What are Sodium Cromoglicate Eye Drops?
Sodium Cromoglicate Eye Drops are a generic medication that work to reduce the symptoms of red, puffy eyes (allergic conjunctivitis). They’re mostly prescribed to treat hay fever symptoms, but they can also help with other allergies, such as pet hair or dust mite allergies. You can use them when you notice symptoms, though some studies have shown that it can be more beneficial to use them regularly throughout the high pollen season to avoid symptoms appearing.
Allergic conjunctivitis happens when your body’s immune system wrongly perceives something to be a threat. It releases a chemical called histamine which can cause a range of allergy symptoms, such as itchiness and runny nose, as well as red and puffy eyes.
How do Sodium Cromoglicate Eye Drops work?
Sodium cromoglicate, the active ingredient in the eye drops, works by stopping the chemical, histamine, from being produced and causing the symptoms in your eyes. Although it combats histamine, sodium cromoglicate isn’t classed as an ‘antihistamine’. It belongs to a class of anti-allergy, anti-inflammatory medications.
What doses of Sodium Cromoglicate Eye Drops are there?
Sodium Cromoglicate Eye Drops come in only one strength: 2% w/v. The standard dose is two drops in each eye, four times a day, but your clinician may recommend something different depending on your symptoms.
If your dose isn’t working to help your symptoms as you’d hoped it would, contact our clinician. You may need to adjust how you use it or try another treatment.