Active substance: POLYVINYL ALCOHOL

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Sno* tears®

you will still receive it, but it is also possible that an alternative
may be used.

Eye Drops, Solution

Contact lenses
Take special care with Sno* tears if you wear contact lenses.
You should take them out before using Sno* tears, and then
wait for 15 minutes after application before putting them back
Benzalkonium chloride is used as a preservative in Sno* tears,
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 Sno* tears while using soft contact lenses is not
recommended. Sno* tears can however be used with daily
disposable lenses because a new pair is used each day.

Contains Polyvinyl Alcohol 1.4% w/v
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 are Sno* tears Eye Drops and what are they used for?
Sno* tears 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 have
artificial eyes. Sno* tears will help keep your eyes comfortable.
Before you use your eye drops
Do not use these eye drops if you are sensitive to any of the
ingredients. These are listed in the section “What is in your eye
If Sno* tears 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 Sno* tears 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.
If you are pregnant, may be pregnant, or are breastfeeding,
tell your doctor before using this product. It is possible that

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Driving and using machines
As with all eye preparations, you may have blurred vision for a
little while after putting the drops in. Wait until your vision is
clear before driving or using machines.
How to use your eye drops
Unless your doctor has told you differently, the standard dose is
to place one or two drops of the solution in the corner of the
eye, nearest the nose, as often as is required during the day.
Adults, children and elderly patients:
The number of drops used should be enough to cover the eye
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 Sno* tears bottle just above your eye and gently
squeeze until some liquid falls into the gap between your
eyeball and lower eyelid.
5. Release the lower eyelid, and move your while open to
ensure the solution 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
drops, tell your doctor or eye specialist.
The side effects that have been reported following the use of
Sno* tears eye drops are mild stinging and visual disturbances,
for example blurred vision. Your eyes may sting a little when
the drops are put in. These effects will wear off within a few
• If you experience any other undesirable effects whilst using
this medicine, please talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
How to look after your drops
• Do not use the eye drops after the expiry date. This is marked
on the bottle and the carton after the letters “EXP”.
• Store Sno* tears eye drops below 25ºC (normal room

Marketing Authorisation Holder
Chauvin Pharmaceuticals Ltd
106 London Road, Kingston-upon-Thames
Surrey, KT2 6TN
United Kingdom
(01748) 828864
Dr. Gerhard Mann
Chem.-pharm. Fabrik GmbH
Brunsbuetteler Damm 165-173
13581 Berlin, Germany

21.02.2008 15:01:39

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.
Sno* tears are soothing drops which moisten the eye and
provide tear-like lubrication to the eyes and eye lids.

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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.


Contents of the pack
Each bottle contains 10 ml of solution.

Sno* tears 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 eye lids 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 conditions.

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
• 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.

Ⅺ erneute Korrektur notwendig / additional correction required

What is in your eye drops?
The active ingredient is polyvinyl alcohol. Each bottle contains
10 ml of solution of which 1.4% w/v is polyvinyl alcohol. The
other ingredients are benzalkonium chloride, disodium
edetate, hydroxyethylcellulose, sodium chloride, sodium
hydroxide and purified water.

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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).

Ⅺ Freigabe / release

• Sno* tears is sterile until first opened. It is important to keep
the bottle as clean as possible during use.
• Dispose of any remaining contents 28 days after first opening
the bottle. 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

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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