Generic Name: naphazoline (Ophthalmic route)
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jun 19, 2019.
The VasoClear brand name has been discontinued in the U.S. If generic versions of this product have been approved by the FDA, there may be generic equivalents available.
Commonly used brand name(s)
In the U.S.
- Clear Eyes
Available Dosage Forms:
Therapeutic Class: Decongestant
Pharmacologic Class: Sympathomimetic
Chemical Class: Imidazoline
Uses for Vasoclear
Naphazoline is used to relieve redness due to minor eye irritations, such as those caused by colds, dust, wind, smog, pollen, swimming, or wearing contact lenses.
Some of these preparations are available only with your doctor's prescription.
Before using Vasoclear
Use by infants and children is not recommended, since they are especially sensitive to the effects of naphazoline.
Many medicines have not been studied specifically in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way they do in younger adults or if they cause different side effects or problems in older people. There is no specific information comparing use of naphazoline in the elderly with use in other age groups.
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Interactions with medicines
- Iobenguane I 131
Interactions with food/tobacco/alcohol
Other medical problems
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus or
- Heart disease or
- High blood pressure or
- Overactive thyroid—Use of ophthalmic naphazoline may make the condition worse
- Eye disease, infection, or injury—The symptoms of the condition may be confused with possible side effects of ophthalmic naphazoline
Proper use of Vasoclear
This section provides information on the proper use of a number of products that contain naphazoline. It may not be specific to Vasoclear. Please read with care.
Do not use naphazoline ophthalmic solution if it becomes cloudy or changes color.
Naphazoline should not be used in infants and children . It may cause severe slowing down of the central nervous system (CNS), which may lead to unconsciousness. It may also cause a severe decrease in body temperature.
Use this medicine only as directed. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for more than 72 hours, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. To do so may make your eye redness and irritation worse and may also increase the chance of side effects.
- First, wash your hands. With the middle finger, apply pressure to the inside corner of the eye (and continue to apply pressure for 1 or 2 minutes after the medicine has been placed in the eye). Tilt the head back and with the index finger of the same hand, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Drop the medicine into the pouch and gently close the eyes. Do not blink. Keep the eyes closed for 1 or 2 minutes to allow the medicine to be absorbed.
- To keep the medicine as germ-free as possible, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface (including the eye). Also, keep the container tightly closed.
- For ophthalmic solution (eye drop) dosage form:
- For eye redness:
- Adults—Use one drop not more often than every four hours.
- Children—Use is not recommended.
- For eye redness:
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Precautions while using Vasoclear
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, stop using the medicine and check with your doctor.
Vasoclear side effects
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
With overuse or long-term use
- Increase in eye irritation
Symptoms of too much medicine being absorbed into the body
- increased sweating
Symptoms of overdose
- Decrease in body temperature
- slow heartbeat
- weakness (severe)
Less common or rare
- Blurred vision
- large pupils
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