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Protect Your Eyes When Hitting the Pool

Posted 29 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 – Chlorine helps keep pool water clean, but it can also make swimmers more likely to develop eye infections, doctors say. Pool swimmers can also develop red, irritated eyes as well as blurry vision, said Dr. Sampson Davis, an emergency room physician at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in New Jersey. It's important to understand why this happens, Davis said. Swimming in chlorinated pools washes away the outer film layer of the eye that helps protect against infection. And chlorine might not completely rid the water of dirt and bacteria. As a result, swimmers may develop pink eye or other eye infections, Davis explained. Chlorine can irritate the cornea and cause the eyes to become dry. This can lead to blurry vision. Davis provided several tips to help swimmers prevent or ease these uncomfortable symptoms: To prevent eye issues while swimming, wear ... Read more

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Health Tip: Help Control Eye Allergy Symptoms

Posted 22 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

-- If your eyes are red, itchy and watery because of allergies, there are steps you can take to help ease your discomfort. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology offers this advice: When heading outside, wear a wide-brimmed hat to help prevent pollen from blowing into the eyes. Wear sunglasses when outdoors to help shield the eyes from allergens. After spending time outside, use eye drops to help rinse allergens from the eyes. Talk with your doctor about taking medication to help relieve symptoms. Read more

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Swallowing Nasal Sprays, Eye Drops Can Harm Kids, FDA Warns

Posted 26 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 26 – Over-the-counter eye drops or nasal decongestant sprays can pose a serious health threat to children who swallow them and should be kept out of the reach of kids at all times, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. These products – sold under brand names such as Visine, Dristan and Mucinex, as well as generic and store brands – contain active ingredients called imidazoline derivatives. "Children who swallow even miniscule amounts of these products can have serious adverse effects," FDA pharmacist Yelena Maslov said in an agency news release. Between 1985 and 2012, there were 96 reported cases in which children aged 1 month to 5 years accidentally swallowed products containing imidazoline derivatives in the United States. Although there were no reported deaths, 53 of the children had to be hospitalized due to symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, fast ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Over-The-Counter Eye Drops and Nasal Sprays: Drug Safety Communication - Serious Adverse Events From Accidental Ingestion by Children

Posted 25 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA is warning healthcare professionals and the public that accidental ingestion by children of over-the-counter eye drops used to relieve redness and nasal decongestant sprays can result in serious and life-threatening adverse events. The eye drops and nasal sprays that have been involved in the cases of accidental ingestion contain the active ingredients tetrahydrozoline, oxymetazoline, or naphazoline. The cases of accidental ingestion reviewed by FDA occurred in children 5 years of age and younger. No deaths were reported; however, serious events requiring hospitalization such as nausea, vomiting, lethargy, tachycardia, decreased respiration, bradycardia, hypotension, hypertension, sedation, somnolence, mydriasis, stupor, hypothermia, drooling, and coma have occurred. Ingestion of only a small amount (1-2 mL; for reference, there are 5 mL in a teaspoon) of the eye drops or ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: MBI Distributing, Inc. [Molecular Biologics] Over-The-Counter Eye Drops and Pain-Relieving Drugs

Posted 30 Nov 2005 by Drugs.com

[Posted 11/30/2005] FDA notified consumers, caregivers, and healthcare professionals that MBI Distributing, Inc. (MBI), also known as Molecular Biologics, an over-the-counter [OTC] drug manufacturer of eye drops and other products will cease manufacturing and distributing drugs until it corrects manufacturing deficiencies and other violations. MBI's product line includes eye drops sold under the brand names Oxydrops, Bright Eyes, Bright Eyes II, Clarity Vision for Life, Visitein, and Can-C, as well as several OTC pain relieving drugs. These products are sold by retailers nationwide.FDA determined that the firm lacked manufacturing controls to ensure that its eye drops were sterile. FDA has also determined that two of the firm's eye drop brands, Visitein and Clarity Vision for Life, are unapproved drugs. In addition, three of the firm's OTC pain relieving drugs, Biogesic, Bio-Ice, and ... Read more

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