oa South African Family Practice - Essential topical ocular diagnostic drugs for the family practitioner : review article

Volume 46, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Extracted from text ... Introduction The drugs discussed in this section are essential in executing a basic eye examination and assessing certain ocular complaints commonly encountered by the primary care physician. Three very commonly used diagnostic drugs in basic eye examinations are fluorescein dye, local anaesthetics and mydriatic drugs. Practical aspects of these agents are discussed. Before administering any topical medication, always attempt to get a drug allergy history. Management Fluorescein dye Sodium fluorescein is a watersoluble, orange-yellow dye that becomes a brilliant green when viewed under cobalt-blue or fluorescent light. This light source is available on any modern ophthalmoscope set. The dye, which ..

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