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Brand Names: Collyrium Fresh

Generic Name: boric acid (ophthalmic) (Pronunciation: BOR ik AS id off THAL mik)

What is boric acid ophthalmic (Collyrium Fresh)?

Boric acid has mild antibiotic properties against fungal or bacterial infection.

Boric acid ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used as an eye wash to cleanse or irrigate the eyes. Boric acid provides soothing relief from eye irritation, and helps remove pollutants from the eye such as smog, chlorine, or other chemicals.

Boric acid ophthalmic may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of boric acid ophthalmic (Collyrium Fresh)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • severe burning or stinging of your eyes;
  • severe eye pain;
  • vision changes that last for several hours after use; or
  • if your eye condition does not improve or if it gets worse after using boric acid.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild stinging or eye irritation;
  • blurred vision;
  • watery eyes; or
  • eye redness.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about boric acid ophthalmic (Collyrium Fresh)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to boric acid.

Avoid using this medication if you have any open wound or other skin injury around your eyes.

Boric acid ophthalmic is for use only in the eyes. Do not allow the medicine to get in your mouth, nose, or ears. Avoid getting this medication on any skin wound or abrasion.

Do not use boric acid ophthalmic while you are wearing contact lenses. This medication may contain a preservative that can be absorbed by soft contact lenses and cause discoloration. Wait at least 15 minutes after using boric acid ophthalmic before putting your contact lenses in.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as severe burning or stinging of your eyes, severe eye pain, vision changes that last for several hours after use, or if your eye condition does not improve or if it gets worse after using boric acid.

Boric acid is a weak antibiotic and should not be used to treat any type of infection without the advice of a doctor. There are many other, more effective antibiotics available.



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