Compare Zioptan vs. Travatan

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Zioptan (tafluprost)

Prescription only

Travatan (travoprost)

Prescription only
Lowers eye pressure and controls glaucoma.

Zioptan (tafluprost) is often a first choice treatment for lowering eye pressure to prevent and treat glaucoma, but is preservative-free so it has special storage instructions.

Lowers eye pressure and controls glaucoma.

Travatan (travoprost) is a first-choice treatment to prevent and treat glaucoma because it's effective and has few side effects.

Upsides
  • Easy to use, with single-use containers and one drop daily in the evening.
  • Can use with other eye drops, if needed for better results.
  • Zioptan (tafluprost) is the only medicine in its class without preservatives, which may be less irritating to the eye.
  • It's easy to use, with one drop every evening.
  • Travatan (travoprost) can be used with other eye drops for better results.
  • The new formulation of Travatan (travoprost) is less irritating and can be stored at room temperature.
Downsides
  • Zioptan (tafluprost) can permanently change your eyes and eyelids to brown, even after you stop using it.
  • Zioptan (tafluprost) may darken and increase the length, thickness and number of eyelashes, irritating the eyes.
  • No generic available, so can be expensive.
  • Is preservative-free so it should only be used 30 days after opening.
  • Travatan (travoprost) can permanently darken your eyes and eyelids, even after you stop using it.
  • Travatan (travoprost) can temporarily cause your eyelashes to grow longer, darker, and thicker – which may irritate your eyes.
  • You'll need to wait 15 minutes after applying Travatan (travoprost) to put your contacts in.
  • There's no generic option available, so it can be expensive.
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  • Eye drops
  • Eye drops
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Side effects
4possible side effects
  • Heache
    6%
  • Common cold
    4%
  • Cough
    3%
  • Blurry vision
    2%
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12possible side effects
  • Red, dry eyes
    40%
  • Eye pain
    7%
  • Changes in eyesight
    7%
  • Eye irritation
    7%
  • Feeling like there's something in your eye
    7%
  • Itchy eyes
    7%
  • Eye/Eyelid inflammation
    2%
  • Cataract
    2%
  • Eye infections
    2%
  • Darkening of the eyes/eyelids
    2%
  • Dry eyes
    2%
  • Increased sensitivity to light
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Darkening of the eyes
    • Long term use
  • Darkening of lashes
    • Long term use
  • Darkening of contact lenses
    • (Re)inserting contact lenses too soon after applying Zioptan (tafluprost)
  • Eye injury/infection
    • Sharing eye drops with others
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  • Darkening of the eyes
    • Long-term use
  • Darkening of lashes
    • Long-term use
  • Darkening of contact lenses
    • (Re)inserting contact lenses too soon after applying Travatan (travoprost)
  • Eye injury or infection
    • Sharing eye drops with others
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