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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.


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Identifier: Moran_CORE_24941

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