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Int J Pharm Compd. 2012 May-Jun;16(3):190-5.

I see colors: using vital dyes in diagnosing ophthalmic disease.

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  • 1Indiana University Health, Indianapolis 46202, USA.


Vital dyes have been used for over a hundred years to assist ophthalmic practitioners in diagnosing their patients' problems. Patients don't always tolerate the commercial products, usually due to the preservatives, and may need a compounded preparation. Some dyes are not commercially available, such as the brilliant blue G, and compounders who specialize in high-risk compounded sterile preparations are needed to meet these needs of the ophthalmologists. This article discusses some of these staining agents, including their properties.

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