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Cyclopentolate is used in eye examination and inflammation of the uvea.

How it works

Cyclopentolate is used to dilate or enlarge the pupil of the eye so that the doctor can examine the back of the eyeball. It may also be used to reduce pain in certain eye conditions.

Common side effects

Eye irritation, Foreign body sensation in eyes, Blurred vision, Eye itching, Stinging in the eyes, Increased intraocular pressure, Burning sensation in eye

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Expert advice

  • Consult your doctor if you have red and painful eyes, prone to increased eye pressure, men with enlarged prostate, have heart problems, ataxia (unsteadiness or coordination problems).
  • Cyclopentolate eye drops can cause blurred vision. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until the effect is gone.
  • Remove soft lenses prior to instilling cyclopentolate eye drop and wait for at least 15 minutes prior to reinserting lenses.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions



What is cyclopentolate hydrochloride ophthalmic solution or eye drop?
Cyclopentolate hydrochloride ophthalmic solution or eye drop is a mydriatic-anticholinergic drug. It is used to enlarge the pupil of the eye (preventing the eye from focusing) and to paralyze the lens temporarily before an eye examination or surgery and


Why is cyclopentolate prescribed for microbial keratitis?
Cyclopentolate is prescribed for microbial keratitis to help in controlling pain and to prevent synechia (adherence of iris to cornea) formation


How long does cyclopentolate take to work?
Cyclopentolate takes about 30-60 min to work

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How long does cyclopentolate last?
It lasts for about 1 day.

Content on this page was last updated on 05 April, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)