What are Optilast Eye Drops?
Optilast Eye Drops contain azelastine hydrochloride in a strength of 0.05%. This is an antihistamine, in an eye drop form, which helps to treat the symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis (an inflammation of the outermost layer of the eye caused by an allergy, such as with hay fever). If necessary, it can be used alongside an oral antihistamine.
How to use Optilast Eye Drops?
For the treatment of seasonal allergic conjunctivitis (such as hay fever) in adults and children over four years old, the recommended dose is to use one drop in each eye, twice a day. This frequency can be increased to four times a day if needed. You may find the drops are more effective if you start to use them before you are exposed to the allergen (for example, grass pollen), if that's possible.
For other allergies (non-seasonal), it's only recommended for adults and children over the age of 12. Optilast Eye Drops are only recommended for 6-12 weeks of continuous use.
It's important that you read the enclosed leaflet carefully before commencing use of Optilast Eye Drops.
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Are Optilast Eye Drops suitable for me?
You’ll find that there are certain situations for which these eye drops won’t be recommended – or it might be advised they’re used with caution. You’ll need to double check with the doctor whether Optilast is suitable if, for example, you wear contact lenses, you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, or if the patient is under the age of four.
Optilast Eye Drops will not be suitable if you are allergic to azelastine hydrochloride or any of the other ingredients.
It’s always important that you are honest with the doctor about any other medicines you’re taking, whether they have been prescribed by your doctor or purchased from a pharmacy.
What are the side effects of Optilast Eye Drops?
Like all medicines, with Optilast Eye Drops you may experience side. Common side effects can include a mild but temporary irritation after the eye drops are administered. If you experience this, you may wish to talk to your doctor.
For a full list of the potential side effects associated with Optilast Eye Drops, and any other important information you’ll need to be aware of, please read the patient leaflet provided in the pack before starting any course of treatment.
A version of the leaflet can be viewed online here.