Why? Local anaesthetics allow your optometrist to measure eye pressure or remove a foreign body painlessly by numbing the surface of the eye.

Common local anaesthetic eye drops are:

  • lidocaine
  • oxybuprocaine
  • proxymetacaine

The drops take about 60 seconds to work and the effect may last for up to 25 minutes. They may sting briefly at first.

Do not rub your eyes!

  • Avoid getting dust or grit in your eye.
  • If you wear contact lenses do not put them back in until your optometrist tells you it is safe to do so.
  • In the unlikely event that you experience any unusual symptoms such as pain or soreness in or around your eyes or your vision seems blurred, contact your optometrist or seek medical advice as you might be experiencing an adverse reaction to the drops.

Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician.

For more information and to book and eye examination please contact us:

Specs Direct  |  Professional Affordable Eyewear

20 McIntyre Street, Parow, Cape Town 7500

Tel: 021 939 1020


Note: We are contracted to most medical aids