1 What is Ocuclear?

Brand: Ocuclear, Visine LR

Generic: Oxymetazoline

Ocuclear is a decongestant used for the relief of redness due to minor eye irritations, such as those caused by colds, dust, the wind, smog, pollen, swimming, or wearing contact lenses. This drug is available without a prescription.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Ocuclear, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it.

Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications.

Check with your healthcare professional before using oxymetazoline eye drops in children up to 6 years of age. Seek immediate medical attention if your child has eye redness that occurs with illnesses, such as allergies, fevers, colds, and measles.

It is still unknown whether this drug works exactly the same way in younger adults or if it causes different side effects or problems in older people. Data comparing the use of oxymetazoline in the elderly with use in other age groups are still unavailable.

Infant risk is still undetermined when using this drug during breastfeeding. Discuss with your healthcare professional about the potential risks and benefits of taking this drug while breastfeeding.

Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects.

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription drugs. Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects.

Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Inform your healthcare professional if you have any other medical problems such as eye disease, infection, or injury, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, overactive thyroid, or use of soft contact lenses.

3 Proper Usage

To use Ocuclear properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. The Ocuclear ophthalmic solution should not be used if it becomes cloudy or changes color. Wash your hands and apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye with the middle finger.

The head must be tilted back and with the index finger of the same hand, the lower eyelid must be pulled away from the eye to form a pouch. The drug must be dropped into the pouch and the eyes must be closed gently.

Do not blink as the eyes needs to be closed for 1 or 2 minutes to allow the drug to be absorbed. Prevent any form of contact to the applicator tip to any surface and keep the container tightly closed to keep the drug as germ-free as possible.

To prevent any side effects, take this drug exactly as directed on the label or as prescribed by your healthcare professional. The dose of this drug will be variable for different patients.

The directions on the label or the prescription by your healthcare professional should be followed. The dosage of this drug you take depends on the medical problem for which you are using this drug.

Adults and children 6 years of age and older with eye redness are advised to use 1 drop in the eye every six hours. Use and dose in children up to 6 years of age must be determined by your healthcare professional.

Store the drug in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing. Keep out of the reach of children.

Dispose any outdated or expired drugs and ask your healthcare professional for the proper disposal of the drugs.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Ocuclear, there are some precautions you must take. Consult with your healthcare professional if eye pain or change in vision occurs or if redness or irritation of the eye continues, gets worse, or lasts for more than 72 hours.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Ocuclear. Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur.

Seek advice from your healthcare professional immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms. Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine, the side effects will slowly disappear. Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

If any of the following side effects persists or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional. Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.