Dilating the eye before an exam or surgery and preventing the eye from focusing. Cyclopentolate is an anticholinergic agent. It works by relaxing the muscle of the eye to cause the pupil to dilate or widen.
Cyclopentolate is a medication that is commonly used to dilate the pupils of patients who are being given an eye exam or prior to an eye procedure. Cyclopentolate relaxes the muscles of the eye in order to widen the pupil for easier access to the internal components of the eye. It is more frequently used during pediatric exams.