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Viscotears Liquid Gel
carbomer (polyacrylic acid)

9. Wipe away any excess gel from around the eyelids.
10. Repeat for your other eye if required.

Patient Information Leaflet
This medicine is available using the above name but will be
referred to as Viscotears throughout this leaflet. This leaflet has
been written to help you get the best effect from your medicine.

NOTE: Do not touch your eye or the surrounding area with the
tip of the dropper as this may cause injury to the eye and
contaminate the gel. Follow the instructions carefully. If there is
anything you don’t understand, ask your pharmacist or doctor.
Do not use Viscotears Liquid Gel later than four weeks after
first opening.

Please read this leaflet carefully before you start to use
Viscotears. It contains important information.

Keep the leaflet in a safe place because you may want
to read it again.

Do not share these eye drops with anyone else just in
case you have an eye infection which you could pass

If you have any other questions, or if there is
something you don’t understand, please ask your

If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice
any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell
your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1) What Viscotears is and what it’s used for
2) Things to consider before you start to use Viscotears
3) How Viscotears is used
4) Possible side effects
5) How to store Viscotears
6) Further information
Viscotears contains the active ingredient, carbomer (polyacrylic
acid). Viscotears is used to make your eyes more comfortable
when they feel dry. It is one of a group of eye drops called
‘artificial tears’.
DO NOT use Viscotears if:

you think you may be allergic to any of the ingredients.
(These are listed at the end of the leaflet.)
Take special care:

In children and adolescents aged to 18 years, the
safety and efficacy of Viscotears at the posology
recommended in adults has been established by
clinical experience, but no clinical trial data are
You should also ask yourself these questions before
starting to use Viscotears:

Do you wear contact lenses? Take your lenses out
before you put the drops in your eyes. Don’t put the
lenses back in for at least 30 minutes.

Do you have problems with your eyes apart from sore
or dry eyes? Talk to your doctor before you start to
use Viscotears.

Are you using any other eye drops? If you need to use
more than one kind of eye drops wait 5 minutes
between treatments. Viscotears should always be the
last of the eye drops used.

Are you pregnant or breast-feeding? Discuss whether
you should use Viscotears with your doctor.
Will there be any problems with driving or using
Some people may find that their vision is blurred immediately
after using Viscotears. If affected, wait until your vision clears
before you drive or use machinery.
If your doctor has prescribed Viscotears he/she will tell you how
and when to use it and the dose will be on the pharmacist’s

Viscotears is suitable for most people, but, like all medicines, it
can sometimes cause side effects.
Sometimes people notice that the drops make their eyes burn
or sting slightly. This usually quickly passes.
Viscotears can make your eyelids feel sticky.
Sometimes your vision may be blurred for a short time. This will
gradually clear (but do not drive or operate machinery while
There have been reports of allergic reaction, eyelid swelling,
eye redness, swelling, pain and itching following the use of
These effects are often mild. If they are severe, or if you
notice anything else not mentioned here, please go and
see your doctor.

Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of

Do not store the drops above 25ºC.

Do not use the drops for longer than 28 days after first
opening the tube.

Do not use the eye drops after the expiry date shown
on the tube (EXP).

Take any unused Viscotears back to your pharmacist
to be destroyed. Do not throw it away with your normal
household water or waste. This will help to protect the
What Viscotears contains
Each gram of Viscotears contains 2mg of carbomer.
It also includes cetrimide, medium chain triglycerides, sorbitol,
sodium hydroxide and water for injections.
What Viscotears looks like and contents of the pack
Viscotears is contained in a plastic tube with cannula and
closure containing 10ml of clear liquid gel. This is one of a
group of medicines called Artificial Tears. It is available in a
single pack or a pack of three tubes
This product is manufactured by Dr. Gerard Mann,
Chempharm, Fabrik Gmbh, Brunsbutteler Damm 165-173,
13581 Berlin, Germany and procured from within the EU by the
Product Licence Holder Polyfarma Ltd and repackaged by Kent
Pharmaceuticals Ltd both at Repton Road, Measham, DE12
7DT, UK.
Viscotears® Liquid Gel


PL No: 17211/0715

Leaflet revision and issue date: 18.04.2013.
The usual dosage is:
Adults (including the elderly): One drop in each affected eye,
three or four times a day.
Children and adolescents aged to 18 years:
The safety and efficacy of Viscotears in children and
adolescents at the posology recommended in adults has been
established by clinical experience, but no clinical trial data are


Viscotears is a registered trademark of Novartis AG.

If you are not sure ask your doctor or pharmacist.
How to use your eye drops
1. Wash your hands.
2. If you wear contact lenses, remove them before using
the drops and do not replace for at least 30 minutes.
3. Hold the tube vertically (see figure 1).
4. Tilt your head backwards (see figure 2).
5. Rest one hand on your cheek and gently pull down
your lower eyelid.
6. Look upwards.
7. Insert one drop by squeezing the tube gently (see
figure 3).
8. Blink a few times to spread the liquid gel evenly over
your eye.
Product: Viscotears Liquid Gel
Dimensions: 210 x 400mm

PLPI: 17211/0715
Item Code: VIS2005D/G

Colours: Black
Proof 1

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