Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops 2% w/v (called Opticrom Hayfever in this leaflet) contain a medicine called sodium cromoglicate. This belongs to a group of medicines called anti-allergics.
It works by stopping the release of the natural substances in your eyes that can lead to an allergic reaction. Signs of an allergic reaction include itchy, watery, red or inflamed eyes and puffy eyelids.
These symptoms occur usually in the late spring or early summer when pollen from grasses or trees comes into contact with the eyes of people who are sensitive to them. This condition is sometimes called ‘hayfever eyes’ or by its medical term: seasonal allergic conjunctivitis.
Adults (including the elderly) and children over 6 years
How much to use
If your eyes are no better after 2 days of using the eye drops, see your doctor or pharmacist.
It is best to use your eye drops regularly every day while high pollen levels are expected, to keep your eye condition controlled. If you find you need to use them continuously for more than 14 days, then check with your pharmacist or doctor before continuing
Like all medicines, Opticrom Hayfever can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop using Opticrom Hayfever and see a doctor as soon as possible if:
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if any of the side effects gets serious or lasts longer than a few days, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet:
Do not use this medicine:
Do not use this medicine if the above applies to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Opticrom Hayfever.
Take special care with Opticrom Hayfever:
But if you or your child have:
Or if the eye symptoms:
then you cannot be sure that the condition is due to hayfever and you should see your doctor or pharmacist before you use these drops.
If you are not sure if the above applies to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Opticrom Hayfever.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Talk to your doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant, might become pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
If you are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking or using any medicine.
Driving and using machines
You may have blurred eyesight straight after using this medicine.
If this happens, do not drive or use any tools or machines until you can see clearly.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Opticrom Hayfever
Opticrom Hayfever contains benzalkonium chloride. This may cause your eyes to become irritated.
Benzalkonium chloride is known to discolour soft contact lenses. Avoid contact with soft contact lenses.
For all other types of contact lenses:
Remove contact lenses prior to application and wait at least 15 minutes before reinsertion.
What Opticrom Hayfever contains
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