Miotic effect of brimonidine tartrate 0.15% ophthalmic solution in normal eyes

John E. Thordsen, Kraig S. Bower, Brent B. Warren, Richard Stutzman

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Purpose: To evaluate the effect of brimonidine tartrate 0.15% ophthalmic solution (Alphagan® P) on pupil diameter in eyes of healthy adults under different luminance conditions. Setting: Center for Refractive Surgery, Ophthalmology Service, Department of Surgery, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA. Methods: Using a Colvard pupillometer, the pupil diameter was measured in 15 eyes of 15 healthy adults under 3 luminance conditions (scotopic, mesopic, photopic). The luminance of the room was measured using the Minolta LS-110 Luminance Meter. Pupil diameter was remeasured using the same technique 30 minutes, 4 hours, and 6 hours after administration of 1 drop of brimonidine tartrate 0.15% ophthalmic solution. Results: Under scotopic conditions (luminance 0.0 candelas [cd]/m2), the pupil diameter decreased by 1.0 mm or more in 100%, 87%, and 60% of eyes at 30 minutes, 4 hours, and 6 hours, respectively (P<.005); under mesopic conditions (luminance 0.2 cd/m2), in 93%, 73%, and 40% of eyes, respectively (P<.005); and under photopic conditions (luminance 150.2 cd/m2), in 73%, 87%, and 67% of eyes, respectively (P<.005). Conclusions: Brimonidine tartrate 0.15% ophthalmic solution produced a significant miotic effect under all 3 luminance conditions. The reproducible miotic effect under scotopic and mesopic conditions may help postoperative refractive patients who report night-vision difficulties related to a large pupil.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1702-1706
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of cataract and refractive surgery
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems


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