Ophthalmic Agents - Anesthetics

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Adult (usual)
Deep corneal anesthesia
: 1 drop 0.5% ophthalmic soln in each eye every 5-10 min for 5-7 doses.
Superficial corneal anesthesia: 1-2 drops 0.5% ophthalmic solution in each eye before surgery or diagnostic procedure.

[Supplied: 0.25%, 0.5% oph soln.]
FDA labeled indications: Corneal anesthesia of short duration, for procedures such as tonometry, gonioscopy, removal of corneal foreign bodies, and for short corneal and conjunctival procedures.

tetracaine ( Pontocaine )

Adult (usual) -
Anesthesia, ophthalmic: minor surgical procedures: instill 1-2 drops of 0.5% ophthalmic solution into eyes every 5-10 min for 1-3 instillations.

Anesthesia, ophthalmic: prolonged anesthesia (ie, cataract extraction), instill 1-2 drops of 0.5% ophthalmic solution into eye(s) every 5-10 min for 3-5 doses.

Anesthesia, ophthalmic: tonometry and other short procedures: instill 1-2 drops of 0.5% ophthalmic solution into eyes prior to evaluation.

Important note: Prolonged use (especially for at-home self-medication) is not recommended. May delay wound healing.

Onset: 5-10 minutes. Duration: 30 minutes.
[Supplied: 0.5% ophthalmic solution]


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