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Proparacaine is used as topical anesthesia in eyes before surgery, certain tests or procedures.

How it works

Proparacaine belongs to the class of drugs called local anesthetics. It works by blocking the pain signals at the nerve endings in the eye.

Common side effects

Blurred vision, Burning sensation, Central nervous system depression, Conjunctival disorder, Contact dermatitis, Corneal damage, Corneal opacity, Increased sweating, Eye redness, Teary eyes, Stinging sensation, Ulcerative keratitis


Expert advice

  • Wash your hands after using proparacaine drops as it may cause drying or cracking of the fingertips.
  • Do not wear contact lenses while using proparacaine.
  • Protect your eye from injury while it is still numb. Do not touch or rub the eye. Do not use additional eye drops in the eye until your doctor tells you to do so. 
  • Protect your eye from dust particles, sand, or anything that might cause irritation.
  • Proparacaine should be used for the period advised by your doctor. Prolonged use of a topical ocular anesthetic may lead to permanent abnormal changes in eyes with accompanying loss of vision.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is proparacaine an amide or ester?
Proparacaine is an ester.
Q. Does proparacaine need to be refrigerated?
Yes, Proparacaine needs to be refrigerated at 2°-8°C (36°- 46°F).
Q. How long does proparacaine last?
With a single drop, the onset of anesthesia usually begins within 30 seconds and persists for 15 to 20 minutes.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)