Atropine Ophthalmic Ointment, distributed by Bausch & Lomb Co., is a 1% sterile ointment for pupil dilation.
WHAT THIS PRODUCT CURES
Atropine Ophthalmic Ointment is used to dilate the pupils of the eye before an eye examination. This product is also used to reduce pain after surgery or an injury, treat forms of glaucoma, and ulcerations.
A pet with an abnormal eye condition is not difficult to notice. Forms of Glaucoma, injury to the eye’s orbit, and ulcerations are some of the most common problems cats and dagos are faced with today. The eye is a unique structure, using light and dilations to make images more clear. The pupil is the most important part in making pictures clear. Working similar to a focal lenses on a camera; the pupil dilates and contract to zoom in on the focal point in view. In a healthy eye, the pupil dilates with minimal light then contracts with a greater amount of light. In eye complications such as Glaucoma, eye injuries, and ulcerations, the dilation pattern of the eye no longer functions properly.
Glaucoma is described as a group of ocular disorders that cause intraocular pressure. Left untreated, glaucoma can lead to permanent damage of the optic nerve and result in a visual field loss, progressing into blindness. Symptoms include; sudden ocular pain, seeing halos around lights, red eye, very high intraocular pressure (>30 mmHg), nausea and vomiting, sudden decreased vision, and a fixed, mid-dilated pupil. Although incurable, glaucoma can be managed using pharmaceutical and/or surgical techniques.
Corneal ulcers, also known as ulcerative keratitis, are visual ulcerations occurring in the transparent outer layer of the eye. A dog or cat with corneal ulcer will display symptoms such as; eye discharge, squinting eyes, cloudy eyes, sensitivity to light, excessive tear accumulation, and red or painful eyes.
Pet aliments associated with pupil and corneal complications include; sudden ocular pain, seeing halos around lights, red eye, nausea and vomiting, sudden decreased vision, and a fixed, mid-dilated pupil, eye discharge, squinting eyes, cloudy eyes, sensitivity to light, excessive tear accumulation, and red or painful eyes.
PETS WITH ALIMENTS
RELATIVE INFO ON BREED MOST ASSOCIATED WITH THIS AILMENT
Dog breeds such as Belgian Tervurens, Shih Tzu, Bulldog, Boxer, Pekingese, Boston terrier, Pug, and the German Sheppard are susceptible to this condition especially after they reach age four.
QUESTIONS FOR MY VET
1. What should I do if my pet has adverse effects from product?
- Discontinue use and contact your veterinarian promptly.
2. Can this product be used in cats and dogs?
3. I have two dogs; can I share medication between the two of them?
- No. sharing medication can cause eye infections.
4. I noticed after I have used the product for a few days, the product looks cloudy. Has it gone bad?
- Yes the product has gone bad, do not use it.
5. Will my pet’s eyes appear better after using this product?
- Pets will begin to show clearer eyes within 6-8 weeks.
6. How easy is this product to use?
- This product is very easy to use as the product is to be used daily
How it Works
The active ingredient, Atropine, induces Mydriasis. Mydriasis is the dilation of the pupil, by blocking the circular pupillary sphincter muscle. Atropine also helps to reduce pain and treat glaucoma by paralyzing the ciliary muscles within the eye’s structures.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
- Wash hands with soap and water before application.
- Using index finger and thumb hold eyelids open.
- Without touching applicator tip to eye surface, administer drops.
- After each drop allow eyelids to be closed to allow distribution of product.
- Wipe end of applicator off before placing cap.
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION:
Dogs & Cats:
- Mild to moderate eye inflammation administer ointment 1 to 3 times a day.
- Exact dosage varies from patient to patient.
- Contact your veterinarian for complete dosage schedule.
Atropine Sulphate 1%
Keep product away from children.
Follow veterinary instructions exactly.
Do not share medication.
PET: Keep pets away from bright light during treatment. Avoid ingestion as pet will salivate excessively. Stop use if pet experiences urinating difficulties, abnormal heart rate, vomiting, or constipation.
HUMANS: Do not use in humans without medical prescription. Medications prescribed for animals should never be shared for human use.
Storage and disposal
Storage: Store product ointment at room temperature, away from heat and light.
Disposal: Empty containers should be disposed of as directed and never re-used. Recycling or garbage disposal is viable as directed upon product label. Consult a medical waste agency for directions to depose of remaining drug and container. Contact 1-800-CLEANUP for additional information.
BRAND VS GENERIC COMPARISON
Atropine Care 1%, Atropisol, Isopto Atripine, and Ocu-Tropine are all Brand name comparisons to Atropine Ophthalmic Ointment. These brand name products are labelled for human use and can be used off label, prescribed by a veterinarian, to be used in pets.