Opticrom Hayfever 2% w/v Eye Drops (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.
Uses / Instructions
How to use this medicine
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 you have any questions concerning the use of these drops in a child, or are unsure if the child has allergic eyes, you should seek advice from your
doctor or pharmacist.
For a more detailed list see the patient information leaflet.
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.
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
For a full list see the patient information leaflet
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