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Frequently Asked Questions

How should I take betaxolol (Betoptic, Kerlone, Optipres)?

Short Answer

There are some standard eye drop guidelines that you should follow when taking ocular betaxolol.

Long Answer

Betaxolol (be TAKS oh lol), sold as Betoptic, Kerlone, Lokren, and Optipres, is an ophthalmic solution that is usually prescribed as 1 - 2 drops into affected eye(s) twice daily.

Always make sure you wash your hands before administering eye drops, and keep your medication away from children. Please see references below on specifics of administering this medication.

As with other medications that are applied directly to the eye, it may be absorbed into the bloodstream. Please consult your health professional before taking this or any other medication to ensure you know all the facts about potential side effects.

Additional Information

Betaxolol: Drug Information Provided by Lexi-Comp: Merck Manual Professional
  • Shake suspension well before using.
  • Tilt head back and instill in eye.
  • Keep eye open; do not blink for 30 seconds. Apply gentle pressure to corner of eye for 1 minute.
  • Wipe away excess from skin.
  • Do not let tip of applicator touch eye; do not contaminate tip of applicator (may cause eye infection, eye damage, or vision loss).
  • Report if condition does not improve or if you experience eye pain, vision changes, or other adverse eye response.
  • Remove contact lens prior to administration and wait 15 minutes before reinserting.
  • If other ophthalmic medicines are being used, administer at least 10 minutes prior to instilling this medicine.
MedicineNet.com: Betaxolol ophthalmic solution
  • Both hands should be washed before each use of betaxolol or any other eye medication.
  • The head should be tilted back and the lower lid pulled down with the index finger to form a pouch.
  • The tip of the squeeze bottle should not be touched to the eye or eyelid.
  • The bottle should be squeezed slightly to allow the prescribed number of drops into the pouch.
  • The eye is closed gently for 1 to 2 minutes without blinking.
  • The usual dose is 1 to 2 drops into each affected eye twice daily.
  • Safe use of beta blockers in children has not been established.
MedlinePlus Drug Information: Betaxolol Ophthalmic
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Use a mirror or have someone else put the drops in your eye.
  • If using the betaxolol suspension eyedrops, shake the bottle well.
  • Remove the protective cap. Make sure that the end of the dropper is not chipped or cracked.
  • Avoid touching the dropper tip against your eye or anything else.
  • Hold the dropper tip down at all times to prevent drops from flowing back into the bottle and contaminating the remaining contents.
  • Lie down or tilt your head back.
  • Holding the bottle between your thumb and index finger, place the dropper tip as near as possible to your eyelid without touching it.
  • Brace the remaining fingers of that hand against your cheek or nose.
  • With the index finger of your other hand, pull the lower lid of the eye down to form a pocket.
  • Drop the prescribed number of drops into the pocket made by the lower lid and the eye. Placing drops on the surface of the eyeball can cause stinging.
  • Close your eye and press lightly against the lower lid with your finger for 2-3 minutes to keep the medication in the eye. Do not blink.
  • Replace and tighten the cap right away. Do not wipe or rinse it off.
  • Wipe off any excess liquid from your cheek with a clean tissue. Wash your hands again.