What is the role of cycloplegics in the treatment of ophthalmologic manifestations of ankylosing spondylitis?

Updated: May 15, 2020
  • Author: Jean Deschênes, MD, FRCSC; Chief Editor: Hampton Roy, Sr, MD  more...
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Cycloplegics reduce ciliary spasm and pain and prevent the development of posterior synechiae. Drugs and dosing include the following:

  • Tropicamide 1%, 3 times a day (mild disease)
  • Homatropine 2% or 5%, 2-4 times a day (moderate to severe inflammation, hypopyon

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