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2. Cycloplegic Refraction in Children with Cyclopentolate versus Atropine

1. Saba Alkhairy 2. Abdul Rasheed 3. Mazhar-ul-Hassan 4. Farnaz Siddiqui

1. Asstt. Prof. of Ophthalmology, 2. Prof. of Ophthalmology, 3,4. Asstt. Profs. of Ophthalmology,  DIMC, DUHS, Karachi


Objective: The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of two cycloplegic drugs used in cycloplegic refraction in hyperopic children.

Study Design: Hospital based cross sectional study

Place and Duration of Study: This study was carried out at the Out-patient department of Ophthalmology Dow University of Health Science (Ohja campus), Karachi Pakistan from January 2011 to June 2011.  

Materials and Methods: We instilled cyclopentolate 1% drops and refracted the patient followed after a few days with atropine eye drops 1% instillation and the results of both drugs were compared. The data are presented as mean and standard deviation (SD). Statistical analysis was performed using the SPSS software 19. A P-value of less than 0.05 was considered statistically significant. 

Results: The total refractions were recorded after cycloplegia with atropine 1% and cyclopentolate 1% eye drops.

Atropine refraction (mean4.05 D) was statically insignificantly comparing with cyclopentolate refraction (mean 3.315 D; P>0.05 )

Conclusion: There is no significant difference in the cycloplegic refraction values between the two drugs hence cyclopentolate is a safe and effective drug to be used in cycloplegic refraction.  Key Words : Atropine, Cyclopentolate, cycloplegic refraction

Citation of article: Alkhairy S, Rasheed A, Hassan M, Siddiqui F. Cycloplegic Refraction in children with Cyclopentolate versus Atropine. Med Forum 2015;26(9):6-9.