Atropine eye drops contain the active ingredient atropine, which is a type of medicine called an antimuscarinic. It is also known as a mydriatic (which means it dilates the pupil) and a cycloplegic (which means it temporarily paralyses the muscles that help your eyes focus).
Atropine works by blocking muscarinic receptors that are found in the muscles of the eye. These receptors are involved in controlling the size of the pupil and the shape of the lens.
By blocking the muscarinic receptors in the eye, atropine causes the pupil to dilate. It also temporarily paralyses the muscle that normally changes the shape of the lens so that the eyes can focus on an object.
Atropine eye drops are used to dilate the pupil and relax the lens so that eye examinations can be carried out thoroughly. They are often used to aid eye examinations in young children.
Atropine eye drops may also be used to treat a lazy eye in children. The drops are used in the good eye to dilate the pupil and blur near vision in the good eye, which encourages the lazy eye to work properly. The effect in the good eye is not permanent and vision in the good eye will return to normal once your child stops using the atropine.
Atropine eye drops are also used to relax the ciliary muscle in a condition called anterior uveitis. In this condition the iris (the coloured part of the eye) and the ciliary body are inflamed. The inflammation can cause painful spasms in the ciliary muscle and can result in the iris sticking to the lens. Atropine eye drops are used to prevent these problems. They are usually used in conjunction with steroid eye drops that reduce the inflammation in the iris and ciliary body.
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.
If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the medicine's manufacturer.
For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
It is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist what medicines you are already taking, including those bought without a prescription and herbal medicines, before you start treatment with this medicine. Similarly, check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new medicines while using this one, to make sure that the combination is safe.
If you are using more than one type of eye drop you should administer them at least five minutes apart, to prevent the subsequent drops washing away the first. Use eye gels or ointments last.
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