proparacaine-ophthalmic, Alcaine, Ophthetic
GENERIC NAME: PROPARACAINE - OPHTHALMIC (pro-PAIR-uh-cane)
BRAND NAME(S): Alcaine, Ophthetic
USES: Proparacaine is used in the eye as an anesthetic to numb the pain that may occur during eye procedures (e.g., surgery).
HOW TO USE: Place this medication in the eye(s) usually just before the procedure; or use as directed by your doctor. It may be necessary to repeat a dose every 5 to 10 minutes but prolonged use is not recommended. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. To apply eye drops, wash your hands first. To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface. If you are wearing contact lenses, remove them before using eye drops. Then tilt your head back, gaze upward, and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Hold the dropper directly over the eye and instill the prescribed number of drops. Look downward and gently close your eye for 1 to 2 minutes. Place one finger at the corner of the eye near the nose and apply gentle pressure. This will prevent the medication from draining away from the eye. Try not to blink and do not rub the eye. Do not rinse the dropper. Replace the dropper cap after each use. If you are using another kind of eye medication (e.g., drops or ointments), wait at least five minutes before applying other medications. Use eye drops before eye ointments, to allow the eye drops to enter the eye. This medication solution should be clear to light yellow in color. If it is discolored (darker), do not use the solution.
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