Viscotears Liquid Gel - 10g
Dry eye conditions
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Limited
How does it work?
Viscotears eye gel contain the active ingredient carbomer, which is a type of medicine known as an eye lubricant. It is used for the treatment of the symptoms of dry eye (such as soreness, burning, irritation or dryness) caused by your eye not producing enough tears to keep the eye wet.
Carbomer is a synthetic polymer that forms a viscous eye gel. It produces a transparent, lubricating and moistening film on the surface of the eye and is used as artificial tears.
Carbomer clings to the surface of the eye and is therefore not washed out of the eye as quickly as some other lubricating eye drops.
Viscotears eye gel can be used as a substitute for natural tears for people who suffer from dry eyes because they do not produce enough of their own tears or for people who suffer from sore eyes because their tear film is unstable.
Viscotears eye gel is available in a small tube or in single-use vials with a twist off seal.
What is it used for?
- Dry eye conditions.
- Dryness of the eye surface (cornea) and lining of the eye socket (conjunctiva) due to reduced tear production (keratoconjunctivitis sicca).
- Wash your hands before using the eye gel.
- When using the eye drops you should take care not to touch your eye or any surface with the dropper tip, to avoid contaminating the eye drops.
- Contact lenses should not be worn during treatment with this product.
- This medicine may cause your vision to blur temporarily after you have applied it into your eye. Do not drive or operate machinery until this has worn off.
- Viscotears eye gel in tubes should discarded four weeks after the first opening. You may find it helpful to write the date of opening on the pack. Dispose of them carefully, preferably by returning them to your pharmacy.
- The single use vials of Viscotears eye gel should contain enough gel to treat both eyes if required. Once you have applied the drops you should throw away the vial, even if some gel remains.
Not to be used in
- Known sensitivity or allergy to any ingredient.
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.
If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.
- The safety of this medicine during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been established. Seek medical advice from your doctor.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
- Irritation of the eye.
- Blurred vision after application.
- Temporary burning or sticky sensation in the eye.
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the medicine's manufacturer.
For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
How can this medicine affect other medicines?
If you are using any other eye drops you should apply them first and then wait for at least five minutes before using this eye gel.
This medicine has not been reported to affect any other medicines.