(1989; 60 pages) [French]
Group: local anaesthetic agent
Solution (eye drops): 5 mg (hydrochloride)/ml (0.5%)
Tetracaine is a local anaesthetic that penetrates the cornea and conjunctiva. It is effective after topical application to the eye within 30 seconds and anaesthesia persists for at least 15 minutes.
Short-lasting local anaesthesia of the cornea and conjunctiva.
Dosage and administration
One or 2 drops of 0.5% solution should be instilled into the conjunctival sac.
• Known hypersensitivity to tetracaine.
• Ocular inflammation or infection.
The anaesthetized eye should be protected from dust and bacteriological contamination until sensation is fully restored.
Prolonged use has resulted in corneal opacities.
A localized burning sensation may occur and, more rarely, lacrimation and photophobia.
Tetracaine eye drops should be kept in well-closed containers protected from light, and should not be allowed to freeze.