What is Opticrom 2%?
Opticrom 2% eye drops are used to treat allergic conjunctivitis caused by allergies. Allergic conjunctivitis is inflammation of parts of the eyes. Symptoms of this can include inflamed, red, watery, itchy eyes and puffy eyelids.
How does Opticrom work?
Sodium cromoglicate (sometimes incorrectly spelled sodium cromoglycate) is the active ingredient in Opticrom eye drops. It is an anti-allergic ingredient that works to stop the production of the substances that cause unpleasant symptoms when an allergen is affecting the body.
Don’t use Opticrom allergy eye drops if:
- You’re allergic to sodium cromoglicate or any other ingredient in this medicine
- You wear soft contact lenses
- You’re pregnant or breastfeeding
Benzalkonium chloride is one of the ingredients in these eye drops. This can cause irritation in the eyes and can also change the colour of contact lenses.
How do you take Opticrom?
Be sure to use Opticrom eye drops as prescribed by your doctor.
To use Opticrom eye drops, put one or two drops in each eye four times a day. Use this medication as directed by your doctor and don’t use Opticrom consistently for more than 3 months.
When putting these eye drops in, make sure you follow the instructions in the patient information leaflet.
How effective is Opticrom?
Opticrom sodium cromoglicate eye drops are clinically proven to treat symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis.
For best results, use this medication for as long as your doctor has prescribed. Your symptoms could come back if you stop using your eye drops too early.
What are the main side effects of Opticrom?
Opticrom drops can cause side effects like any medication can, although not everyone will experience them.
Three common side effects of eye drops are:
- Stinging or burning in the eyes
- Blurred eyesight
- Eye irritation
If you use this medication and find that your eyesight is affected, you shouldn’t drive.
For a full list of Opticrom side effects, please see the patient information leaflet.