EYE INFECTIONS & CONJUNCTIVITIS

Find out more about the causes, symptoms & treatments

WHAT IS CONJUNCTIVITIS?

Conjunctivitis can be caused by infection or allergies. It means inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the thin membrane that covers the white part of your eye and the inside of your eyelid.

INFECTED CONJUCTIVA

Infective conjunctivitis is highly contagious and can be spread easily through contact with the discharge from the eyes. This is why the condition often starts in one eye and then spreads to the other and also spreads easily from person to person.

Acute bacterial conjunctivitis is when the infection has been caused by bacteria. It’s estimated that bacterial infection is the cause of between 50-75% of the cases of infective conjunctivitis in children.

It is a common condition that anyone can get, although children and the elderly are more at risk, as are people who have weaker immune systems, like those with diabetes. People who don’t wash their hands properly before inserting or removing contacts lenses are also more at risk.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

• The condition can affect one eye first, but usually affects both eyes after a few hours

• The white of your eyes may look inflamed and pink and your eyelids may be swollen

• Your eyes may feel gritty with a burning sensation (but are not usually that painful)

• You may have a sticky yellow discharge that makes your eyelashes stick together and can form a crust overnight, making it hard to open your eyes after sleeping. The discharge may make your vision blurred but this should clear on blinking


For the following symptoms you should seek medical advice from a GP or pharmacist:

• Eye pain

• Blurred or loss of vision

• A scratch or injury to the eye itself

• A dislike of light in the eye

• Blister or sore patches present on the skin around or near the eye

WHAT ARE THE MAIN CAUSES?

• Contact with someone who’s already got the infection

• Wearing contact lenses and having poor lens hygiene

• Touching your eyes when your fingers are not clean

TOP TIPS TO HELP RELIEVE & PREVENT CONJUNCTIVITIS

1

Wash hands regularly especially after touching infected eyes. Parents should remind children to wash their hands regularly and throw away any tissues they use to wipe their infected eyes.

2

Wash pillows and face cloths in hot water and detergent.

3

Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes and don’t wear eye make-up until the infection has cleared up. Dispose of partially used make-up to avoid re-contamination. If you wear contact lenses, don’t wear them until your infection has gone completely and make sure you clean them thoroughly before using again.

4

Don’t share flannels, towels, pillows or make-up to avoid spreading the infection.

HOW CAN OPTREX PROVIDE RELIEF?

EYE DROPS

OPTREX INFECTED EYE DROPS

FOR ACUTE BACTERIAL CONJUNCTIVITIS

• Targeted relief from infected eyes

• Scientifically proven to help treat bacterial conjunctivitis

• Contains chloramphenicol, an effective antibiotic to help treat your infected eyes

• Easy-to-use, expert eye care treatment available without prescription


Directions for use:

Apply one drop to the affected eye every two hours for the first 48 hours. Thereafter, apply one drop every four hours. Drops should be used during waking hours only. The product must be stored between 2-8°C.

The course of treatment is five days. Contact lenses should not be worn for the duration of treatment. Suitable for adults and children from two years.

You may wish to use our Infected Eye Drops during the day and our Ointment at night. This is fine, but do not both products at the same time of day.

If your symptoms do not improve within 48 hours, please consult your doctor. Always read the label for more information before use.


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OINTMENT

OPTREX BACTERIAL CONJUNCTIVITIS EYE OINTMENT

FOR ACUTE BACTERIAL CONJUNCTIVITIS

• Targeted relief from infected eyes in ointment format.

• Offers an alternative for adults and children who don’t like eye drops

• Doesn’t need to go in the fridge

• Scientifically proven to help treat acute bacterial conjunctivitis

• Contains chloramphenicol, an effective antibiotic


Directions for use:

Apply a small amount in the affected eye three to four times daily for five days. The course of treatment is five days. Contact lenses should not be worn for the duration of treatment. Suitable for adults and children from two years.

You may wish to use our Infected Eye Drops during the day and our Ointment at night. This is fine, but do not both products at the same time of day.

If your symptoms do not improve within 48 hours, please consult your doctor. Always read the label for more information before use.


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EYE WASH

OPTREX MULTI ACTION EYE WASH

TO HELP WASH, CLEANSE AND SOOTHE EYES

• Pollen, grit, smoke and eye strain can leave eyes feeling gritty and uncomfortable

• Helps wash away particles to cleanse the eye

• Contains natural plant extracts, like Witch Hazel

• FlexiSeal Eye bath is included, helping to prevent leakage


Directions for use:

Rinse the eye bath with eye wash before use, then fill until a third full. Bend head slightly forward, holding eye bath by its base. Place eye bath over your eye. Slowly raise your head, opening your eye so the eye wash flows freely over it. Gently rock your head from side to side for at least 30 seconds, then discard any remaining eye wash. Suitable for use everyday and for adults and children over 12 years. Always read the instructions for more information.


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EYE DROPS FOR BLOODSHOT EYES

OPTREX BLOODSHOT EYE DROPS

FOR BLOODSHOT EYES

If you have redness in your eye, but not an eye infection, then you may seek symptomatic relief from our Bloodshot Eye Drops

• Dusty, smoky atmospheres, eye strain and chlorine in swimming pools can make the eyes red

• When our eyes are red, it is because more blood than usual is flowing through the small blood vessels

• Our Bloodshot drops contains an active ingredient which acts as a mild astringent to temporarily restore the normal flow of blood and help remove redness


Directions for use:

Gently squeeze one or two drops into each affected eye. Do not use more than four times in 24 hours. Suitable for adults and children over 12 years. Remove contact lenses prior to application and wait at least 15 minutes before reinsertion. Always read the label for more information before use.


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EYE DROPS FOR ALLERGIC CONJUNCTIVITIS

OPTREX ALLERGY 2% W/V EYE DROPS

FOR ALLERGIC CONJUNCTIVITIS

If you think you’re suffering from allergic conjunctivitis symptoms (red, watery, itchy eyes), then consider our Allergy Eye Drops.

• Targeted relief for allergy eyes

• Soothes and prevents itchy, allergy eyes

• For the treatment of itchy & watery eyes caused by hayfever, house mites, dust, pet hairs and other particulates

• No other drops containing sodium cromoglicate are more effective for allergy or itchy eyes*


Directions for use:

One to two drops into each eye, four times daily, or as directed by your doctor. Remove contact lenses prior to application and wait at least 15 minutes before reinsertion. Always read the label for more information before use.


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Always read the label before using our products. RB-M-17117

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Date of preparation: December 2020