Ocuflox is an eye drop used to treat eye infections caused by bacteria, such as certain types of conjunctivitis ("pink eye") and corneal ulcers. As an antibiotic, it works by interfering with a bacterial enzyme; thus, this product will not work for viral infections. The eye drop is typically used several times a day. Possible side effects include eye discomfort and itchy eyes.
Ocuflox® (ofloxacin ophthalmic solution) is an antibiotic eye drop used to treat certain bacterial infections of the eye, including conjunctivitis (often called "pink eye") and corneal ulcers. It belongs to a group of medications called fluoroquinolones, or "quinolones" for short.
How Does It Work?Ocuflox works by blocking a bacterial enzyme called DNA gyrase. This enzyme is required for the bacteria to make DNA, which is important for the bacteria to multiply. Ocuflox will not work against viruses.
When and How to Use OcufloxSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Ocuflox include the following:
- Ocuflox comes in the form of an eye drop. It is normally used several times a day. Make sure you know your individual instructions for using this medicine.
- Many eye infections can spread easily. To help prevent the spread of infection, try not to touch your eye while using this medicine, wash your hands thoroughly before and after use, and avoid touching the tip of the Ocuflox dropper to any surface, including your eye or hands.
- You should not wear contact lenses while you are using this medicine. Ask your healthcare provider when you may use contacts again.
- This medication should only be used in the eye. Do not take it by mouth or apply it to your skin.
- Make sure to dispose of this medication after you finish treatment. Do not save it for later use.
- You should begin to feel better within a few days of starting Ocuflox. However, this does not mean your infection is gone. It is important that you finish your full course of Ocuflox. Stopping treatment too early may cause your symptoms to return or lead to antibiotic resistance.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.