Careprost Eye Drops (Bimatoprost) work by lowering eye pressure so as to treat glaucoma. Many people have used Eye Brush Applicators (for use with Bimatoprost) to apply it to the eyelashes, so as to help them grow long and dense. It belongs to a class of medicines referred to as prostaglandin analogs. Glaucoma places the optic nerve at risk of damage which occurs due to the obstruction of aqueous fluid outflow and the subsequent increase in eye pressure. This medicine`s mechanism action involves causing a higher amount of aqueous fluid to drain from the eye, thereby relieving the pressure.
Leading medical experts made a connection with the use of bimatoprost and increases in the length and prominence of the eyelashes. Clinical trials showed that if it was carefully brushed onto the base of the eyelash, it could enhance the growth of the eyelashes and make them darker in appearance. Because of this, it has become popular as a cosmetic treatment.
It has been widely used by women who desire longer eyelashes due to medical conditions or other reasons. Its eyelash lengthening properties are due to its effects on the hair regrowth cycle. The prostaglandin analogs cause an interaction with receptors present in the follicle which results in resting hair follicles (known as the telogen phase) being transferred into growing hair follicles (called the anagen phase).
Dosage and AdministrationPhysicians providing treatment to patients affected by glaucoma generally administering one drop daily of Careprost Eye Drops (Bimatoprost) into the eye or eyes which are affected. Treatment of insufficient eyelashes requires a completely different process in which the solution is not instilled but rather is brushed on using Eye Brush Applicators (for use with Bimatoprost) to apply it to the skin at the upper eyelash base. Before use, make sure that all makeup is removed.
The correct amount of the solution must be placed onto the single use applicator brush, which should then be gently brushed along the eyelid (where the eyelash connects with the skin). Start on the inside of the lash and work outwards. If any of the solution gets outside the target area, it should be blotted clean (this will prevent unwanted discoloration or hair growth). Make sure that you throw away the old applicator and use a new brush for the other eyelid. Generally speaking, physicians instruct patients to use it once per day (at night).
Side effectsPatients have reported side effects after use of Careprost Eye Drops (Bimatoprost) to treat their symptoms, and a list of possible examples is given here:
- Itchy sensation
- Redness visible in the eyes
- Dryness or watering that affects the eyes
- Pigmentation changes affecting the skin around the eyelids
Your physician must be informed if any reactions occur. Serious side effects, including a discharge from the eyes, severe pain, infection and any other severe reactions will require immediate treatment.
PrecautionsIf Careprost Eye Drops (Bimatoprost) are used with Eye Brush Applicators (for use with Bimatoprost) for treating the eyelashes, it must never be applied to the lower eyelashes.
This product could cause the skin on the eyelid to become darkened. There is also a risk of the iris becoming more brown than normal. Ask your physician about the risk of this before starting treatment.