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Cyclopentolate (Into the eye)

Used to dilate your eyes before an eye exam.

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Cyclopentolate is used to dilate (enlarge) the pupil. It is used before eye examinations (such as cycloplegic refraction or ophthalmoscopy). This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription. Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although this use is not included in product labeling,… Read more
Brand names include
AK-Pentolate, Cyclogyl, Cylate, Minims Cyclopentolate 0.5%, Minims Cyclopentolate 1%, Ocu-Pentolate
Drug classes About this
Mydriatic-Cycloplegic
Combinations including this drug

What works? Research summarized

Evidence reviews

Meta analysis of comparison between atropine and cyclopentolate in cycloplegia

Bibliographic details: Cheng SM, Zhou X, Li Y, Xu L.  Meta analysis of comparison between atropine and cyclopentolate in cycloplegia. Chinese Journal of Experimental Ophthalmology 2012; 30(12): 1135-1138 Available from: http://lib.cqvip.com/qk/92110A/201212/44159234.html

Interventions to slow progression of nearsightedness in children

Nearsightedness (myopia) causes blurry vision when looking at distant objects. Approximately 33% of the population in the United States is nearsighted, and some Asian countries report that up to 80% of children are nearsighted. Several studies have examined a variety of methods (including eye drops, incomplete correction (known as 'undercorrection') of nearsightedness, multifocal lenses and contact lenses) to slow the worsening of nearsightedness.

Glaucoma: Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Open Angle Glaucoma and Ocular Hypertension

This guideline covers adults (18 and older) with a diagnosis of chronic open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension and those with chronic open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension associated with pseudoexfoliation or pigment dispersion. In addition, the guideline will cover populations who have a higher prevalence of glaucoma and may have worse clinical outcomes including people with a family history of glaucoma, younger people (<50 years) and people who are of black African or black Caribbean descent. Options for pharmacological, surgical, laser and complimentary or alternative treatments are considered in terms of clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness.

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Interventions to slow progression of nearsightedness in children

Nearsightedness (myopia) causes blurry vision when looking at distant objects. Approximately 33% of the population in the United States is nearsighted, and some Asian countries report that up to 80% of children are nearsighted. Several studies have examined a variety of methods (including eye drops, incomplete correction (known as 'undercorrection') of nearsightedness, multifocal lenses and contact lenses) to slow the worsening of nearsightedness.

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