About Opticrom

Allergy and hayfever eyes occur when your immune system (your body's natural defence system) overreacts to a normally harmless substance.

Allergy Eyes

Opticrom Allergy Eye Drops provide fast, effective relief for eyes irritated by airborne allergies. Such allergic reactions can affect you at any time of year, making your eyes itchy which causes distress and prevents you from carrying on with your day.

Triggers can include mould, dustmites and animal dander (flakes of animal skin, hair and feathers), whereas pollen and spores are more commonly associated with hayfever – see Hayfever Eyes below.

Opticrom Allergy Eye Drops quickly soothe the eye by blocking the release of your body's natural allergic response chemical – Histamine - so you should start to feel the benefit within two minutes of first use. Apply one or two drops in each eye, up to four times daily or as directed by your pharmacist or doctor.

Hayfever Eyes

Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops provide fast, effective relief for eyes suffering from hayfever. Hayfever usually occurs in spring and summer as an allergic reaction to airborne pollen and spores released by plants, trees, grass, mould and fungi. This can be painful and distressing and prevent you from carrying on with your normal day-to-day activities.

Hayfever eyes can affect you for a few days or even weeks in the ‘hayfever season’, which is typically spring and summer. See our Pollen Calendar for details of the different pollen types and their seasons. If you suffer from hayfever, you can treat your eyes with Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops as soon as your symptoms begin.

Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops quickly soothe the eye by blocking the release of your body's natural allergic response chemical – Histamine – so you should start to feel the benefit within two minutes of first use.

Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops are suitable for both adults and children aged 6 upwards. Apply one or two drops in each eye, up to four times daily. Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops should not be used continuously for more than 14 days without seeking medical advice.

Opticrom is available to buy over the counter from leading independent and supermarket pharmacies without the need for a doctor’s prescription. You can also buy Opticrom online. Always read the label before use.

When should I use them?

If you notice any of the following symptoms you may be suffering from hayfever eyes:

  • Red, itchy or watery eyes
  • A clear or stringy discharge
  • Puffy eyelids
  • Associated hayfever symptoms such as sneezing or a blocked or runny nose
  • Symptoms appearing in the "hayfever season" (spring-summer) or after contact with pollen
  • Both eyes affected

If you also notice any crusting of the eyelid, if your eyesight is affected, symptoms are only in one eye or you have any other doubts, you should consult medical advice before any treatment.

When should I use them?

If you notice any of the following symptoms you may be suffering from allergy eyes:

  • Red, itchy or watery eyes
  • A clear or stringy discharge
  • Puffy eyelids
  • Associated allergy symptoms such as sneezing or a blocked or runny nose
  • Symptoms appearing after contact with dust, pollen, mould or a pet
  • Both eyes affected

If you also notice any crusting of the eyelid, if your eyesight is affected, symptoms are only in one eye or you have any other doubts, you should consult medical advice before any treatment.