Ofloxacin is used to treat external eye infections such as conjunctivitis (inflammation of conjunctiva) and keratoconjunctivitis (inflammation of the cornea and conjunctiva).
Instill Ofloxacin eye drop exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.
How to use the eye drop solution:
- Wash your hands with soap and water before using the eye drops.
- Tilt your head slightly backwards. With the index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Look upward and instill the required number of drops inside the lower eyelid.
- Close your eyes and do not blink for the next 30 seconds.
- Wipe any excess liquid from your face with a clean tissue.
- Replace and tighten the cap of the bottle.
Do not allow the tip of the dropper of this medicine to touch your eyes, eyelids or any other surface. Recap the eye drop immediately after use. If the eye drop becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eyes.
If you have been given any other eye drops or medicines to be used together with Ofloxacin, wait for at least 5 minutes before using the other medicine.
Do not share your eye drop with anyone else.
Instill the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
Do not use this medicine if you ever had an allergic reaction (rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to Ofloxacin and similar medicines such as ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, lomefloxacin, nalidixic acid, norfloxacin, and moxifloxacin.
Do not give this medicine to newborn infants with eye infection.
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Do not wear contact lenses while you are being treated with this medicine.
Avoid direct or prolonged exposure to sunlight and UV lights.
Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving this medicine to a child.
Ofloxacin may cause drowsiness, dizziness or blurred vision. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert or need to see clearly.
Other side effects include any of the following: burning and stinging sensation of the eyes, eye pain or discomfort, irritation, tearing, foreign body sensation and itching.
Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
- rashes, breathlessness and swelling of the eyes, mouth, tongue, throat
- pain, tenderness, and mild swelling in limbs or joints
- ruptured tendon usually characterized by a snap or pop you hear or feel, severe pain, bruising, and marked weakness on the affected area e.g. kneecap, shoulders, heel
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. Protect from light.
Throw away any remaining eye drops 4 weeks after opening. Mark the date of opening on the eye drop bottle so that you know when the bottle was opened.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.