Eyedrops Information

There are only a few major classes of eyedrops, and within a class all eyedrops are more or less the same. It is always enough to give one drop of any eyedrop at a time.

ANTIBIOTIC EYEDROPS:

  1. All of them have a beige top: Zymar, Vigamox, Ocuflox, Ciloxan, Quixin
  2. Can be used interchangeably. Given before and after surgery and for eye-infections.

 

STEROID EYEDROPS:

  1. Most of them have a pink top, some of them have a white top.
  2. Prednisone Forte 1%, Econopred – strong steroid drops – good after surgery
  3. Pred Mild – Mild steroid drop – good for allergies, mild inflammation

 

STERIOD / ANTIBIOTIC COMBINATIONS:

  1. Most have a white top
  2. Tobradex, Blephamide – white top, good after surgery or for inflammations and infections or if we do not know what the patient has.

 

EYE DROPS FOR GLAUCOMA:

  1. Many different types. WE WILL NOT HAND THESE OUT.
  2. They work only if patients use it long-term and they cannot obtain them there. Also, they can have side-effects

 

DILATING DROPS:

  1. All have red top:
  2. Will dilate the pupil – Given before surgery or for inflammation to ease the pain

 

NON-STERIODAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DROPS:

  1. Most have grey top:
  2. Acular, Voltaren, Nevenac, Xibrom– given before surgery and for mild inflammations

 

ANTIALLERGIC DROPS:

  1. Patanol, Elestat, Optivar, Alamast
  2. Have no side-effects, can be used as needed for ithcing/irritation/redness

 

ARTIFICAL TEARS:

  1. Systane, refresh, etc – given for dry eyes, use as needed, no side-effects

 

PILOCARPINE:

  1. All have green top
  2. Given before secondary implant. (If patient had cataract surgery before but has no implant in eye) – constricts pupil.