Tropicamide is used to make the pupil larger and relax the muscles of the eyes during a comprehensive eye examination.
Use Tropicamide eye drops solution exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.
To use the eye drop solution:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before using the eye drops.
- Tilt your head slightly backwards. With the index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Look upward and instill the required number of drops inside the lower eyelid.
- Close your eyes and blink a few times to ensure that your eye is covered by the medicine.
- Gently press on the inner corner of your eyelid for 2 to 3 minutes to prevent the medicine to be drained into the nose or throat.
- Wipe any excess liquid from your face with a clean tissue.
- Replace and tighten the cap of the bottle.
Do not allow the tip of the dropper of this medicine to touch your eyes, eyelids or any other surface. Recap the eye drop immediately after use. If the eye drop becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eyes.
If you have been given any other eye drops or medicines to be used together with Tropicamide, wait for at least 5 minutes before using the other medicine.
Do not share your eye drop with anyone else.
Instill the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
Alert your doctor if you have narrow-angle glaucoma (increased eye pressure) as Tropicamide may not be suitable for you.
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)
- thyrotoxicosis (excessive thyroid hormones in the blood)
- heart failure (weakness and inability of the heart to pump blood)
- heart surgery
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving this medicine to children or the elderly.
If you are wearing soft contact lenses, remove it before using Tropicamide eye drops. Wait for at least 15 minutes before reinserting your lenses.
Tropicamide may cause your vision to be temporarily blurred. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert or need to see clearly.
Other side effects include any of the following: headache, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, increased heartbeat, stinging sensation, and temporary increase in the eye pressure.
This medicine may cause your eyes to be sensitive to light. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes when going outdoors and avoid direct or prolonged exposure to sunlight and brightly illuminated objects.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- medicine used to reduce eye pressure (e.g. pilocarpine, carbachol)
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store below 25°C, away from the reach of children. Do not freeze and protect from light.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Throw away any remaining eye drops once after complete administration. This medicine is not to be kept for subsequent administration.