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Cyclopentolate Eye Drops

What are Cyclopentolate eye drops?

from focusing.

the pupil of the eye, and to temporarily stop the eye

Cyclopentolate eye drops are used to dilate (enlarge)

Why are the drops required?

It is necessary to enlarge the pupils to allow the eye care practitioner to carry out an accurate eye examination. This includes checking to see if glasses are needed and that the eyes are healthy.

Do the drops sting?

Drops may cause a stinging sensation as they are put in but this will quickly disappear.

How are the drops put in?

The eye care practitioner will put the drops into your child’s eyes at the clinic. However you may like to put the drops in at home. If this is the case please put

one drop in each of your child’s eyes a minimum of 30 minutes before your appointment time. You should gently pull down the lower eyelid and put the drop into the space between the lid and the eye.

How will I know the drops have worked?

eye will not be able to focus.

Close work/reading will be difficult and blurred as the

While the pupil is enlarged more light will enter the eye, which may cause some discomfort in bright light or sunshine. If sunny, a hat or sunglasses will help this.

The pupil (black central part of the eye) will be enlarged.

How long will the effects last?

Focusing ability usually returns within 4-6 hours. Recovery from light sensitivity and the enlarged pupil may take up to 24 hours.

drops are effective?

What precautions should I take while the

An adult should supervise the child. If your child returns to school, the teacher should be informed that he/she has had eye drops and may be unable to read or write as well as normal.

Adverse reactions

after leaving the clinic – but if so, consult your own GP.

practitioner. It is unlikely that these symptoms will arise

while in the clinic, speak to your orthoptist/eye care

light headedness. If you notice any of these symptoms

flushing of the skin, dryness of the mouth, or giddiness/

A small percentage of people may notice an adverse reaction to the drops – such as a change in heart rate,

If you have any concerns about your child’s eyes please contact your orthoptist.

are taking these drops if attending other clinics.

Please notify any healthcare practitioners that you


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Last Updated: 06 February 2015