About carbomer liquid eye gels
|Type of medicine||Ocular lubricant|
|Used for||Treatment of dry eye|
|Also called||Clinitas Gel®
|Available as||Liquid eye gel|
Carbomers are used in the eye to relieve dryness and irritation caused by a reduced flow of tears. In certain circumstances they can reduce damage to the eye.
Carbomers are available in gel form, but the gel is quite runny and will leave the container as drops. It is available in a tube or in individual dose units.
Before using carbomer liquid eye gels
Before using carbomer liquid eye gels make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- If you are taking other medicines, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal or complementary medicines.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or any other medicine.
How to use carbomer liquid eye gels
- Before beginning treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet.
- Use this eye gel exactly as directed by your doctor.
How to use this eye gel
- Wash your hands.
- Remove the lid from the tube.
- Tilt your head back and pull the lower lid of your eye down to form a pocket.
- Hold the tube vertically. A small drop will form on the end of the tube which should be dropped into your eye. Try not to touch your eye with the end of the tube.
- Close your eye, and keep it closed for one to two minutes. If you think that you have missed your eye, then insert another drop.
- Close the tube, making sure that you do not touch the dropper on any surface (including your eye or fingers).
Getting the most from your treatment
- If you wear contact lenses, read the leaflet supplied with the eye gel for instructions. Some brands of carbomer gel may recommend that contact lenses are not worn while using the gel.
- If you also have to use any other eye drops or ointments, leave about five minutes between each one. Carbomers should always be the last preparation used.
- When first instilled, carbomers may cause blurred vision. Make sure you can see clearly before you drive, operate machinery or do other jobs which could be dangerous if you were not able to see properly.
- If you buy any medicines, check with a pharmacist that they are safe to take with carbomers.
Can carbomer liquid eye gels cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Possible side-effects||What can I do if I experience this|
|Burning or stinging sensation||This should pass quickly|
|Blurred vision||This will gradually clear, but do not drive or operate machinery until you can see clearly again|
|Swollen eyelids, redness, pain and itching||These effects are usually mild. If they are severe, speak with your doctor|
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this product, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store carbomer liquid eye gels
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Important information about all medicines
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 62nd Edition (Sep 2011) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London
- Manufacturer's PIL, Viscotears Liquid Gel®; Manufacturer's PIL, Viscotears Liquid Gel®, Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd, electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated December 2008.
- Manufacturer's PIL, Geltears®; Manufacturer's PIL, Geltears®, Bausch & Lomb U.K Limited, electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated January 2008.
- Manufacturer's PIL, Liposic®; Manufacturer's PIL, Liposic®, Bausch & Lomb U.K Limited, electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated January 2008
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Pippa Crossley|
|Last Checked: 26/10/2011||Document ID: 3526 Version: 23||© EMIS|
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