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Generic name: carteolol ophthalmickar-TEE-oh-lol-off-THAL-mik ]
Drug class: Ophthalmic glaucoma agents

Medically reviewed by on Aug 3, 2023. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is Ocupress?

Carteolol is a beta-blocker that reduces pressure inside the eye.

Ocupress (for the eyes) is used to treat open-angle glaucoma and other causes of high pressure inside the eye.

Ocupress may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Ocupress side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Ocupress may cause serious side effects. Stop using Ocupress and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe itching, burning, or irritation in or around your eye;

  • bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing);

  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;

  • fast, slow, or uneven heart rate;

  • heart problems--swelling, rapid weight gain, feeling short of breath; or

  • signs of eye infection--swelling, redness, severe discomfort, crusting or drainage.

Common side effects of Ocupress may include:

  • eye redness, irritation, or burning;

  • watery eyes;

  • blurred or cloudy vision;

  • droopy or puffy eyelids;

  • headache, dizziness, weakness;

  • stuffy nose, sinus pain;

  • altered sense of taste;

  • sleep problems (insomnia);

  • decreased night vision; or

  • your eyes may be more sensitive to light.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


You should not use Ocupress if you have asthma, severe COPD, or serious heart problems such as very slow heartbeats, heart failure, or "AV block."

Before taking this medicine

You should not use this Ocupress if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

  • asthma, or severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD);

  • slow heartbeats that have caused you to faint;

  • severe heart failure; or

  • a heart condition such as "AV block" (2nd or 3rd degree).

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How should I use Ocupress?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Do not use while wearing soft contact lenses. A preservative in Ocupress could permanently stain the lenses. Use the medicine at least 15 minutes before inserting your contact lenses.

Wash your hands before using eye medication.

To apply the eye drops: Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye and squeeze a drop into this pocket. Close your eyes for 1 or 2 minutes.

Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed.

Do not touch the tip of the eye dropper or place it directly on your eye. A contaminated dropper can infect your eye, which could lead to serious vision problems.

Wait at least 10 minutes before using any other eye drops your doctor has prescribed.

Call your doctor right away if you have any eye injury or infection.

If you need surgery (especially eye surgery), tell your surgeon ahead of time that you currently use Ocupress. You may need to stop for a short time.

Store at room temperature away from heat and light. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include slow heartbeats, wheezing, feeling short of breath, or fainting.

What should I avoid while using Ocupress?

Ocupress may cause blurred vision and may impair your reactions. Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how this medicine will affect you.

Do not use other eye medications unless your doctor tells you to.

What other drugs will affect Ocupress?

Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:

This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect Ocupress, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.