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Atropine Ophthalmic Ointment

Atropine Ophthalmic Ointment
Atropine Ophthalmic Ointment
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Atropine Ophthalmic Ointment, distributed by Bausch & Lomb Co., is a 1% sterile ointment for pupil dilation.

Atropine Ophthalmic Ointment is used to dilate the pupils of the eye before an eye examination. This product is also used to reduce pain after surgery or an injury, treat forms of glaucoma, and ulcerations.


A pet with an abnormal eye condition is not difficult to notice. Forms of Glaucoma, injury to the eye’s orbit, and ulcerations are some of the most common problems cats and dagos are faced with today. The eye is a unique structure, using light and dilations to make images more clear. The pupil is the most important part in making pictures clear. Working similar to a focal lenses on a camera; the pupil dilates and contract to zoom in on the focal point in view. In a healthy eye, the pupil dilates with minimal light then contracts with a greater amount of light. In eye complications such as Glaucoma, eye injuries, and ulcerations, the dilation pattern of the eye no longer functions properly.

Glaucoma is described as a group of ocular disorders that cause intraocular pressure. Left untreated, glaucoma can lead to permanent damage of the optic nerve and result in a visual field loss, progressing into blindness. Symptoms include; sudden ocular pain, seeing halos around lights, red eye, very high intraocular pressure (>30 mmHg), nausea and vomiting, sudden decreased vision, and a fixed, mid-dilated pupil. Although incurable, glaucoma can be managed using pharmaceutical and/or surgical techniques.

Corneal ulcers, also known as ulcerative keratitis, are visual ulcerations occurring in the transparent outer layer of the eye. A dog or cat with corneal ulcer will display symptoms such as; eye discharge, squinting eyes, cloudy eyes, sensitivity to light, excessive tear accumulation, and red or painful eyes.