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Murine for irritated and red eyes

Murine irritation and redness eye drops are used to relieve redness brought on by irritants.

The drops mimic the eye's natural tear film, which helps to protect and clean the eyes.


What causes eye irritation and redness

Eye irritation is a common condition which can occur due a variety of factors including:

  • Air pollution
  • Chemicals (such as chlorine)
  • Reading or glaring at computer screens
  • Smoke or dust particles
  • Wind

The redness is caused by dilation of the blood vessels in and around the eye. This can cause pain and inflammation which can affect vision.

To protect your eyes from irritants, a thin layer of fluid sits atop the eye. This fluid, known as the tear film, helps to flush out particles from the eyes and lubricates your eyelids. If the tear film evaporates, or if the tear ducts do not produce enough fluid, the eyes can become dry and irritated.

Sand and dust particles can scratch the outermost layer of the eye called the cornea. A scratch on the cornea is known as a corneal abrasion. If you get particles in your eyes, you should rinse your eyes with water or a saline solution. Be careful not to rub your eyes as this can push the particle against the eye and cause an abrasion.

Chemicals, particularly those found in cleaning products, are common causes of eye irritation. Chlorine, found in swimming pools and household bleach, and sodium lauryl ether sulphate (SLES), found in shampoos, can irritate the eyes on contact. Onions and chilli peppers, when sliced, also contain chemicals which can cause irritation and redness of the eyes.


How do I prevent irritated and red eyes?

The simplest way to prevent irritated eyes is to avoid the irritant altogether. If this is not possible, you should consider preventive methods to reduce your eye's exposure to the irritant.

If you are sensitive to chlorine while swimming, wear goggles to prevent the water from getting into your eyes.

Avoid using bleach and other disinfectants in poorly ventilated areas. Open doors and windows or use an extractor fan when cleaning with bleach. Keep your face away from the disinfectant while cleaning.

While cutting onions, garlic and chillies, try cutting them underwater to trap the irritant. You should always remember to wash your hands immediately after slicing onions and chilli peppers.

If your eye irritation is a result of another medicine or an underlying medical condition, speak to your doctor for more specific advice on how you can mitigate the risk of irritation.


How do Murine irritation and redness eye drops work?

When your eyes become irritated, your blood vessels widen (dilate) and become more apparent. This causes inflammation and discomfort in the eyes.

Murine irritation and redness eye drops contain naphazaline hydrochloride. This active ingredient is a vasoconstrictor and works by constricting (narrowing) blood vessels.

By narrowing the blood vessels, the redness and swelling is reduced.

Moreover, Murine also works to replenish the tear film, which helps to protect the cornea and remove irritating particles from the eyes.


How do I use Murine eye drops?

If you wear contact lenses, you should remove them before applying Murine eye drops.

Tilt your head back and gently pull your lower eyelid down.

Holding the dropper over your eyeball, slightly squeeze the bottle to dispense 1 drop into your eye.

Repeat the above steps for your other eye if necessary.

Close your eyes for 1 or 2 minutes.

If any excess fluid builds up at the corners of your eyes or runs down your face, simply dab it away with a clean, dry tissue.

Wait at least 15 minutes before reinserting your contact lenses or applying any other eye drops.

Repeat the process 2 or 3 times daily as required.

If your symptoms persist for longer than 3 days, stop using this medicine and speak to your doctor.

For more information on how to use Murine eye drops, including how frequently you should use them, please read the patient information leaflet which is enclosed with the medicine.


Frequently asked questions

What should I do if I forget to use Murine when I should?

Murine eye drops are typically used on an ad lib basis, meaning that you use it as and when you need to.

Information on when to use Murine eye drops can be found in the pamphlet supplied with the medication.

If you are unsure, ask a pharmacist for assistance.

Will Murine impact my ability to drive or operate machinery?

Murine shouldn't affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. However, you should avoid driving or operating machinery if you experience any visual disturbances after applying the drops. In this case, you should refrain from these activities until you feel you are able to do so.

Can I use Murine eye drops with contact lenses?

Yes, you can use Murine eye drops with contact lenses. However, you should remove your contact lenses before applying the eye drops.

Can I use Murine eye drops after surgery?

If you have recently had eye surgery, speak to your doctor or ophthalmologist before using Murine eye drops.


Table of contents

Murine for irritated and red eyes

What causes eye irritation and redness

How do I prevent irritated and red eyes?

How do Murine irritation and redness eye drops work?

How do I use Murine eye drops?

Frequently asked questions

Treatment information

  • Product Name: Murine irritation and redness eye drops
  • Manufacturer: FDC International
  • Active Ingredient(s): Naphazoline hydrochloride
  • Administration: Ophthalmic
  • Presentation: Eye drops
  • Available Strength: 0.012%
  • Exemption: GSL
  • Dosage: Apply 1 or two drops to each eye up to 3 times daily
  • Description: Murine eyes drops can relieve irritated and red eyes.
  • Alcohol Consumption: No influence
  • When Pregnant: Speak to your doctor or a pharmacist before using Murine eye drops if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant or plan on starting a family.
  • When Breastfeeding: Speak to your doctor or a pharmacist before using Murine eye drops if you are breastfeeding.
Click here to view the Murine irritation and redness eye drops - Patient Information Leaflet

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