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Generic name: proparacaine ophthalmic [proe-PAR-a-kane-off-THAL-mik]

Brand names: Alcaine, AK-Taine, Ocu-Caine, Ophthaine, Ophthetic, Parcaine
Drug class: ophthalmic anesthetics

In the U.S., Ophthetic has been discontinued. There may be equivalents if generic versions have been approved and marketed by the FDA.

What is Ophthetic?

The ophthalmoscope is used to numb the eyes before an eye exam, surgery, or any other procedure.This medication guide does not list all possible uses of opioids.

Side effects of Ophthetic

In case of any adverse reaction, seek medical assistance immediately: hives, difficulty breathing and swelling of lips, face, tongue or throat are signs that an allergic reaction could be occurring.

If you experience severe burning, stinging, or irritation after using ophthalmic eye drops, tell your carers immediately.

The use of synthetics can cause serious side effects. If you experience:

  • Slow healing after eye surgery
  • Vision changes
  • A restless, nervous feeling that is followed by depression.

Side effects of ophthalmic therapy include:

  • Mild discomfort or eye redness
  • Watery eyes
  • Increased winking

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.


Ophthetics will numb your eyes for a few hours.

Before you take this drug

If you have an allergy to opiates, it is best not to use this treatment.

Provide details to your doctor regarding any of the following:

  • Allergies;
  • Heart problems
  • Overactive thyroid gland

Inform your physician immediately if you are pregnant or nursing.

What is the best way to use ophthalmology?

Most often, opththetics are used in the office of a physician or during surgery.Ophthetics are typically given in a single dose during an eye examination or procedure.You may need to receive multiple doses of eye drops before and after the surgery.An opioid is usually prescribed by a healthcare provider.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Ophthetics will never be missed, as they are only used by healthcare providers when necessary.

What happens if I overdose?

An opioid will be administered by a healthcare professional within a medical environment, so an overdose should not occur.

What should be avoided?

Do not touch your eye until all the numbing effects of the medicine have worn off.

This medicine can cause blurred or very sensitive vision. You should be careful when driving or doing anything else that requires clear vision.After receiving Ophthetic, you may need to protect your eyes from bright lights for a few days.

Interaction with other drug

Other drugs that you take are unlikely to affect the medicine used on your eyes. Many drugs interact with each other. Inform your healthcare provider about the medicines you take, including over-the-counter and prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.