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Contains Carbomer 0.2% w/w



Please read this leaflet before you start to use your medicine. It contains a
summary of the information available on your medicine. If you have any
questions or are not sure about anything, ask your pharmacist.
What is GelTears eye gel and what is it used for?
GelTears is a clear colourless liquid gel and contains a lubricant that is used
as a substitute for natural tears. Your eyes will normally produce just
enough natural tears to allow them to move easily and comfortably. If your
eyes do not produce enough tears they can become dry, red and painful. It
can also be used in patients who suffer from sore eyes because their tear
film is unstable. GelTears will help keep your eyes comfortable.
Before you use your eye gel
Do not use this gel if you are sensitive to any of the ingredients. These are
listed in the section ‘What is in your eye gel?’
If GelTears is used at the same time with other eye drops/eye
ointments, there should be an application time interval of approximately
15 minutes between use of such other medications and GelTears should
always be the last medication to be applied.
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently
taken any other medicines.

Contact lenses
Take special care with GelTears if you wear contact lenses. You should take
them out before using GelTears, and then wait for 15 minutes after
application before putting them back in.
Benzalkonium chloride is used as a preservative in GelTears, and is known
to be absorbed by soft contact lenses. Over time benzalkonium chloride
can collect in soft contact lenses, and therefore may cause irritation, or
discolour the lenses. Therefore use of Geltears while using soft contact
lenses is not recommended. GelTears can, however, be used with daily
disposable lenses because a new pair is used each day.
Driving and using machines
As with all eye preparations, you may have blurred vision for a little while
after putting the gel in. Wait until your vision is clear before driving or
using machines.
How to use your eye gel
Unless your doctor has told you differently, the standard dose is to place
one drop of gel in the corner of the eye, nearest the nose, 3 to 4 times each
day and approximately 30 minutes before going to bed.
Adults including elderly patients, children and adolescents aged to
18 years:
The safety and efficacy of GelTears in children and adolescents at the
dosage recommended for adults has been established by clinical
experience, but no clinical trial data is available.
The amount of gel used should be enough to cover the eye properly.

Follow these instructions carefully.
1. Wash hands thoroughly.
2. Twist off the cap.
3. Look upwards and gently pull down the lower eyelid.
4. Hold the GelTears tube just above your eye and gently squeeze until
some gel falls into the gap between your eyeball and lower eyelid.
5. Release the lower eyelid, and move your eye while open to ensure the
gel covers the eye completely.
6. Repeat the process in the other eye if necessary.

Possible side effects
It is very unlikely that you will suffer an overdose from using this medicine,
but if you suddenly feel unwell after using the gel, tell your doctor or eye
Your eyes may sting a little when the drops are put in. These effects will
wear off within a few minutes. A few reports of allergy have been received
following use of GelTears eye gel. This is due to one of the ingredients in
the formulation. If you develop pain, swelling or redness in or around the
eyes, you should stop using your medicine and consult your doctor or
• If you experience any other undesirable effects whilst using this
medicine, please talk to your doctor or pharmacist.




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Eye Gel

If you are pregnant, may be pregnant, or are breastfeeding,
tell your doctor before using this product. It is possible that you will still
receive it, but it is also possible that an alternative may be used.

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GelTears is used for the symptomatic treatment of ‘dry eye’, which is a
dehydration of the surface of the eye resulting from disturbances in tear
secretion or tear quality. The dry eye condition can also be caused when it
is not possible to close your eyelids either partly or completely.
This condition is so common that one in five patients who go to see an
ophthalmologist suffers from a dry eye condition. There are many causes,
such as reduced tear production in old age, air-conditioned rooms,
computer work, hormonal changes during menopause, etc. Environmental
and climatic effects can also play a role in the development of dry eye
What do we understand by the term “dry eye”?
During the course of the day we blink 14,000 times on an average. With
each blinking motion of the eye, a very thin tear film is distributed over the
surface of the eyeball, which keeps it smooth, clean and moist, and
protects the eye from pollutants. When the volume or the com­position of
the tear film is disturbed, desiccation phenomena (drying out) of the cornea
and conjunctiva occur and the patient experiences symptoms such as
burning, dry eye sensation, gritty feeling, feeling of pressure, and sensitivity
to light.
Geltears is a soothing gel solution which moistens the eye and provides
tear-like lubrication to the eyes and eyelids. The carbomer in GelTears
increases the thickness of the gel which assists the gel in remaining in

contact with the eye for a longer period of time.
Your ophthalmologist prescribed a tear substitute for the alleviation
of your complaints. In addition to using the preparation consistently
as directed, you should follow the recommendations below:
• Let fresh air into your apartment or house several times a day
• Take care that you drink sufficiently
• Go out into the fresh air frequently
• Do not direct air vents towards your eyes
• Take breaks when working in front of a computer screen.

It is, however, also important that you consult your ophthalmologist
regularly for follow-up examinations, because dry eye conditions may lead
to a serious disease if they are treated incorrectly or inadequately.
November 2012

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Dr. Gerhard Mann, Chem.-pharm. Fabrik GmbH
Brunsbuetteler Damm 165-173
13581 Berlin, Germany
Tel: +49 – 30 – 33093-0, Fax: +49 – 30 – 33093-350

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Marketing Authorisation Holder
Chauvin Pharmaceuticals Ltd
106 London Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, KT2 6TN, England,
United Kingdom
Tel: (01748) 828864, E-mail:

A copy of this Patient Information Leaflet is available in large print and
audio format at
For any information about this medicine, please contact the Marketing
Authorisation Holder (please see above).




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What is in your eye gel?
The active ingredient is carbomer. Each tube contains 2.0 mg of carbomer
in each 1 g of gel. The other ingredients are benzalkonium chloride,
sorbitol, sodium hydroxide and purified water.
Contents of the pack
Each tube contains 10 g of eye gel.

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How to look after your eye gel
• Do not use the eye gel after the expiry date. This is marked on the tube
and the carton after the letters “EXP”.
• Store GelTears eye gel below 25ºC (normal room temperature).
• GelTears is sterile until first opened. It is important to keep the tube as
clean as possible during use.
• The tube has a flat cap, which allows it to stand in an upright position.
• Dispose of any remaining contents 28 days after first opening the tube. It
may be helpful to make a written record on the tube of the date on
which you opened it.
• Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
• Remember this medicine is for you. Do not give it to someone else.

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