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Quick summary

Type of medicine

Eye Symptom Reliever

Works by

Preventing histamine release in response to allergens, providing relief from hay fever eye symptoms.

Active Ingredient

Sodium Cromoglicate 2.0% w/v

Effective within

Provides relief within minutes to an hour after use.

Generic

No (Brand Name Product)

Side effects

Temporary stinging or burning sensation in the eyes, mild eye irritation, temporary blurred vision.

Medication details

Description

Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops provide targeted relief for individuals suffering from the uncomfortable symptoms of hay fever, also known as allergic conjunctivitis. Hay fever is a common allergic reaction to pollen, triggering symptoms like itchy, red, and watery eyes. These symptoms can significantly impact one's quality of life, making effective relief essential.

Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops contain the active ingredient Sodium Cromoglicate, a mast cell stabilizer. This medication works by preventing mast cells in the eyes from releasing histamines in response to allergens like pollen. By reducing histamine release, it helps control the allergic response, alleviating the discomfort associated with hay fever.

Directions

Wash Hands: Begin by thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water to ensure cleanliness.
Remove the Cap: Carefully remove the cap from the Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops bottle.
Tilt Head Back: Gently tilt your head backward while looking upward.
Pull Down Lower Eyelid: With one hand, gently pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket.
Apply Drops: Hold the eye drop bottle upside down over your eye and squeeze it to release one or two drops into the pocket created by your lower eyelid. Avoid touching your eye with the dropper tip or any other surface.
Close Eye and Blink: Close your eye gently and blink a few times to help distribute the solution evenly across the eye surface.
Repeat if Necessary: If you need to treat both eyes, repeat the process for the other eye.
Replace Cap: Securely replace the cap on the eye drop bottle to prevent contamination.
Storage: Store Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops at room temperature, protect from direct sunlight, and ensure the bottle is tightly closed when not in use.
Dosage: The recommended dosage is one or two drops into each eye four times a day. Always follow the usage instructions on the product packaging or as advised by your healthcare professional.

Ingredients

Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops contain the following active ingredient:
Sodium Cromoglicate 2.0% w/v: A mast cell stabilizer that helps prevent histamine release in response to allergens, providing relief from hay fever symptoms.
Other inactive ingredients may include disodium edetate, benzalkonium chloride, and purified water.

Side Effects

Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops are generally well-tolerated. However, as with any medication, some individuals may experience mild, transient side effects, including:
Temporary stinging or burning sensation in the eyes
Mild eye irritation
Blurred vision (temporary)
If you experience severe or persistent side effects, discontinue use and consult with a healthcare professional or pharmacist.

Warnings

Consult a Healthcare Professional: If your hay fever eye symptoms persist or worsen after using Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops, consult a healthcare professional or optometrist for a comprehensive eye evaluation.
Allergies: Avoid using this product if you are allergic to any of its ingredients listed on the product packaging.
Contact Lenses: Remove contact lenses before applying the eye drops and wait at least 15 minutes before reinserting them. Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops are suitable for use with both soft and hard contact lenses.
Pregnancy and Nursing: If you are pregnant, nursing, or planning to become pregnant, consult with a healthcare professional before using this product.
Keep Out of Reach of Children: Store the eye drops out of the reach of children. In case of accidental ingestion, seek medical assistance promptly.
Use with Caution: There is no specific information about interactions with alcohol. However, exercise caution if you consume alcohol and experience severe hay fever eye symptoms, as alcohol can exacerbate these symptoms.

Medically reviewed and published

  • This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead on 5 oct 2023, 14:30

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FAQs

Please read our FAQs page to find out more.

How quickly can I expect relief after using Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops?

Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops typically provide relief from hay fever eye symptoms within minutes to an hour after application. However, individual responses may vary based on the severity of symptoms and personal sensitivity.

Can I use Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops as a preventive measure for hay fever?

Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops are designed to provide relief from existing hay fever eye symptoms. They may not be effective as a preventive measure. It's advisable to start using them when symptoms arise or as directed by a healthcare professional.

Is it safe to use Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops while wearing contact lenses?

Yes, Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops are suitable for use with both soft and hard contact lenses. However, it's recommended to remove your contact lenses before applying the drops and wait at least 15 minutes before reinserting them.

Can I use Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops alongside oral antihistamines for hay fever?

Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops contain Sodium Cromoglicate, which works differently from oral antihistamines. It's generally safe to use them together, but consult with a healthcare professional or pharmacist for guidance on combining hay fever treatments.

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