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Artificial Tears

Generic name: ocular lubricantOK-yoo-lar-LOO-bri-kant ]
Brand names: Advanced Eye Relief Dry Eye, Alcon Tears, Artelac Nighttime, Artificial Tears, Bion Tears, ... show all 89 brands
Drug class: Ophthalmic lubricants and irrigations

Medically reviewed by on Dec 11, 2023. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is Artificial Tears?

There are many brands and forms of ocular lubricant available and not all are listed on this leaflet.

Artificial Tears is used in adults to relieve burning, irritation, and discomfort caused by dry eyes.

Artificial Tears may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Artificial Tears side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using Artificial Tears and call your doctor if you have:

Common side effects of Artificial Tears may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


You should not use an Artificial Tears to treat or prevent an eye infection.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use an Artificial Tears if you are allergic to it. This medicine will not treat or prevent an eye infection.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use Artificial Tears if you have any type of infection in your eye.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How should I use Artificial Tears?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Wash your hands before using Artificial Tears.

Do not use Artificial Tears and call your pharmacist if the medicine looks cloudy or has changed color.

Do not touch the tip of the eye dropper or ointment tube or place it directly on your eye. A contaminated tip can infect your eye, which could lead to serious vision problems.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using Artificial Tears.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Artificial Tears is used when needed. If you are on a dosing schedule, skip any missed dose. Do not use two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of ocular lubricant is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

What should I avoid while using Artificial Tears?

Artificial Tears may cause blurred vision. Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how this medicine will affect you.

Do not use other eye medications unless your doctor tells you to.

What other drugs will affect Artificial Tears?

Medicine used in the eyes is not likely to be affected by other drugs you use. But many drugs can interact. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

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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.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.