Carbomer eye gel acts as artificial tears. It makes dry eyes feel more comfortable.
Use the gel three or four times a day, or more often if required.
If your vision becomes blurred after using the gel, do not drive until you can see clearly again.
About carbomer eye gels
|Type of medicine||Eye lubricant|
|Used for||Dry eyes|
|Also called||Artelac® Nighttime; Blephagel®; Clinitas®; Evolve®; EyeGel®; GelTears®; Liquivisc®; Lumecare®; Ocufresh®; Ocu-Lube®; Viscotears®; Xailin®;|
|Available as||Liquid eye gel in tubes and single dose vials|
Carbomer eye gels are used to relieve eye dryness and soreness. The gel produces a fine transparent film on your eye. This protects, soothes and lubricates the surface of your eye and makes it feel more comfortable.
Carbomer eye gel is quite runny and works like a liquid eye drop. It is available on prescription or you can buy it without a prescription at a pharmacy.
Before you use a carbomer eye gel
To make sure this is the right treatment for you, before you start using a carbomer eye gel it is important that your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you wear soft contact lenses.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to a preservative in any eye drops.
How to use carbomer eye gel
- Wash your hands well before you use the gel.
- Remove the cap.
- Tilt your head back a little and pull the lower lid of your eye downwards to form a pocket.
- Hold the container upside down near to your eye. Try not to touch your eye as you do this.
- Apply enough pressure to release one drop into your eye. Only use a second drop if the first one missed going into your eye.
- Roll your eye or blink a few times to spread the gel around the inside of your eye.
- Repeat the process in your other eye if needed.
- Replace the cap.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Before you start using the eye gel, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet supplied with the pack. The manufacturer's leaflet will give you more information about using the gel and will provide a full list of the side-effects which you may experience.
- Use one drop into the eye (or eyes) affected by dryness. You can do this three or four times each day unless you have been told otherwise by your doctor.
- Please take care that the dropper doesn't touch your eye, your fingers, or any other surface. This could contaminate the gel left in the tube/bottle.
- If you forget to use the gel at the correct time, do not worry, just use it when you remember. Do not 'double up' the number of drops you use to make up for forgetting to use it.
- If you are using any other eye drops or ointments, leave about ten minutes between applying each one. You should use carbomer eye gel last. This is so that the gel stays in contact with your eye and works for as long as possible.
- When first put in, the gel may cause blurred vision. This should quickly clear. Make sure you can see clearly again before you drive and before using tools or machines.
- Do not wear soft contact lenses while you are using the gel unless your doctor or pharmacist has advised you otherwise. This is because there is a preservative in many of the brands of carbomer gel which can affect soft contact lenses.
Can carbomer eye gels cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, carbomer eye gels can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. The table below contains the most common ones although fewer than 1 in 10 people are affected by these. You will find a full list in the manufacturer's information leaflet supplied with your gel.
|Common carbomer eye gel side-effects (these affect fewer than 1 in 10 people)||What can I do if I experience this?|
|Mild stinging sensation||This usually lasts no more than a minute or two. If it continues, speak with your doctor for advice|
|Blurred vision||This will clear, but do not drive and do not use machinery until you can see clearly again|
|Sticky eyelids||Gently wipe your eyes with warm water|
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to the gel, discuss them 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.
- Eye gels only keep for four weeks once the container has been opened, so do not use the gel if it has been open for longer than this. This helps prevent the risk of eye infection.
- Single-dose units should be used immediately they are opened. Do not store an opened unit to use later. This is because the units do not contain any preservative.
Important information about all medicines
Make sure that the person supplying this medicine knows about any other medicines that you are taking. This includes medicines you buy and herbal and homeopathic medicines.
If you buy any medicines, check with a pharmacist that they are safe to take with your other medicines.
Never use more than the prescribed dose. If you suspect that someone has swallowed some of the gel by accident, go to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital. Take the container with you, even if it is empty.
If you are having an operation or dental treatment, tell the person carrying out the treatment which medicines you are taking or using.
This medicine is for you. Never give it to other people even if their condition appears to be the same as yours.
Do not keep out-of-date or unwanted medicines. Take them to your local pharmacy which will dispose of them for you.
If you have any questions about the medicine, ask your pharmacist.
Further reading and references
Manufacturer's PIL, Viscotears® Liquid Gel; Bausch and Lomb UK Ltd, The electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated October 2016.
British National Formulary, 79th Edition (Mar 2020); British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London.