A brief description of Acular eye drop:
The Acular eye drop is an ophthalmic preparation that is indicated to be used for the temporary relief of ocular itching due to seasonal allergies. It is also used in the treatment of postoperative inflammation (swelling, irritation, and redness) in patients who have undergone cataract extraction. The active ingredient present in Acular eye drop is Ketorolac that belongs to a class of drugs known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID).
Mechanism of action of Acular eye drop:
Ketorolac has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antipyretic activity. Ketorolac shows its action mechanism by inhibiting the biosynthesis of prostaglandins by blocking the synthesis of prostaglandins; it averts the release of certain chemical substances in the body and therefore helps in reducing pain, inflammation and other conditions of the eye.
The dosage regimen of Acular eye drop:
You should first wash your hands before instilling the Acular eye drop. Tilt your head back and by using your index finger, drag the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and smoothly close your eyes. You should remove extra medicine around your eye with a clean tissue. For the treatment of seasonal allergic conjunctivitis, the recommended dose is one drop of Acular solution to the affected eye four times a day. For the treatment of postoperative inflammation in patients who have undergone cataract extraction: A patient should instill one drop of Acular ophthalmic solution to the affected area four times a day that should be started 24 hours after the cataract surgery and continue until the first 2 weeks of the postoperative period.
Contraindications of Acular eye drop:
- If you are allergic or hypersensitive to Ketorolac or any other component present in an Acular eye drop, then you should not use this medication.
- Acular eye drops should not be used in children younger than 2 years old.
Precautions while taking Acular eye drop:
- You should remove your contact lenses from your eyes before using this medication.
- In the case of pregnancy and lactation, Acular eye drops should be used only after consulting your doctor.
- If you are a patient with other eye problems, dry eye syndrome, or had a complicated eye surgery within a short period of time, then you should not use this medication.
- If you are suffering from diabetes, asthma, bleeding problems, or rheumatoid arthritis then you should avoid taking Acular eye drop.
- You should avoid driving or performing any other probably unsafe tasks while taking this medication as it may cause blurring of eyes for a shorter time.
Side effects of Acular eye drop:
Some common side effects of Acular eye drop include swelling of the eye, throbbing pain, sensitivity to light, tearing, eye irritation, itching, and redness of the clear part of the eye.