Opatanol is a clear eye drop liquid that contains the active substance olopatadine. Your doctor may prescribe opantanol to treat symptoms such as seasonal allergic conjunctivitis caused by pollen that irritates the eye and triggers inflammation.
Many people that suffer from hay fever will experience itching, redness and swelling to the eyes when the thin layer of tissue that covers the front of the eye (conjunctiva) becomes inflamed. Opatanol will help counteract the symptoms but can only be obtained with a prescription.
Conjunctivitis is a common eye condition that can affect both eyes and will usually clear up in a couple of weeks, but the symptoms can be eased and treated by medications such as opatanol eye drops.
There are different kinds of conjunctivitis, each with its own symptoms. The most common ones being:
This is an infection caused by bacteria such as Staphylococci, Streptococci or Haemophilus. Both eyes can be affected and the eyes will have a sticky discharge that may cause your eyelids to stick together and form crusting on the eyelashes. Your eyes can feel gritty and sore.
This is caused by the adenovirus and can affect you when you catch a cold. You can suffer from red and watery eyes and your conjunctiva and eyelids can swell up. It is easy to spread to other family members, so it’s important to practice good hygiene by washing your hands and face regularly and not sharing face cloths or towels. You can feel unwell with viral conjunctivitis.
This is a very common condition in people who suffer from other allergies, such as asthma, eczema and hay fever. It is often caused by pollen so is more often seen during the months of the year with a high pollen count. It can also be caused by other common allergens such as dust mites and cosmetics.
Most people with conjunctivitis will suffer common symptoms such as a gritty feeling and itching of the eyes, intermittent red eyes and some sort of discharge. While the condition is more common during the spring and summer, some people do suffer from allergic conjunctivitis all year round.
Your doctor may prescribe a lubricating or moisturising eye treatment such as opatanol eye drops that help to calm down the inflammation and soothe the conjunctiva. It will also help to identify what has triggered the allergic response so you can eliminate the cause.
However, an allergic reaction to pollen is a little more tricky to avoid, so your doctor may prescribe opatanol eye drops to help control your symptoms during the spring and summer when pollen counts are high.
In most cases, allergic conjunctivitis isn’t serious and will usually clear up in a couple of weeks, but if your symptoms are severe or don’t improve with medical treatment, then you must see your doctor.
If you wear contact lenses and develop conjunctivitis, you should refrain from wearing them until the condition has cleared. People who wear lenses can develop an eye infection that may need specialist treatment.
Opatanol contains benzalkonium chloride, which can cause some discolouration to soft contact lenses, so care should be taken when using opatanol and wearing contact lenses.
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