Atropine is a medication available in liquid or solution form. Eye doctors use it to dilate the pupils prior to an examination. They also prescribe Atropine eye drops or ointments to treat certain eye conditions. It can help relieve eye pain from swelling and inflammation.
The eye drops are usually applied two to four times daily. Common brand names are Atropine Care, Isopto Atropine, and Atropisol. Here are the uses and benefits of Atropine eye drops.
Always use Atropine eye drops only as directed. Follow the directions on the label and ask your eye doctor to explain anything you may not understand. Do not use them more often or in a greater dosage than directed. Always wash your hands before using the medication.
Your doctor will need to know if you have any pre-existing eye conditions, such as glaucoma. Inform the doctor if you are allergic to any known medications, including Atropine. You should also mention any allergies to foods, preservatives, or dyes.
You should also let the doctor know if you are pregnant or trying to conceive. Breastfeeding mothers should also make this known to the doctor. You should never take Atropine orally and do not share it with anyone else. If you suspect you may have used too much, visit an emergency room immediately.
Health practitioners have used Atropine for centuries. In recent years, it has gained attention as an eyecare solution. Benefits of Atropine include:
· It helps to dilate the pupil during eye exams. Enlarged pupils provide a wider field of view. It prevents eye focusing, making it easier to examine the inner eye.
· Atropine solutions can help to slow myopia progression in children. Used in low doses, Atropine is an effective myopia management option.
· Eye doctors often prescribe Atropine eye drops to treat amblyopia in children. It is an effective alternative to eye patching.
· The eye drops can help to treat eye pain due to severe infection or inflammation. It is beneficial for both children and adults.
Take special care when using Atropine in children. Do not use extra or double doses if you miss a dose. Avoid using other eye products without consulting your eye doctor.
While not common, there are some side effects associated with using Atropine eye drops. They include:
· Blurry vision.
· Allergic reactions.
· Breathing difficulties.
· Decreased blood pressure.
· Feeling lightheaded or faint.
Do not rinse the eye dropper, and always replace the cap after use. Avoid using the solution if it contains particles or turns cloudy or brown. Certain substances can interact with Atropine, such as medications or herbs. Drinking alcohol, smoking, or using other medications may negatively affect the results of the treatment. Wear sunglasses outdoors and stay away from bright light if the medication makes your eyes more sensitive. Regular eye exams will help keep your eyes healthy.
For more on the uses and benefits of Atropine eye drops, visit Clarity Eyecare. Our offices are in Birmingham, Waterford, Sylvan Lake, South Lyon, Walled Lake, and Commerce Twp., Michigan. Call (248) 369-3300, (248) 698-2000, (248) 682-6448, (248) 437-3351, (248) 624-1707, or (248) 366-8600 to book an appointment today.