What is Optihist® Eye Drops with Naphazoline 0.01% + Boric Acid 1.1%
Optihist® with Naphazoline is a decongestant used to relieve redness, puffiness, and itchy/watering eyes due to colds, allergies, or eye irritations (smog, swimming, or wearing contact lenses). It is known as a sympathomimetic (alpha receptor agonist) that works in the eye to decrease congestion. Some brands of naphazoline eye drop also contain other ingredients. Lubricants (such as glycerin, hypromellose, or polyethylene glycol 300) help protect the eyes from more irritation. Zinc sulfate, boric acid and astringent, helps reduce redness and irritation.
Optihist® Eye Drop helps relieve symptoms of allergic eye disease such as pain, redness, swelling, itching, and watering of eyes. It also reduces infection and irritation in the eye due to its antiseptic property. Use it as prescribed to get the most benefit. If you see no improvement even after a week, talk to your doctor. Apart from using eye drops, it is advisable to wash your eyes with luke warm water to reduce discomfort.
Optihist® Eye Drops (Naphazoline) is a medicated ophthalmic solution applied to the eyes to treat and relieve redness, itchiness, watering, irritation and puffiness of the eyes when these symptoms are caused by swimming, contact lenses, allergies or other causes. The active ingredient in this product is a type of alpha-receptor agonist (sympathomimetic) that decreases congestion in the eyes and reduces redness by narrowing the blood vessels.
How to use Optihist® Eye Drops with Naphazoline
Follow all directions on the product package, or use as directed by your doctor. If you have any questions, ask your doctor. To apply eye drops, wash your hands first. To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface. Remove contact lenses before applying the eye drops. Wait at least 10 minutes after using this medication before inserting contact lenses. Before using, check this product visually. Do not use if the liquid has changed color or is cloudy. Use in the affected eye(s) as directed.
Tilt your head back, look upward, and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Hold the dropper directly over the eye and place 1 drop into the pouch. Look downward and gently close your eyes for 1 to 2 minutes. Place one finger at the corner of the eye near the nose and apply gentle pressure. This will prevent the medication from draining away from the eye. Try not to blink and do not rub the eye. Repeat these steps if your dose is for more than 1 drop and for the other eye if so directed.
Side effects of Optihist® Eye Drops
Possible side effects of Optihist® Eye Drops (Naphazoline) can include headache, dizziness, watery eyes, the blurring of your vision, a mild burning sensation of the eyes. Tell the prescribing physician if you experience any side effects. In some cases, patients using these eye drops may be affected by severe reactions. Seek medical attention straight away if you notice inflammation around the eyes, a worsening of redness, severe eye pain or any other symptoms of a serious reaction.