What should I know about tropicamide before using it?

Tropicamide is a prescription eye medication that's used to dilate the pupil and to paralyze eye muscles before certain examinations or diagnostic tests. Tropicamide is a type of medication called an anticholinergic, which works by relaxing the eye muscles. When these muscles relax, the pupil widens, which allows doctors to see into the back of the eye. Tropicamide comes as a solution that's given as an eye drop. If you wear contact lenses, take them out before tropicamide is administered. The eye doctor or nurse will apply the drops shortly before the test.

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