Acular is an ophthalmic solution medication that contains ketorolac tromethamine, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is used to relieve pain and swelling associated with seasonal allergies or after corneal refractive surgery. Acular can be prescribed to prevent and treat inflammation following eye surgery in adults.
Acular (ketorolac eye drops) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It stops your body from making chemicals that cause inflammation, which helps lessen pain, swelling, and itching in the eye. Acular is available in both preservative-free and non-preservative versions and should be used as directed by a doctor or medical professional.
Uses and Dosage
To apply Acular ophthalmic solution, first wash your hands to avoid contamination. Do not touch the dropper tip or any other surface with it when administering, and do not use while wearing contact lenses. To apply, tilt your head back while looking upward, and pull down your lower eyelid to create a pouch. Put one drop directly into the pouch, then look downward and gently close your eyes for 1-2 minutes. Place one finger on the corner of your eye near your nose and apply gentle pressure to prevent any medication from draining out. Do not blink or rub your eye. Repeat these steps if directed for the other eye.
Do not rinse the dropper and replace the cap after each use. If using another kind of eye medication, wait at least 5 minutes before applying Acular to allow it to enter your eye first. Do not exceed the prescribed dosing regimen or use for more than two weeks unless directed by your doctor, as prolonged use may increase the risk of severe eye side effects.
Common Side Effects of Acular (Ketorolac):
- Bleeding in the outermost membrane of the eye
- Blurry vision
- Eye redness, swelling, or pain
- Hazy or cloudy corneas
- Higher eye pressure after cataract surgery
- Temporary stinging or burning after using
Serious Side Effects of Acular (Ketorolac):
- Dry eyes
- Eye infections
- Eye irritation
- Inflammation of the iris (the colored part of the eye)
- More tearing than usual
- Swelling or inflammation of the cornea
Form and strength
Acular (Ketorolac) is available in the following forms and strength:
Acular: Opthalmic Solution
Ketorolac: Eye Solution
- Acular (Ketorolac) should be used with caution in patients who have suffered from an eye injury, as it may slow down the healing process. The patient is also using other eye drops containing corticosteroids, such as prednisolone or dexamethasone.
- Acular (ketorolac eye drops) may cause breathing difficulties or exacerbate asthma symptoms, especially in patients with a history of such reactions to aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
- Ketorolac should not be used in patients who have had an allergic reaction to aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
- Avoid using Ketorolac (Acular) eye drops while wearing contact lenses. If you have any concerns about using Ketorolac with contact lenses, you should consult with your healthcare provider.
- Acular has not been studied in pregnant or breastfeeding women, and its safety in these groups is not known.
- Acular (ketorolac eye drops) may increase the likelihood of post-operative bleeding, especially in patients with a history of bleeding problems, or those taking blood-thinning medications. Inform your healthcare provider if you have a history of bleeding issues or are taking medications that can increase bleeding risks.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can I use Acular eye solution while wearing contact lenses?
No, you should not use Acular while wearing contact lenses.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
Can I use Acular eye solution with other eye medications?
If using other eye medications in addition to Acular, wait at least 5 minutes before applying the other medication(s) to allow Acular to enter your eye first.
How long can I use Acular eye solution?
Acular is usually prescribed for short-term use of two weeks or less.
How should I store Acular eye solution?
Store Acular at room temperature between 15-25°C (59-77°F) and away from light and moisture.
Can I share my Acular eye solution with others?
No, you should not share Acular eye solution with others, even if they have the same eye condition as you. This can increase the risk of contamination and side effects.