oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Tropicamide-a mydriatic cycloplegic in a West African eye clinic

Volume 16, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Over a period of two years the 0.5 per cent. solution of tropicamide was used at the Monrovia eye clinic, Liberia, for both mydriasis and cycloplegia. Mydriasis was consistently obtained in African patients 10 to 15 minutes after the second drop. The maximal effect was produced 10 minutes later and adequate mydriasis was maintained for about one additional hour. Adequate cycloplegia was found in over 80 per cent. of eyes when retinoscopy was performed between 10 and 30 minutes after the second drop. Accommodation was recovered in the majority within the first hour and in practically all within two hours. There were no toxic effects. Tropicamide did not cause any significant elevations in the intraocular tension, probably because Liberians are not prone to develop closed angle glaucoma. Tropicamide was found to be both useful and reliable in cataract surgery in the African and was used in over 300 extractions.

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