Ophthalmic ketorolac is indicated for the treatment of eye itching resulting from allergies, as well as for the management of inflammation, swelling, and redness following cataract surgery. Classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), ketorolac functions by inhibiting the release of substances responsible for inducing allergy symptoms and inflammatory responses.
Uses and Dosage
Ophthalmic ketorolac is available in a liquid form and is administered by instilling one drop into the affected eye(s). The recommended dosage for allergy symptoms is typically one drop, four times a day. For post-cataract surgery inflammation, one drop should be instilled into the affected eye(s), four times a day for a period of two weeks, starting 24 hours after surgery. Adherence to the prescription label instructions is crucial, and any areas of confusion should be clarified with the prescribing physician or pharmacist.
Do not exceed the recommended dosage or to use the medication for a longer period than directed by the physician.
The symptom of itchy eyes caused by allergies should subside with the appropriate use of ketorolac eye drops. If the symptoms persist or worsen, medical attention should be sought.
To effectively manage allergy-induced itchy eyes, ketorolac eye drops should be used continuously until the underlying cause of the allergy has been addressed or until instructed to stop by a medical professional.
To administer the eye drops, the following steps should be followed:
- Thoroughly wash hands with soap and water.
- Do not allow the dropper tip to touch the eye or any other surface, and ensure that it is kept clean.
- Tilt the head back and pull down the lower lid of the eye using the index finger to form a pocket.
- Hold the dropper as close to the eye as possible without making contact, and brace the remaining fingers against the face.
- Squeeze the dropper gently to instill a single drop in the pocket created by the lower eyelid while looking upwards.
- Remove the index finger from the lower eyelid and keep the eye closed for 2-3 minutes while tilting the head down.
- Apply gentle pressure to the tear duct using a finger.
- Use a tissue to wipe off any excess liquid from the face.
- Wash hands to remove any residual medication.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- stinging and burning of the eyes
- blurry vision
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- redness or swelling of eyes, lips, tongue, or skin
- infection in or around the eye
- skin rash, hives, or skin changes
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
Prior to using ketorolac, inform your physician or pharmacist about any existing allergies to the medication, aspirin, other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and celecoxib, or any other allergies. This product may contain inactive components, such as benzalkonium chloride preservatives, which can induce allergic reactions or other complications.
Before initiating the use of this medication, inform your healthcare provider about your medical history, particularly if you have a history of asthma, including deteriorating respiratory function following NSAID or aspirin use, bleeding disorders, prior ocular surgery, other eye problems, including corneal and dry eye syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, or nasal polyps.
Following the administration of this medication, temporary visual irritation or blurring may occur. Refrain from operating machinery, driving, or engaging in activities that require clear vision until visual acuity has been fully restored.
During pregnancy, this medication should only be used when it is essential. Discuss the potential benefits and risks with your physician.
While it is unclear if this medication passes through breast milk, it is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your physician before breastfeeding.
Form and Strength
Acular is available in the following forms and strengths:
Acular ophthalmic solution:
ketorolac ophthalmic solution:
How long can you take Acular eye drops?
This medication is usually for short-term use (2 weeks or less) unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Use of Acular eye drops for longer than prescribed may increase the risk of very serious side effects of the eye.
Do Acular eye drops cause blurred vision?
This medication can cause temporary blurred or reduced vision.