FLUORESCEIN, eye drops

Therapeutic action

– Ophthalmic diagnostic staining agent


– Detection of corneal or conjunctival epithelial damage

Forms and strengths

– 0.5% or 2% eye drops in single use vial

Dosage and duration

– Instill 1 or 2 drops into the conjunctival sac.
– Ask patient to blink a few times to spread the dye around; remove excess fluorescein and proceed with the examination.

Contra-indications, adverse effects, precautions

– May cause: local allergic reaction (rare).
– Wait 15 minutes before administering any other kind of eye drops.
– Pregnancy: no contra-indication
– Breast-feeding: no contra-indication


– To facilitate the examination, use an ophthalmoscope with a blue filter (increases fluorescence).
– Under normal light, large lesions are visible but small lesions cannot be detected.
– Storage: below 25 °C - 
Vials are designed for single use only; they must be discarded after use.