Ganfort 0.3/5 eye drops - Information, specialists, frequent questions.

Usage of Ganfort 0.3/5 eye drops

This leaflet answers some common questions about GANFORT® 0.3/5 eye drops. It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you using GANFORT® 0.3/5 eye drops against the benefits they expect it will have for you.

If you have any concerns about using this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.

GANFORT® 0.3/5 eye drops are used to lower raised pressure in the eye and to treat glaucoma.

Glaucoma is a condition in which the pressure of fluid in the eye may be high. However, some people with glaucoma may have normal eye pressure. Glaucoma is usually caused by a build up of the fluid which flows through the eye. This build up occurs because the fluid drains out of your eye more slowly than it is being pumped in. Since new fluid continues to enter the eye, joining the fluid already there, the pressure continues to rise. This raised pressure may damage the back of the eye resulting in gradual loss of sight. Damage can progress so slowly that the person is not aware of this gradual loss of sight. Sometimes even normal eye pressure is associated with damage to the back of the eye.

There are usually no symptoms of glaucoma. The only way of knowing that you have glaucoma is to have your eye pressure, optic nerve and visual field checked by an eye specialist or optometrist. If glaucoma is not treated it can lead to serious problems, including total blindness. In fact, untreated glaucoma is one of the most common causes of blindness.

GANFORT® 0.3/5 eye drops lower the pressure in the eye by decreasing the fluid produced and helping the flow of fluid out of the eye chamber.

Although GANFORT® 0.3/5 eye drops help control your condition, it does not cure it.

GANFORT® 0.3/5 eye drops are only available with a doctor’s prescription from pharmacies. Your doctor may have prescribed GANFORT® 0.3/5 eye drops for another reason.

Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why GANFORT® 0.3/5 eye drops have been prescribed for you.

For more information about glaucoma, contact Glaucoma Australia Inc (telephone 1800 500 880) or Glaucoma NZ (telephone 64 9373 8779)

Adverse and side effects

Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are using GANFORT® 0.3/5 eye drops.

GANFORT® 0.3/5 eye drops help most people with high eye pressure and glaucoma, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people.

All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.

Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:

  • Red, congested eyes
  • Growth of eye lashes
  • Burning in the eye
  • Itching or irritation of the eyes
  • Small lesions or erosions on the eye surface
  • Eye dryness
  • The feeling of something in the eye(s)
  • Stinging sensation in the eye
  • Allergic effects on the eye and surrounding eyelid
  • Excessive sensitivity to bright light
  • Eye pain
  • Discharge from the eye
  • Red, swollen, itching eyelids
  • Visual changes
  • Erosion of the surface of the eye

Rarely:

  • Irritation of the eye
  • Inflammation of the eyelid
  • Overflow of tears down the cheek
  • Inflammation of the coloured part of the eye
  • Swelling of the eyelid
  • Eyelid pain
  • Swelling of the conjunctiva
  • Uncomfortable and tired eyes
  • Misdirected upper or lower eyelashes that turn inward towards the eye
  • Decrease in sharpness of vision

There can also be effects on the body as a whole such as headache, runny nose, an increase in the colouring or pigment area around the eye or an increase in hair growth.

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Tell your doctor if you notice any other effects.

Questions about Ganfort 0.3/5 eye drops

Our experts have answered 8 questions about Ganfort 0.3/5 eye drops

Dr. Dana Robaei
Dr. Dana Robaei
Ophthalmologist
Frenchs Forest
Ganfort is a combination drop containing two medications (bimatoprost and timolol). The timolol component of ganfort can predispose certain individuals to wheezing and shortness of breath as…
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Dr. Dana Robaei
Dr. Dana Robaei
Ophthalmologist
Frenchs Forest
Yes, peri-ocular skin changes are a well-known side effect of Ganfort (due to the bimatoprost component of the eye drop). They are reversible in some (but not all) patients when the drug is stopped.…
1 answers

Dr. Joseph San Laureano
Dr. Joseph San Laureano
Ophthalmologist
East Melbourne
Ganfort is not known to cause or exacerbate dry eye and is perfectly safe to use
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