What is Durysta (Bimatoprost)?

What is Durysta (Bimatoprost)?

December 06, 2022

Bimatoprost is a medicine that helps with high pressure in the eye (OCT) and open-angle glaucoma. When too much fluid builds up in your eyes the pressure in the eye increases. Bimatoprost drops help to drain the excess fluid, and it lowers the pressure you have in the eye.

High pressure is a condition that shouldn’t be neglected. If you don’t treat it, the high pressure in the eye can lead to damage in your optic nerves and result in vision loss or blindness.

How Long Does Bimaoprost Last?

The bottle comes in 5ml. Usually, this amount should last for a patient for about 4-8 months. It can be said that there are 112 doses in a bottle.

 Sometimes the medication is used daily during the initiation phase.

What Are the Side Effects of Bimatoprost?

Just like every other medicine that is on the market, bimatoprost eye drops have some side effects, but that doesn’t mean everyone will experience them. Some of the common side effects include:

● Change in eye colors. People who use eye drops for more than 8 months experience this kind of side effect. The color change may be permanent, and may be more obvious if the drop is used in one eye only.

● Irritated and itchy eyelids.

● Eye pain, the sensation of having something in the eye.

● Having the skin around the eyes darker.

However, if you are experiencing one of the more serious side effects mentioned below, be sure to call your doctor straight away.

● Shortness of breath

● Feeling Dizzy

● Serious allergic reaction.

Can You Use Bimatoprost on Eyelashes?

Even if the general use of bimatoprost ophthalmic solution is to treat high pressure in the eye and open-angle glaucoma, it is also used to treat a lack of eyelashes (eyelash hypotrichosis). The solution helps to increase the growth of eyelashes and make them longer, thicker and darker. However, the bimatoprost solution is only available with a doctor’s prescription. You cannot buy it over-the-counter.

Is There a Generic Version of Bimatoprost?

Lumigan bimatoprost can be considered a generic medication and it’s more budget-friendly when you compare it o the brand version. It’s a clear eye drop solution that contains active bimatoprost. It’s available in different strengths 0.1 and 0.3 mg per ml.

Can Durysta Be Removed?

The bimatoprost implant is made of biodegradable material, which means it will break down naturally over time. You don’t need another operation or intervention for its removal. Most patients reported that they have controlled intraocular pressure levels even after the implant is dissolved.

How Durysta Works

Durysta is an implant that your eye doctor administers into your eyes. The implant can only be implanted for one time for each eye. The implant has a medication called bimatoprost, which helps to lower the pressure in the eye. The implant is made of biodegradable components, meaning that it will be dissolved on its own within a couple of months. Many patients with glaucoma need to apply eye drops to lower their eye pressure.

Who is a Good Durysta Candidate?

Patients with Ocular hypertension and open-angle glaucoma are the first candidates to think of. FDA approves patients with OCT and OHT to have implants if :

● The patient is not allergic to bimatoprost or its components.

● The patient doesn’t have any infection around the eyes

● The patient has a good response to topical bimatoprost

● The patient has no underlying corneal endothelial problems

● The patient has undergone SLT.

What Are the Side Effects of Durysta?

The most common side effect reported by the patients is eye redness. Some other side effects are pain, the sensation of having something in the eye, dryness, and irritation, blurred vision, headache, and loss of cells in the inner cornea.

Rarely, people are allergic to bimatoprost. Make sure to get checked before using the solution or implant.