Mydriatic drugs for diabetic patients.

TitleMydriatic drugs for diabetic patients.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1985
AuthorsHuber MJ, Smith SA, Smith SE
JournalThe British journal of ophthalmology
Volume69
Issue6
Pagination425-7
Date Published1985 Jun
ISSN0007-1161
KeywordsAccommodation, Ocular, Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Diabetes Mellitus, Diabetic Retinopathy, Drug Synergism, Female, Humans, Laser Therapy, Male, Middle Aged, Phenylephrine, Pupil, Pyridines, Tropicamide
Abstract

A comparative study in healthy subjects and diabetic patients of the mydriatic response to topical tropicamide 0.5% with and without added phenylephrine 10% is reported. The findings indicate that diabetic pupils respond relatively poorly to tropicamide alone but adequately and completely to the drug combination. The pupils of diabetic patients whose eyes had previously received laser treatment dilated less than those from untreated eyes by a small but significant extent. This combination of drugs is recommended for all diabetic patients to provide an adequate mydriasis with a minimum of postclinic accommodative paralysis.

Alternate JournalBr J Ophthalmol