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EYE LUBRICANT - OPHTHALMIC

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

EYE LUBRICANT - OPHTHALMIC

Uses

This medication is used to relieve dry, irritated eyes.

How To Use

Use this medication in the eye as directed. To apply eye ointment/drops: Wash hands first. To avoid contamination, be careful not to touch the dropper or top of the ointment tube or let it touch your eye. Tilt your head back, gaze upward and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. For drops, place the dropper directly over the eye and administer the prescribed number of drops. Look downward and gently close your eye for 1 to 2 minutes. Place one finger at the corner of the eye near the nose and apply gentle pressure. This will prevent the medication from draining away from the eye. For ointment, hold the tube directly over the eye and gently squeeze a small ribbon of the ointment into the eye. Slowly roll your eye in all directions to spread the ointment. Try not to blink and do not rub the eye. Do not rinse the dropper. Wash hands after use. If you are using other eye medicines, wait at least five minutes before applying other medications.

Side Effects

This medication may temporarily sting your eyes when first applied. If this continues or becomes bothersome or the condition for which this was prescribed does not improve within several days, inform your doctor. Vision may be temporarily unstable for a few minutes after applying this. Use caution if driving or performing duties requiring clear vision. Notify your doctor if you develop: a skin rash, itching, eye pain or redness in or around the eyes, headache. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor if you have: other illnesses, any allergies. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this drug. Though, to date, no problems have been noted in nursing infants, consult your doctor before you breast-feed.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may use, especially of: other eye medication. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.

Notes

Some products contain preservatives which may cause irritation in persons with allergies or damage soft contact lenses. Discuss the various products with your health care professional.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as remembered; do not use it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat. Discard this if the solution is not clear or colorless. Close cap tightly after each use.