What is Clear Eyes® (naphazoline ophthalmic) used for?
Naphazoline is a vasoconstrictor. It works by narrowing swollen blood vessels in the eyes to reduce eye redness.
Clear Eyes® is for temporary relief of minor eye redness or discomfort caused by minor irritants.
Clear Eyes® may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
How should I take Clear Eyes® (naphazoline ophthalmic)?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Using the medication too long or too often may worsen your symptoms and cause damage to the blood vessels in your eyes.
Wash your hands before using the eye drops.
To apply the eye drops:
- Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye with the tip down. Look up and away from the dropper and squeeze out a drop.
- Close your eye and gently press your finger to the inside corner of the eye for about 1 minute, to keep the liquid from draining into your tear duct.
- Use only the number of drops recommended.
Do not touch the tip of the eye dropper or place it directly on your eye. A contaminated dropper can infect your eye, which could lead to serious vision problems.
Do not use the eye drops if the liquid has changed colors or has particles in it.
How do I store Clear Eyes® (naphazoline ophthalmic)?
Clear Eyes® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Clear Eyes® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Clear Eyes® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Clear Eyes® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Clear Eyes® (naphazoline ophthalmic)?
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Clear Eyes® or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
- You have narrow-angle glaucoma.
Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have ongoing or worsening eye redness, eye pain, vision changes, severe dizziness, or headache, buzzing in your ears, or feeling short of breath.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Clear Eyes® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Clear Eyes®. Clear Eyes® is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
- A=No risk
- B=No risk in some studies
- C=There may be some risk
- D=Positive evidence of risk
What side effects can occur from Clear Eyes® (naphazoline ophthalmic)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using naphazoline ophthalmic and call your doctor at once if you have:
- Ongoing or worsening eye redness
- Eye pain
- Changes in your vision
- Chest pain, fast or uneven heart rate
- Severe headache, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, or feeling short of breath
Common side effects may include:
- Mild burning or stinging of the eye
- Blurred vision, watery eyes
- Mild headache, dizziness, nervousnes
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Clear Eyes® (naphazoline ophthalmic)?
Clear Eyes® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Products that may interact with this drug are:
- An antidepressant–amitriptyline, clomipramine, desipramine, desvenlafaxine, doxepin, duloxetine, imipramine, maprotiline, milnacipran, nortriptyline, venlafaxine
- Ergot medicine–ergotamine, dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, methylergonovine
- An MAO inhibitor–furazolidone, isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine
Does food or alcohol interact with Clear Eyes® (naphazoline ophthalmic)?
Clear Eyes® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Clear Eyes® (naphazoline ophthalmic)?
Clear Eyes® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
Health conditions that may interact with this drug are:
- Heart disease, high blood pressure
- A thyroid disorder
- An eye injury or infection
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Clear Eyes® (naphazoline ophthalmic).
What is the dose of Clear Eyes® (naphazoline ophthalmic) for an adult?
Use only the number of drops recommended.
What is the dose of Clear Eyes® (naphazoline ophthalmic) for a child?
Use only the number of drops recommended.
How is Clear Eyes® (naphazoline ophthalmic) available?
Clear Eyes® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Eye drops
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Clear Eyes®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Review Date: October 12, 2017 | Last Modified: October 12, 2017
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