Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops, 5ml


  • Relief from itching, redness, soreness and watering

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  • Relief from itching, redness, soreness and watering

Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops, 5ml

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.

Patient Information leaflet

Adults (including the elderly) and children over 6 years

  • Wash your hands
  • Remove the cap from the bottle
  • Tilt your head back
  • Squeeze one or two drops inside the lower lid without touching your eye
  • Close your eye
  • Wipe away any excess liquid from the eyes with a clean tissue
  • Always put the cap back on the bottle as soon as you have used it
  • Repeat in the other eye

How much to use

  • One or two drops in each eye four times a day

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

Brand

Opticrom

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:

  • The itching, redness or swelling gets worse. You may be allergic to these drops.

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:

  • Stinging or burning in your eyes or blurring of eyesight. This should only last for a short time and occurs immediately after using the eye drops
  • Mild eye irritation

Do not use this medicine:

  • If you or your child are allergic (hypersensitive) to sodium cromoglicate, or any of the other ingredients of Opticrom Hayfever (listed in Section 6: Further information)
    Signs of an allergic reaction include: a rash, swallowing or breathing problems, swelling of your lips, face, throat, tongue and worsening of redness, itching or swelling of the eye or eyelid
  • If your child is under 6 years of age
  • For other allergic eye symptoms (not caused by hayfever). Other things in everyday life can start allergies causing eye symptoms in certain people. For example contact with animals including pets, house dust mites, other particles and chemicals. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor.

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:

  • You must be confident that you or your child’s irritated eyes are caused by hayfever, or have been previously diagnosed by your doctor to suffer from hayfever: You can be sure allergic eyes are caused by hayfever if:
    • Both eyes are affected
    • You also have a runny or blocked nose
    • Your eyesight is not affected
    • You know you suffer from hayfever and your symptoms coincide with the times of year when grass or tree pollen is high.

    But if you or your child have:

    • No nose symptoms
    • Only one eye is affected
    • Your sight is affected

    Or if the eye symptoms:

    • occur at the wrong time of year for hayfever
    • are likely to be caused by another allergy, e.g. a pet or dust mite allergy

    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

  • The solution contains 2.0% w/v of the active substance, sodium cromoglicate
  • The other ingredients are disodium edetate, benzalkonium chloride and purified water

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