Acular (ketorolac tromethamine)
Acular Eye Drops is a prescription medication prescribed to treat seasonal allergy symptoms including itchy and swollen eyes. It can also be used in recovery from a visual improvement surgery.
If you are experiencing eye pain and inflammation it is important that this is treated. A NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as ketorolac should be used. Ketorolac, the active medicinal ingredient, is used in Acular eye drops and cuts back on the hormones that are responsible for the inflammation that is leading to the pain.
Acular eye drops can also be given when the eyes are affected by allergies. They will bring down swelling and give relief from stinging when there have been cataract operations.
The eye drops should be used in the way that the leaflet describes. It should not be administered in higher or lower dosages than you are told and should not be used for longer than you have been prescribed.
The amount that is to be used will depend upon the condition it is being used to treat. Normally this will be between 2 and 4 times a day. There is a risk that too much use will cause serious eye damage.
When you are waiting for cataract surgery you can start use the day before the procedure and use it for about 2 weeks after. When it is the cornea being treated it is a higher amount but shorter time – 4 times a day for 4 days.
When applying, you need to pull down the lower eyelid and let a drop come out. Keep the eye closed for up to 3 minutes and stop the liquid falling out. If more than 1 drop is prescribed wait 5 minutes in between each one.
Don’t use if the liquid is a different color to what it should be and once a vial has been opened do not use it again. If you miss a dose, take it right away unless you are close to the next one and then you should just do that one.
Emergency advice must be sought when there are breathing difficulties or any signs of swelling. If any of the following symptoms occur, contact your doctor right away:
- Burning eyes
- Eye watering
- Eye pain
- Problems with vision including blurred vision
- White patches or crusting of the eyes
If you know that you have used ketorolac and are allergic then you should not use the drops. The same if you are allergic to other NSAIDS such as aspirin or meloxicam among others. To ensure the safety of your eyes, then tell the doctor about the following conditions you have:-
- Dry eye syndrome
- Anything that requires the use of a blood thinner
Acular eye drops should not be used on a child without the agreement of the doctor but it is not known if it is safe to use of you are either pregnant or breastfeeding. You should speak to your doctor and they will make the decision as to whether or not you should use them.