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What should I know about bimatoprost ophthalmic solution before using it?

You should know that bimatoprost ophthalmic solution comes in two different packages, each designed for a specific condition. Lumigan is packaged as drops to be instilled into the eye to treat only ocular (eye) hypertension and glaucoma. Latisse is packaged as drops, plus applicators to apply the solution to the eyelid skin at the lash line to treat only hypotrichosis (inadequate eyelash growth).

Be sure that the doctor who prescribes Latisse for you knows if you have ever had swelling of the eyes, eye pressure problems or a missing or torn eye lens. If you develop an eye infection, sustain an eye injury or undergo eye surgery while using Latisse, call your doctor. Talk to your doctor before using Latisse if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you become pregnant while using the solution.

If you wear soft contact lenses, remove them before applying Latisse and wait at least 15 minutes before reinserting. Bimatoprost ophthalmic solution can cause permanent darkening of the eyelashes or iris of the eyes. Your eyelashes may vary in color, length, thickness, fullness and direction of growth when they grow back in. Never apply the solution to your lower eyelid - only the upper.

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