Saflutan Eye Drops, 3ml

  • Prescription Product
  • Treatment for Glaucoma
  • Active Ingredients: Tafluprost

  • Prescription Product
  • Treatment for Glaucoma
  • Active Ingredients: Tafluprost


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  • Prescription Product
  • Treatment for Glaucoma
  • Active Ingredients: Tafluprost

Saflutan Eye Drops, 3ml

What is Saflutan Eye Drops used for?

What kind of medicine is it and how does it work?

Saflutan Eye Drops contain tafluprost, which belongs to a group of medicines called prostaglandin analogues. SAFLUTAN eye drops lowers the pressure in the eye. It is used when the pressure in the eye is too high.

What is Saflutan Eye Drops for?

Saflutan Eye Drops is used to treat a type of glaucoma called open angle glaucoma and also a condition known as ocular hypertension in adults. Both of these conditions are linked with an increase in the pressure within your eye and eventually they may affect your eyesight.

Saflutan Eye Drops is also known as  Zioptan Eye Drops

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a common eye condition where the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain, becomes damaged.

It’s usually caused by fluid building up in the front part of the eye, which increases pressure inside the eye.

Your eye contains a clear, watery liquid that feeds the inside of the eye. Liquid is constantly being drained out of the eye and new liquid is made to replace this. If the liquid cannot drain out quickly enough, the pressure inside the eye builds up. This medicine works by increasing the amount of liquid that is drained. This reduces the pressure inside the eye. If the high pressure is not reduced, it could lead to a disease called glaucoma and eventually damage your sight.

Glaucoma can lead to loss of vision if it’s not diagnosed and treated early.

It can affect people of all ages, but is most common in adults in their 70s and 80s.

Glaucoma does not usually cause any symptoms to begin with.

It tends to develop slowly over many years and affects the edges of your vision (peripheral vision) first.

For this reason, many people do not realise they have glaucoma, and it’s often only picked up during a routine eye test.

If you do notice any symptoms, they might include blurred vision, or seeing rainbow-coloured circles around bright lights.

Both eyes are usually affected, although it may be worse in 1 eye.

Very occasionally, glaucoma can develop suddenly and cause:

  • intense eye pain
  • nausea and vomiting
  • red eye
  • headache
  • tenderness around the eyes
  • seeing rings around lights
  • blurred vision

Visit an opticians or a GP if you have any concerns about your vision.

If you have glaucoma, early diagnosis and treatment can help stop your vision getting worse.

Without treatment, glaucoma can eventually lead to blindness.

If you develop symptoms of glaucoma suddenly, go to your nearest eye casualty unit or A&E as soon as possible.

This is a medical emergency that may require immediate treatment.

There are several different types of glaucoma.

The most common is called primary open angle glaucoma. This tends to develop slowly over many years.

It’s caused by the drainage channels in the eye becoming gradually clogged over time.

Other types of glaucoma include:

  • acute angle closure glaucoma – an uncommon type caused by the drainage in the eye becoming suddenly blocked, which can raise the pressure inside the eye very quickly
  • secondary glaucoma – caused by an underlying eye condition, such as inflammation of the eye (uveitis)
  • childhood glaucoma (congenital glaucoma) – a rare type that occurs in very young children, caused by an abnormality of the eye

Glaucoma can occur for a number of reasons.

Most cases are caused by a build-up of pressure in the eye when fluid is unable to drain properly.

This increase in pressure then damages the nerve that connects the eye to the brain (optic nerve).

It’s often unclear why this happens, although certain things can increase the risk, including:

  • your age – glaucoma becomes more common as you get older
  • your ethnicity – people of African, Caribbean or Asian origin are at a higher risk
  • your family history – you’re more likely to develop glaucoma if you have a parent or sibling with the condition
  • other medical conditions – such as short-sightednesslong-sightedness and diabetes

It’s not clear whether you can do anything to prevent glaucoma, but having regular eye tests should pick it up as early as possible.

The treatment recommended for you will depend on the type of glaucoma you have, but the options are:

  • eyedrops – to reduce the pressure in your eyes
  • laser treatment – to open up the blocked drainage tubes or reduce the production of fluid in your eyes
  • surgery – to improve the drainage of fluid

You’ll also probably need regular appointments to monitor your condition and check the treatment is working.

Further Information on Glaucoma

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Price of  Saflutan Eye Drops in UK

Where to buy Saflutan Eye Drops

Saflutan Eye Drops is available to buy with a prescription at Dock Pharmacy Essex UK, UK Online Pharmacy.

Patient information leaflet

You can buy Saflutan Eye Drops Preservative Free uk with a private prescription or with a vets prescription.

Related Article

Glaucoma Symptoms, Causes, Treatment



How To Use

How To Use Saflutan Eye Drops

The recommended dose is 1 drop of SAFLUTAN in the eye or eyes, once daily in the evening. Do not instil more drops or use more often than as instructed by your doctor. This may make SAFLUTAN less effective.

Only use SAFLUTAN in both eyes if your doctor told you to.

For use as eye drops only. Do not swallow.


Do not use SAFLUTAN:

  • if you are allergic to tafluprost or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before using SAFLUTAN.

Please note that SAFLUTAN may have the following effects and that some of them may be permanent:

  • SAFLUTAN may increase the length, thickness, colour and/or number of your eyelashes and may cause unusual hair growth on your eyelids.
  • SAFLUTAN may cause darkening of the colour of the skin around the eyes. Wipe off any excess solution from the skin. This will reduce the risk of skin darkening.
  • SAFLUTAN may change the colour of your iris (the coloured part of your eye). If SAFLUTAN is used in one eye only, the colour of the treated eye may permanently become different from the colour of the other eye.
  • SAFLUTAN may cause hair growth in areas where the solution comes repeatedly in contact with the skin surface.

Tell your doctor

  • if you have kidney problems
  • if you have liver problems
  • if you have asthma
  • if you have other eye diseases.

Children and adolescents

SAFLUTAN is not recommended for children and adolescents below 18 years due to a lack of data on safety and efficacy.

Other medicines and SAFLUTAN

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take other medicines.

If you use other medicines in the eye, leave at least 5 minutes between putting in SAFLUTAN and the other medication.

Side Effects

Side Effects Of Saflutan Eye Drops

Common side effects

The following may affect up to 1 in 10 people:

Effects on the nervous system:

  • headache.

Effects on the eye:

  • itching of the eye
  • irritation in the eye
  • eye pain
  • redness of the eye
  • changes in the length, thickness and number of eyelashes
  • dry eye
  • foreign body sensation in the eye
  • discolouration of eyelashes
  • redness of the eyelids
  • small spotlike areas of inflammation on the surface of the eye
  • sensitivity to light
  • watery eyes
  • blurred vision
  • reduction in the eye’s ability to see details
  • change of colour of the iris (may be permanent).

Uncommon side effects

The following may affect up to 1 in 100 people:

Effects on the eye:

  • change of colour of the skin around the eyes
  • puffy eyelids
  • tired eyes
  • swelling of the eye’s surface membranes
  • eye discharge
  • inflammation of the eyelids
  • signs of inflammation inside the eye
  • discomfort in the eye
  • pigmentation of the eye’s surface membranes
  • follicles in the surface membranes of the eye
  • allergic inflammation
  • abnormal sensation in the eye.

Effects on the skin and tissue under the skin:

  • unusual hair growth on eyelids.

Not known: frequency cannot be estimated from the available data

Effects on the eye:

  • inflammation of the iris/uvea (middle layer of the eye)
  • eyes appear sunken
  • macular oedema/cystoid macular oedema (swelling of the retina within the eye leading to worsening vision).

Effects on the respiratory system:

  • worsening of asthma, shortness of breath

In very rare cases, some patients with severe damage to the clear layer at the front of the eye (the cornea) have developed cloudy patches on the cornea due to calcium build-up during treatment.


What SAFLUTAN contains

  • The active substance is tafluprost. 1 ml of solution contains 15 micrograms of tafluprost. One single-dose container (0.3 ml) contains 4.5 micrograms of tafluprost. One drop (about 30 microlitre) contains about 0.45 micrograms of tafluprost.
  • The other ingredients are glycerol, sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate, disodium edetate, polysorbate 80 and water for injections. Hydrochloric acid and/or sodium hydroxide are added to adjust the pH.


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