What is Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops?
Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops is a treatment that helps to provide relief for the effects for hayfever on the eyes. The active ingredient in the eye drops is sodium cromoglicate, which stops the release of the substances that cause the symptoms associated with an allergic reaction. This is said to be done by stabilising the mast cells, which are sensitive to foreign substances that enter the immune system.
What causes hayfever?
Pollen causes hayfever. Hayfever is caused by substances the body thinks are harmful coming into contact with the body. Unlike a virus, an allergy is not harmful to the body, yet the body thinks it is. This causes histamines to be produced which tackle what the body thinks is a threat. There’s no clear reason why this happens but it is believed that people who have a genetic history of hayfever or other allergies are more likely to have one themselves.
Who are these eye drops suitable for?
These eye drops are suitable to be used by adults and children aged 6 and over who are looking for relief for the effects of hayfever. This treatment should not be used by anyone who is allergic to the ingredients contained in the eye drops. It also should not be used if the symptoms are potentially caused by an allergy that is not hayfever. If you believe this to be the case, speak to a doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using. You should also get advice if you are using any medication for another condition.
Can someone who is pregnant or breastfeeding use these eye drops?
Anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding should consult a medical professional before using any treatment.
How should Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops be used?
Wash your hands before using this treatment. To apply, squeeze 1-2 drops in the lower eyelid without touching the eye. Close the eyelid and wipe away any leftover liquid using a clean tissue. Repeat this process for the other if it is needed. Use 1-2 drops in each eye up to 4 times a day. If symptoms do not use after 2 days, speak to a doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist for advice.
Are there any side effects?
Like with many medicines, there is a chance of side effects. Possible side effects include:
- Blurred vision
- Mild eye irritation
Blurred vision should only last for a short time, but if it lasts longer, or you notice any other side effect, stop using the treatment and speak to a doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist. You can also record any side effect you discover using the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U 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.
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