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Topic: Proparacaine

Name and Title: Brian Walker, 4th year Medical Student, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Location: (Medical Student Education Outline > I. Introduction to the Eye Exam > Diagnostic use of Eye Drops > Proparacaine)

 

Proparacaine (Alcaine, Parcaine) is a topical ophthalmic anesthetic. This eye-drop provides 10-20 minutes of eye surface anesthesia or numbing for diagnostic and operative procedures but NEVER as a therapeutic treatment for eye pain, as repeated use can be severely toxic to the eye.

References 

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  2. Lexicomp Online®, Lexi-Drugs®, Hudson, Ohio: Lexi-Comp, Inc.; September 11, 2017.
  3. T., Levent T., Inci M.A. Toxic keratopathy associated with abuse of topical anesthetics and amniotic membrane transplantation for treatment. Int J Ophthalmol. 2015; 8(5): 938–944.

Identifier: Moran_CORE_24941

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