Effects of different mydriatics on intraocular pressure, pupil diameter, and ruminal and intestinal motility in healthy sheep

Alexandre P. Ribeiro, Roberta M. Crivelaro, Pedro Paulo M. Teixeira, Dunia Y. Trujillo, Patrícia J. Guimarães, Wilter Ricardo R. Vicente, Bianca da C. Martins, José Luiz Laus

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Objective: To determine the effects of the administration of subconjunctival 1% atropine (SA), topical 1% atropine (A), 0.5% tropicamide (T), 1% homatropine (H), 10% phenylephrine (P), and 2% ibopamine (I) on intraocular pressure (IOP), pupil diameter (PD), ruminal motility (RM) and intestinal motility (IM) in sheep. Animal studied: Ten spayed ewes of Santa Inês breed. Procedures: Six experiments were performed separately at 1-week intervals. One eye was randomly selected and received one drop of A, T, H, P, I, or subconjunctival injection of atropine at 8 a.m. On the following days, IOP and PD were evaluated every 8 h until the pupil returned to its normal diameter. Ruminal motility and intestinal motility were evaluated only within the first 13 h. Results: The IOP did not change significantly in the treated eyes compared with the control eyes and baseline at any time point (P > 0.05). A longer-lasting pupil dilation was observed after the administration of A (96 h), SA (79 h), H (24 h), and T (24 h). Within the first 30 min after treatment, RM and IM decreased, by 78% and 82% (H), 76% and 86% (SA), 46% and 58% (A), and 62% and 70% (T) (P < 0.001), respectively, with a tendency to return to baseline values following 13 h of drug administration. Both 10% phenylephrine and 2% ibopamine did not have any effect on the parameters evaluated (P > 0.05). Conclusions: Topical and subconjunctival 1% atropine, 0.5% tropicamide, and 1% homatropine significantly reduced RM and IM, and induced pupil dilation but did not change IOP in eyes of healthy sheep. The sympathomimetics phenylephrine (10%) and ibopamine (2%) did not change the parameters evaluated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-402
Number of pages6
JournalVeterinary Ophthalmology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Atropine
  • Parasympatholytics
  • Phenylephrine
  • Sheep
  • Sympathomimetics
  • Tropicamide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

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