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Quick tips for managing your glaucoma

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Enhancing your diet

You may have heard that carrots are good for your eyes, but you should also try spinach. Research shows that spinach has high amounts of antioxidants, including lutein, which is a nutrient found in your eyes. Eating a healthy diet that includes green, leafy vegetables and the vitamins and nutrients C, E, A, and zinc is good for protecting your vision. Check with your health care provider before taking any vitamins or supplements.1


Not overdoing it

When it comes to eye health, taking too much of a supplement, such as vitamin A, can cause headaches, vision problems, and other medical problems. Vitamins C and E are also not good for you in large doses, and taking too much zinc can cause a mineral imbalance. While vitamins may be good for you, check with your health care provider to make sure you are taking the right amount.1

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Making the right lifestyle choices

You may already exercise regularly and eat healthy foods, but knowing more about your lifestyle choices may mean all the difference. Studies show that moderate exercise, such as walking or jogging, 3 or more times a week can lower high eye pressure. While yoga is also good, positions that require standing on your head may increase eye pressure. Speak to your health care provider before starting an exercise program.1


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.