What is Optilast?
Optilast eye drops contain the active ingredient azelastine. Azelastine falls under the group of antihistamines: medications that counteract allergic reactions in the body.
What is Optilast used for?
Optilast eye drops are used to treat eye symptoms as a result of an allergic reaction. With this the patient suffers from red, painful and/or watery eyes and itching eyes, often in combination with nasal symptoms like stuffy nose, runny nose and sneeze attacks. These symptoms are usually caused by hay fever or an allergic reaction to dust mites, pets or mold. Optilast reduces the response of the eye on the irritant, so that the eye symptoms reduce rapidly.
How to use Optilast?
Use Optilast at fixed intervals. To keep the eye drops sterile, it is important that you wash your hands before use and avoid contact between the tip of the bottle and your eyes. Read the leaflet for more information about administering eye drops.
Optilast may discolor soft contact lenses. Therefore, remove your lenses before treating your eyes and then wait at least 15 minutes before putting them in again.
Optilast eye drops are preservable for 1 month after opening.
Note: Optilast may not be used more than 6 consecutive weeks.
Optilast eye drops contain 0.5 mg of azelastine per ml. The doctor will tell you how often you should administer the eye drops at a time.The general guidelines for dosage for adults and children over 4 years: every morning and evening 1 drop per eye. Do not use the eye drops for more than six weeks in a row unless the doctor advises otherwise.
If you forget a dose, you can still take it, unless it is almost time for your next dose.
When using Optilast you may suffer the following side effects:
- Irritation of the eye (itching, burning sensation, blurred vision) just after applying the drops. These symptoms are temporary and disappear quickly.
- Bitter taste. This is because a portion of the eye drops ends up in the throat via the tear ducts. If necessary, take a drink of water to wash away the taste
- Very rarely: allergic reactions (rash, itching)
See package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications, warnings and other side effects.
Pregnancy / breastfeeding
It is not known whether Optilast harms the health of a (unborn) baby. For this reason do not use Optilast if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding, unless the doctor advises otherwise.