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Optilast eye drop solution provides quick relief from allergic conjunctivitis, the allergy symptoms which affect the eyes. This includes puffy, itchy and watery eyes. Its active ingredient is an antihistamine called azelastine hydrochloride.
The eye contains a certain group of cells called mast cells. Mast cells are responsible for the eye’s immune response to foreign particles. They react to allergens by releasing substances called histamines, which causes the eyes to become watery and inflamed. The most common allergens are pollen, animal fur, and dust mites. Azelastine hydrochloride prevents these cells from releasing histamine, which reduces the associated inflammation.
Allergic conjunctivitis is a very common condition. There are a number of steps you can take to reduce your exposure to allergens:
Wash your hands thoroughly before use. Place one drop in each eye, twice a day. If this dose is ineffective, you can increase this frequency to four times per day. Avoid touching the tip of the eyedropper to your eye or any other surface. If you struggle with this, you can try resting your hand on the side of your face and placing the drop on the side of your eye.
Optilast should not be used for more than 6 weeks continuously. Use a new bottle of Optilast after four weeks, to ensure that the drops remain sterile.
Children under the age of 12 should not use Optilast.
Not everyone will experience side effects when they use Optilast eye drops. However, if you do, they can include:
Stinging in the eyes or blurred vision. This should go away a few moments after using the drops.
If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
Optilast will be unsuitable for you if your eye problems are not due to allergies. Talk to your doctor if the symptoms are localised in one eye, if you have impaired vision or if you are not suffering from allergy symptoms in the nose – this may indicate that you have an infection, not an allergy.
Talk to your GP if your symptoms do not improve within 48 hours of using Optilast.
Remove contact lenses prior to using Optilast. After using the drops, wait at least 15 minutes before you reinsert your lenses.
Please read all packaging and the Patient Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.
The active ingredient contained in Optilast eye drops is:
Azelastine hydrochloride 0.05% (0.5mg/ml)
Optilast also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:
Benzalkonium chloride, disodium edetate, hypromellose, liquid sorbitol (crystallising) (E420i), sodium hydroxide (E524).
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