What are Opticrom Allergy Eye Drops?
Opticrom Allergy Eye Drops are a treatment for allergy symptoms in your eyes. If you have an eye allergy that causes watery, red, irritated eyes, these eye drops can help to relieve your symptoms and help you feel more comfortable. They’re easy to use and get to work quickly, helping to ease irritation and relieve perennial allergic conjunctivitis.
Why do I have allergy symptoms in my eyes?
When you have an allergy, such as a sensitivity to pet fur or dust mites, then you can experience symptoms in your eyes as a part of an allergic reaction. When you come into contact with something you’re allergic to your body releases a natural substance called histamine, which tells different parts of your body to get rid of the allergen. One of these areas is your eyes, which experience itching, redness, inflammation, and watering when histamine is released into them.
How will Opticrom Allergy Eye Drops relieve my allergy symptoms?
Opticrom Allergy Eye Drops contain an active ingredient called sodium cromoglicate, which is an anti-allergic. It works by keeping histamine from being released into your eyes so it can’t cause your allergy symptoms. This treats and prevents symptoms like itching, redness, and watery eyes at the source.
Can I use these eye drops if I’m wearing contact lenses?
You should not use Opticrom Allergy eye drops if you wear soft contact lenses. These eye drops can contain benzalkonium chloride, which can change the colour of your contact lenses. If you’re looking for Opticrom Allergy eye drops which can be used alongside contact lenses, Opticrom Allergy Single Dose eye drops could be a better option for you.
Can I drive after using these allergy eye drops?
Your vision may become blurry immediately after you use Opticrom Allergy Eye Drops. This is normal and will usually pass quite quickly. If this happens to you, you should not attempt to drive or use any tools or machinery until your vision has cleared and you’re sure that you are safe to do so.
Can I use this product if I’m pregnant?
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using Opticrom eye drops. This product may not be suitable for you at the moment so you should only use it if told to by a medical professional.
How to use Opticrom Allergy Eye Drops
Before using these eye drops you should wash and dry your hands. Remove the cap from the bottle of drops. Tilt your head back and use your other hand to gently pull down on your lower eyelid, creating a gap between your eye and eyelid. Gently squeeze the bottle of Opticrom eye drops to deposit 1 - 2 drops into the gap below your lower lid, then close your eye to spread the drops evenly across its surface. Use a tissue to wipe away any excess drops from around your eye. For best results, use 1 - 2 drops in each eye four times a day.
When should this product not be used?
Do not use Opticrom Allergy Eye Drops if you are allergic to sodium cromoglicate or any of the other listed ingredients. This product is for use in the eyes only, do not swallow. If you accidentally use more than the recommended dose you should speak to your doctor right away.
Do Opticrom Allergy Eye Drops have any side effects?
Like all medications, Opticrom Allergy Eye Drops can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. These symptoms include:
- Symptoms of an allergic reaction to the drops, e.g. itching, redness, or swelling getting worse
- Stinging or burning sensations in your eyes or blurred eyesight immediately after applying the drops. This will usually pass quite quickly
- Mild eye irritation
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product you should speak to a doctor right away. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place which is below 30 degrees C. Keep the bottle of drops inside the original packaging to protect from light. Do not use this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Once opened use within 4 weeks. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
Why do I need to answer questions to buy this product?
You do not need a prescription for Opticrom Allergy Eye Drops, however, you will be asked to complete a short medical questionnaire by your Chemist4U pharmacist before we can take your order. This includes some simple questions that all pharmacies legally are required to ask before supplying this kind of product. This helps our pharmacy team to be sure that Opticrom is the best choice for you.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.
Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.
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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