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Brand Name(s): 20/20 Tears, Akwa Tears, Aqua Site, Artificial Tears Plus, Bion Tears, Cellivisc, Celluvisc, Comfort Tears, Dry Eyes, GenTeal, Hypotears, Hypotears PF, Isopto Plain, Isopto Tears, Just Tears, Liquifilm Tears, Moisture Drops, Murine, Murocel, Nature's Tears, Nu-Tears, Nu-Tears II, Ocucoat, Ocucoat PF, Puralube Tears, Refresh, Refresh Plus, Refresh Tears, TearGard, Teargen, Tearisol, Tears Naturale, Tears Naturale Free, Tears Naturale II, Tears Plus, Tears Renewed, Ultra Tears

Generic Name Artificial Tears Solution

What is Artificial Tears eye solution?

ARTIFICIAL TEARS eye solution soothes irritation and discomfort that occurs with dry eyes. The temporary relief helps the eyes feel moist and refreshed. Artificial tear solutions are available from many different manufacturers.

What should my health care professional know before I receive Artificial Tears?

  • change in vision or suspect an eye infection or eye trauma
  • wear contact lenses
  • an unusual reaction to artificial tears, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should this medicine be used?

Artificial tears eye drops are only for use in the eye. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the label. Wash hands before and after use. Tilt the head back slightly and pull down the lower eyelid with your index finger to form a pouch. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper to your eye, fingertips, or any other surface. Squeeze the prescribed number of drops (usually one or two drops) into the pouch. Close the eye gently for a few moments to allow the drops to be in contact with the eye. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What drug(s) may interact with Artificial Tears?

  • no drug interactions with artificial tears have been reported

If you are using other eye drops of any type along with artificial tears, separate the application of the different eye drops by roughly 5 minutes. This ensures that the eye drops do not interfere with each other. If you are using both eye drops and an eye ointment, use the eye drops 10 minutes before the eye ointment so that the eye ointment does not interfere with the action of the drops.

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What side effects may I notice from receiving Artificial Tears?

Serious side effects due to the use of this medication are rare.

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • change in vision
  • eye pain
  • eye irritation or redness that gets worse or lasts more than 72 hours

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • temporary stinging or blurred vision when applying the eye drops

What should I watch for while taking Artificial Tears?

If you experience eye pain, changes in vision, continued redness or irritation of the eye, or if your eye condition worsens or persists for more than 72 hours, discontinue use and consult your health care professional.

To avoid contamination of this product, do not touch the tip of the container to any surface. Do not share this medicine with others. If the product changes color or becomes cloudy, do not use.

Where can I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 °C (59 and 86 °F); do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Once the product is opened, most experts recommend discarding the product after 30 days.


(Note: The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It is not meant to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.)

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