IOP as well as other b.i.d. beta-blocker drops. The difference between other beta-blocker medications and Istalol lies in the unique formulation of Istalol, says ISTA. Istalol is the only beta-blocker solution indicated for once-daily dosing and contains 50% less preservative than other solution formulations. Additionally, unlike other beta-blockers, Istalol does not contain a gel base, which means that there is no gel-induced blur.

Ista Pharmaceuticals

Phone: (949) 788-6000

Pfizer Ophthalmics

Xalatan (latanoprost 0.005%) is related to a class of compounds called prostaglandins, which act locally in the eye to increase drainage of aqueous humor and to reduce IOP. Xalatan is believed to relieve pressure in the eye by opening up channels that allow the fluid inside the eye to drain.

In 1996, Xalatan was FDA approved and became the first of a new class of medications to treat open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension. In 2002, Xalatan became the first prescription eye drop in its class to receive a first-line indication for use in patients with ocular hypertension and open-angle glaucoma.

Xalatan, the most-prescribed treatment in its class, provides effective IOP reduction throughout the day and at night with convenient once-a-day dosing, says Pfizer.

Pfizer Ophthalmics

Phone: (888) 691-6813

Vistakon Pharmaceuticals, LLC

Betimol (timolol 0.25%, 0.5%) is a patent-protected, branded beta-blocker currently marketed in the United States by Vistakon Pharmaceuticals, LLC. Clinical studies have demonstrated the efficacy and safety of Betimol as statistically equivalent to that of timolol maleate (Timoptic). The most common ocular adverse events reported in using Betimol include foreign body sensation (2%), burning/stinging (1%), dry eye (1%) and ocular discomfort (1%).

Vistakon Pharmaceuticals, LLC

Phone: (800) 523-6225

More Products

AMO's new syringe-style insertion system utilizes the company's current Emerald Advanced Cartridges.

Syringe-style Insertion System

AMO announces a new syringe-style insertion system, the DK7788. The new inserter, made specifically for AMO by Duckworth and Kent, will provide another option for inserting AMO's acrylic IOLs: ReZoom Multifocal, Tecnis and Sensar with OptiEdge. The DK7788 inserter automatically rotates the barrel at the appropriate point in the delivery of the lens and provides for truly one-handed lens delivery. It is a reusable and autoclavable system.  


Phone: (800) 449-3060

MaxEvent Glasses 

The MaxEvent glasses will focus on objects from distances of 3 meters to infinity.

Eschenbach's new MaxEvents are hands-free, head-mounted glasses, that provide 2.1x magnification. They feature a mirrored coating that eliminates glare and distracting reflections, ensuring that the enlarged eyes of the wearer are not visible to the external observer. The MaxEvent glasses will focus on objects from distances of 3 meters and up, and are perfect for viewing any activity where a magnified image would be helpful.


Phone: (800) 487-5389


The Rosenwasser donor lamella inserting forceps.

Rosenwasser Donor Lamella Inserting Forceps

The Rosenwasser donor lamella inserting forceps was designed by George Rosenwasser, M.D., for inserting donor tissue during lamellar surgery. It features very thin vaulted shanks and a unique pre-calibrated heel stop. This design prevents the tips from completely closing, providing enough space to securely hold the folded endothelial tissue without crushing it.

Katena Products, Inc.

Phone: (800) 225-1195


EMR System

Seeca EMR, an ophthalmologist-designed system, is an electronic medical records program that offers a new level of efficiency and profitability not possible in a traditional paper practice, says the company. Included in the system are time-saving features like automated e-consults, automated e-prescribing, integrated patient education features, decision support, appointment scheduling, a drawing tool, a picture archiving and communications system (PACS) and an array of business management features.

The system is fully transportable and allows access to patient data from anywhere the Internet is available. Seeca provides advanced onsite training by clinically experienced trainers, Internet tutorials and online support.

Seeca Technology

Pone: (985) 853-0900

The Steinert/Ruminson Astigmatic Gauge and Marker enables precide marking of the cornea for LRIs.

Steinert/Ruminson Astigmatic Gauge and Marker

Rhein Medical introduces the Steinert/Ruminson Astigmatic Gauge and Marker, developed in coordination with Roger F. Steinert, M.D., and Wallace E. Ruminson, M.D. The marker measures 7 mm inner diameter and 14 mm outer diameter. It allows precise marking of the cornea for performing any length limbal-relaxing incision, using a single instrument.

The separation of the two marks is automatically indicated in degrees on the inner ring, while the outer ring has degree marks to determine the location on the limbus. Notches on the sides of the marker permit precise placement of the marker over ink marks placed preoperatively with the patient upright, improving the precision of the incisions.

Rhein Medical

Phone: (800) 637-4346

The SofPort Advanced Optics (AO) Aspheric IOL with Violet Shield technology is designed to block harmful ultraviolet and violet light.

SofPort Advanced Optics Aspheric IOL with Violet Shield

The SofPort Advanced Optics (AO) Aspheric IOL with Violet Shield technology is designed to block harmful ultraviolet and violet light. The SofPort AO Violet Shield IOL protects the retina from phototoxicity without compromising scotopic vision and color perception, a potential side effect of existing blue-blocking lens technologies, says the company. Unlike conventional UV-blocking IOLs, the SofPort AO Violet Shield IOL is specifically designed to also absorb high-energy violet light, which has been demonstrated to be harmful to retina cells. Violet light is almost imperceptible to the naked eye, so blocking it does not result in a degradation of daytime or nighttime vision and does not compromise or alter color perception.

The SofPort AO Violet Shield IOL is an aberration-free, aspheric silicone IOL with PMMA haptics and an uninterrupted 360Þ square edge. The lens is specifically designed for use with the SofPort Easy-Load Delivery System.

Bausch & Lomb

Phone: (800) 531-2020

Both lenses feature the enhanced stereopsis that is a hallmark of the Volk Digital Series.

Digital Series Lenses

Volk Optical introduces two new lenses in its third generation Digital Series, specifically designed for use in binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy (BIO) examinations. The image quality of the Digital ClearField and Digital ClearMag lenses reaches a level previously unattainable during a BIO exam, resulting in increased general diagnostic capability with a shorter exam time, says Volk.

The combination of magnification and field of view offered by this lens pairing exceeds that of the industry standard 20D BIO lens. The Digital ClearField's 2.79x image magnification and 72° field of view deliver detailed mid and far peripheral retinal views, while the Digital ClearMag's 3.89x image magnification and 49° field of view are optimal for detailed optic disc and posterior pole examination.

Volk Optical

Phone: (800) 345-8655

Schwind's microkeratome blade box offers more safety during surgery.

Microkeratome Blade Box

Schwind has developed a microkeratome blade box that offers more safety during surgery. The blade is guided and protected during insertion and removal without coming into contact with the surgeon. Cutting complications and risk of injuries are avoided and the blade remains intact. This disposable product requires neither sterilization nor cleaning.

The box is constructed in such a way that it can be used as a space-saving holder for the complete handpiece after assembly of the blade and cutting head, thereby ensuring the correct starting position for the refractive procedure.

Schwind eye-tech-solutions

Phone: +49-(0)6027-508-0

RLM Magnifying Lamp

Sunnex's RLM Magnifying Lamp delivers durability, performance and economy for medical exam use.

Sunnex's RLM Series Magnifying Lamp/Examination Light combines high-intensity illumination and powerful magnification for detailed medical inspection applications. The magnifying lamp features an ergonomically friendly, durable and configurable design, with an easy-to-grip handle and adjustable glass.

The RLM Series provides distortion-free magnification of 5 D (2.25x). An optional 3x add-on magnifying lens is also available. Its
22-watt fluorescent ring magnifier lamp delivers a light intensity of 1,000 footcandles/10,800 Lux and maintains a color temperature of 4,000K.


Phone: (800) 445-7869

Sanitized Tonometer Tip Covers

Wilson Ophthalmic's Sanitized Tonometer Tip Covers are designed to fit the TonoPen I, II and XL models.

Wilson Ophthalmic's Sanitized Tonometer Tip Covers are designed to fit the TonoPen I, II and XL models, These tips are individually packaged and sanitized by gamma radiation. There are 220 tips per box. Manufactured from quality latex and tested for accuracy, Wilson says its Tonometer Tip Covers bring value and quality.

Wilson Ophthalmic

Phone: (800) 222-2020