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Generic Name: ocular lubricant (AH cue ler LOO brih cant)
Brand Names: Artificial Tears, Bion Tears, Clear Eyes CLR, Comfort Tears, Duratears Naturale, Hypotears, Lacri-Lube S.O.P., Lacrisert, Liquifilm Tears, Liquilube Tears, Liquitears, Lubrifair, Major Tears, Murine, Murocel, Natural Tears, Natures Tears, Nu-Tears, Refresh, Tears Again Gel Drops, Tears Naturale, Tears Plus, TheraTears, Twenty Twenty

What is ocular lubricant?

Ocular lubricant is a solution specially formulated to moisturize the eyes.

Ocular lubricant is used to relieve burning, irritation, and discomfort of the eyes due to dryness.

Ocular lubricant may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about ocular lubricant?

Stop using ocular lubricant and contact your healthcare provider if you experience eye pain, changes in vision, or the condition worsens or does not improve within 72 hours. Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including the eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye.

Ask your healthcare provider or read the information in the package to determine if contact lenses can be worn during treatment with ocular lubricant. Remove contact lenses before administering the drops if you are unsure whether they can be worn during treatment.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using ocular lubricant?

Do not use ocular lubricant if you have a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection in the eye, unless you are also using an anti-infective medicine. Ocular lubricant is generally considered safe for use during pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider before using ocular lubricant if you are pregnant. Ocular lubricant is generally considered safe for use during breast-feeding. Talk to your healthcare provider before using ocular lubricant if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use ocular lubricant?

Use ocular lubricant as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Ask your healthcare provider or read the information in the package to determine if contact lenses can be worn during treatment with ocular lubricant. Remove contact lenses before administering the drops if you are unsure whether they can be worn during treatment.

Wash your hands before using the eye drops.

To apply the eye drops:

  • Tilt the head back slightly and pull down on the lower eyelid. Position the dropper above the eye. Look up and away from the dropper. Squeeze out a drop and close the eye. Apply gentle pressure to the inside corner of the eye (near the nose) for about 1 minute to prevent the liquid from draining down the tear duct. Apply additional drops in the same way if directed. Repeat the process in the other eye if directed.

  • Replace the cap on the bottle after use.

Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including the eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye.

Do not use any eye drop that is discolored or has particles in it.

Stop using ocular lubricant and contact your healthcare provider if you experience eye pain, changes in vision, or the condition worsens or does not improve within 72 hours. Store ocular lubricant at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle properly capped.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Missing a dose of ocular lubricant should not be a problem. Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not use a double dose.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of this medication is unlikely to be life-threatening. If an overdose is suspected or if the drops have been ingested, contact an emergency room or poison control center for advice.

What should I avoid while using ocular lubricant?

Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including the eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye.

Ask your healthcare provider or read the information in the package to determine if contact lenses can be worn during treatment with ocular lubricant. Remove contact lenses before administering the drops if you are unsure whether they can be worn during treatment.

Do not use other eye medications during treatment with ocular lubricant without first talking to your doctor.

Ocular lubricant side effects

Stop using ocular lubricant and contact your healthcare provider if you experience eye pain, changes in vision, or the condition worsens or does not improve within 72 hours.

Side effects are not expected to occur with the use of ocular lubricant. Contact your healthcare provider if you experience any side effects during treatment with ocular lubricant.

What other drugs will affect ocular lubricant?

Do not use other eye medications during treatment with ocular lubricant without first talking to your doctor.

Although unlikely, drugs other than those listed here may also interact with ocular lubricant. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before using ocular lubricant if you take other prescription or over-the-counter medicines, especially if you use other eye medicines.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist has additional information about ocular lubricant written for health professionals that you may read.

What does my medication look like?

Ocular lubricant is available over-the-counter under several brand names. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.

  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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