If you have a confirmed bacterial infection of the eye (conjunctivitis)or developed a corneal ulcer from abrasions on the eye surface, foreign body, or a severe allergic eye disease that has become infected, ask your doctor about Ocuflox Ophthalmic Solution.
Because it is important to start treatment as soon as possible, you may be prescribed Ocuflox Ophthalmic Solution or generic Ofloxacin while waiting for test results to confirm that the infection is definitely bacterial. If it is negative for bacteria, you can revisit your doctor for further instructions and stop the use of Ocuflox Ophthalmic Solution. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Ocuflox Ophthalmic Solution is a fluoroquinolone medicine. When instilled in the affected eye as directed, it will work by inhibiting a vital enzyme (DNA gyrase) the bacteria require in order to reproduce, copy, and repair bacterial DNA. It also inhibits the action of another enzyme that takes place during bacterial cell division. The bacteria are unable to survive this disruption and die.
Bacterial eye infections are quite common in people that wear contact lenses. The bacteria is most likely from the microscopic inhabitants that live in and on your body. For the most part, the bacteria are harmless and helpful in many ways. But they are also opportunistic in that they can find their way inside a scratch or lesion, or transferred when you touch one part of your body and then handle your contact lenses or an eye, and an infection is likely to occur.
Bacterial conjunctivitis, better known as pink eye, is highly contagious and can infect an entire family, workplace, or schoolroom as the bacteria are passed through contact with anything touched by an infected person and then not washing your hands before rubbing your eyes.
Ask your doctor if Ocuflox Ophthalmic Solution is safe to use if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Discuss other medical conditions and allergies you have with your doctor and list any OTC or Rx drugs you currently take or use, including herbal or vitamin supplements, so it can be determined if Ocuflox Ophthalmic Solution is the right antibiotic for your situation.
Until your vision has cleared after instilling Ocuflox Ophthalmic Solution, do not drive or attempt any task that requires you to see clearly. You may need to wear sunglasses during the day when outside as Ocuflox Ophthalmic Solution can cause sensitivity to light. Do not allow the tip of the applicator to touch your eye as this could cause contamination. It’s best to avoid wearing contact lenses during treatment, if at all possible, as they can also be contaminated.