Ophthalmic ketorolac is prescribed for the relief of itchy eyes resulting from allergies. It also serves to alleviate swelling and redness that may occur following cataract surgery. Ketorolac belongs to a category of drugs known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Its mechanism of action involves inhibiting the release of compounds responsible for allergy symptoms and inflammation.
Uses and Dosage
Ophthalmic ketorolac is available in liquid form for application to the eyes. To address allergy symptoms, typically, one drop is applied to the affected eyes four times daily. In the case of post-cataract surgery inflammation, one drop is usually administered to the affected eye four times daily for a duration of 2 weeks, commencing 24 hours after the surgery.
Use ketorolac ophthalmic precisely as directed by your healthcare provider, refraining from using more or less of it or exceeding the prescribed dosage.
You should notice an improvement in your allergy symptoms, particularly the itchiness in your eyes, after using the eye drops. If your symptoms persist or worsen, contact your doctor.
When using ketorolac eye drops to alleviate itchy eyes resulting from allergies, continue using them until you are no longer exposed to the allergen, the allergy season has concluded, or your doctor instructs you to discontinue usage.
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 doctor or pharmacist about any known allergies to ketorolac, aspirin, other NSAIDs, or any other allergies you may have. This product might contain inactive ingredients, including preservatives like benzalkonium chloride, which can potentially trigger allergic reactions or other complications.
Before starting this medication, provide your medical history to your doctor or pharmacist, especially if you have a history of asthma, bleeding disorders, prior eye surgeries, other eye conditions, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or nasal polyps.
Following the application of this medication, you may experience temporary blurred or unstable vision. During this period, avoid activities that require clear vision, such as driving, operating machinery, or any tasks that demand visual clarity until you can do so safely.
When it comes to pregnancy, this medication should only be used if it’s clearly necessary. Have a discussion with your doctor regarding the potential risks and benefits.
While it’s uncertain whether this drug passes into breast milk, the likelihood of it causing harm to a nursing infant is low. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding if you are considering using this medication.
Form and Strength
Acular LS is available in the following forms and strengths:
Acular LS eye drops:
Is Acular LS a steroid?
Acular is not a steroid. It is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which is a different class of medication.
How long can you use Acular LS eye drops?
Do not use Acular LS for more than 2 weeks following cataract surgery. Do not use Acular LS for more than 4 days following cornea surgery.