Lidocaine belongs to the family of medicines called local anesthetics. This medicine is applied in the eye to cause numbness or loss of feeling before certain procedures. It works by blocking the signals at the nerve endings in the eye.

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  • lidocaine
  • More common:
    Blurred vision or other changes in vision
    burning feeling at site of application
    redness of the white part of eyes or inside of eyelids
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with lidocaine ophthalmic may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common:
    Headache
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