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Take steps to manage your high eye pressure

Make a plan

Caring for your eyes means following your health care provider’s treatment plan and making lifestyle changes that may help reduce your high eye pressure. Here are some tips and tools you can use to get started.1

Putting eye drops in correctly1


Start by tilting your head backward while sitting, standing, or lying down. With your index finger placed on the soft spot just below the lower lid, gently pull down to form a pocket.


Look up. Squeeze 1 drop into the pocket in your lower lid. Do not blink, wipe your eye, or touch the tip of the bottle on your eye or face.


Close your eye. Keep closed for 3 minutes without blinking.

how to use eyedrops

Start and stay on treatment

Studies show many people do not take their medicine as directed. Taking your medicine as prescribed may help slow the progression of glaucoma. Be sure to refill your prescription regularly unless directed otherwise by your health care provider.1

Below you will find a downloadable PDF with more information for how you can access XELPROS



XELPROS (latanoprost ophthalmic emulsion) 0.005% is a prescription medication for the treatment of high eye pressure (known as intraocular pressure, or IOP) in people with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension.


XELPROS is not recommended in patients with a known hypersensitivity to latanoprost, or any other ingredients in this product.

Some patients may experience darkening of the eye color, darkening of the eyelid and eyelashes, and increased growth and thickness of eyelashes while taking XELPROS. This darkening effect may increase as long as XELPROS is administered, and eye color changes are likely to be permanent. The increased growth and thickening of the eyelashes are reversible when XELPROS is discontinued.

Patients should avoid touching the tip of the dispensing container to the eye or surrounding areas during administration because this could cause the tip to become contaminated by common bacteria known to cause eye infection. Serious damage to the eye and subsequent loss of vision may result from using a contaminated product.

Contact lenses should be removed prior to the administration of XELPROS. Contact lenses can be reinserted 15 minutes following administration.

If more than one topical eye medication is used, the drugs should be administered at least 5 minutes apart.

The most common side effects of XELPROS may include eye pain/stinging, eye redness, eye discharge, growth of eyelashes, and eyelash thickening.

Patients who have eye surgery, develop an eye condition, or any other reaction while taking XELPROS should consult their eye doctor concerning the continued use of this product.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088

Please see the Full Prescribing Information.

References: 1. Glaucoma Research Foundation. Accessed April 23, 2019.