Optilast Eye Drops (8ml)
£12.99 – £33.50
Optilast Eye Drops contain azelastine hydrochloride, an antihistamine, in an eye drop form.
which helps to treat the symptoms of non-allergic and allergic conjunctivitis. Applied directly to the source of discomfort, relief of symptoms can be noticed after 15-30 minutes.
Optilast Eye Drops, what are they and what are they used for?
Optilast contains the active substance azelastine hydrochloride, which belongs to a group of medicines called antiallergics (antihistamines). Antihistamines work by preventing the effects of substances such as histamine that the body produces as part of an allergic reaction.
Azelastine can reduce inflammation of the eye.
It can be used to treat and prevent eye disorders which you get with hay fever (seasonal allergic conjunctivitis) in adults and children aged 4 years and above.
Optilast can be used for eye disorders caused by an allergy to substances such as house dust mites or animal hair (perennial allergic conjunctivitis) in adults and children aged 12 years and above.
Optilast is not suitable for treating eye infections.
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How to use Optilast
Eye disorders caused by hayfever (seasonal allergic conjunctivitis) and allergy (non-seasonal (perennial) allergic conjunctivitis.
The usual dose is one drop in one or both eyes in the morning and evening.
Using Optilast as a preventative measure can help before making contact with pollen.
Relief of symptoms or of allergic eye conjunctivitis can take anywhere between 15-30 minutes.
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Duration of treatment
If possible, you should use Optilast regularly until your symptoms have disappeared.
Do not take Optilast for more than 6 weeks.
Contains Benzalkonium Chloride
Benzalkonium chloride may be absorbed by soft contact lenses and may change the colour of the contact lenses.
You should remove contact lenses before using this medicine and put them back 15 minutes afterwards.
Benzalkonium chloride may also cause eye irritation, especially if you have dry eyes or disorders of the cornea (the
clear layer at the front of the eye). If you feel abnormal eye sensation, stinging or pain in the eye after using this
medicine, talk to your doctor.
Do not use this medicine if the bottle has been open for longer than 4 weeks.
Check if you have hay fever
Symptoms of hay fever include:
sneezing and coughing
a runny or blocked nose
itchy, red or watery eyes
itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
loss of smell
pain around your temples and forehead
If you have asthma, you might also:
have a tight feeling in your chest
be short of breath
wheeze and cough
Hay fever will last for weeks or months, unlike a cold, which usually goes away after 1 to 2 weeks.
How to treat hay fever yourself
There’s currently no cure for hay fever and you can’t prevent it. But you can do things to ease your symptoms when the pollen count is high.
put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
shower and change your clothes after you’ve been outside to wash pollen off
stay indoors whenever possible
keep windows and doors shut as much as possible
vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth
buy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and a vacuum cleaner with a special HEPA filter
cut grass or walk on grass
spend too much time outside
keep fresh flowers in the house
smoke or be around smoke – it makes your symptoms worse
dry clothes outside – they can catch pollen
let pets into the house if possible – they can carry pollen indoors
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.
For a full list of side effects please see the patient information leaflet.