OXYBUPROCAINE, eye drops

Prescription under medical supervision


Therapeutic action

– Local anaesthetic

Indications

– Short-term anaesthesia of conjunctiva and cornea

Forms and strengths

– 0.4% eye drops in single use vial

Dosage and duration

Removal of foreign bodies
Up to 3 drops into the conjunctival sac, administered one to two minutes apart

Measurement of intraocular pressure
1 drop into the conjunctival sac

Contra-indications, adverse effects, precautions

– Do not use repeatedly (risk of severe and permanent corneal damage).
– May cause: stinging on instillation.
– Wait 15 minutes before administering any other kind of eye drops.
Pregnancy: no contra-indication
Breast-feeding: no contra-indication

Remarks

– Anaesthesia is produced within one minute and lasts 10 to 20 minutes.
– Anaesthetic eye drops (oxybuprocaine, tetracaine, etc.) are intended for specific therapeutic or diagnostic procedures. They must not be given to the patient for home use. In the event of intense ocular pain, prescribe an appropriate oral analgesic.
Storage: below 25 °C
Vials are designed for single use only; they must be discarded after use.