boric acid ophthalmic (generic name)

It eye solution is used to cleanse and treat irritated eyes.
(BOHR ik AS id)
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What is this medicine?

BORIC ACID (BOHR ik AS id) eye solution is used to cleanse and treat irritated eyes.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • contact lenses
  • open sores in or near the eyes
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to Boric Acid, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is only for use in the eye. DO NOT take by mouth. Follow the directions on the label. Do not use the solution if it looks cloudy or discolored. Do not use if there are any leaks from the bottle. If you wear contact lenses, remove them before cleansing your eyes with this medicine and leave them out for approximately 5 minutes after use. Apply this medicine with the aid of an eyecup. Fill the eyecup halfway with the solution, press tightly to the wide open eye, and tilt head back. Move the eyeball around to ensure full contact with the solution. Avoid contamination of the rim and inside of the eyecup by rinsing it with clean water immediately before and after each use.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

This medicine is to be used only when needed for irritated eyes. Missing a dose is usually not harmful.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other eye products without telling your doctor or health care professional.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your eye pain or irritation gets worse or does not go away.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • sores in or near the eyes

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • eye pain or irritation
  • decreased or blurred vision
  • redness of the eye

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature, 25 degrees C (77 degrees F) in a tightly closed container. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date on the label.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: March 19, 2009
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