What could the reason be for an ophthalmologist to ask you to put in 6 drops of cyclopentolate in each of your kid's eyes before an eye exam?
Some background: I live in Europe, and this week I took my 8 year old DD for a routine eye test.
The ophthalmologist said she had amblyopia (lazy eye), but he was unable to prescribe glasses, as she really needed the eye drops in order for him to be able to do a proper test.
He prescribed the drops (cyclopentolate 1%) and said to come back this week. He wrote down that before the test, I needed to put 6 drops in each of her eyes: starting 2 hours before the appointment, each drop 20 minutes apart, 6 drops in each eye (total 12). I know it's not a misunderstanding - he drew a timeline and everything.
I bought the eye drops and read the safety leaflet. It says, for DD's age, to use just 1 drop per eye (or 2 for darker eyes) around 40 minutes before the test.
Every NHS leaflet I can find online about how to prepare for an eye test gives the same dosage.
I emailed the doctor to ask if his dosage was correct, and I just got a call from his secretary basically saying "he knows what he's prescribing, just do it", but not explaining why this was 6 times the usual amount (DD has very clear blue eyes).
I emailed back explaining that I won't do something that I don't understand, so to please let me know why the doctor thinks so much might be needed.
If I don't get a sensible answer, I'm planning to go to another ophthalmologist - worst case scenario is that they'll ask me to do the same, and then I'll know it's either a local thing, or something very wrong with my daughter's eyes (!)
I was wondering though if this had happened to anyone else, or if any eye specialists reading this might know why so many drops would be needed?
Thanks in advance
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Cyclopentolate eye drops - 6 drops per eye??
scroopy · 19/09/2023 22:06
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