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Teargard Opht



This medication is used to relieve dry, irritated eyes. Common causes for dry eyes include wind, sun, heating/air conditioning, computer use/reading, and certain medications.This product may contain 1 or more of the following ingredients: carboxymethylcellulose, dextran, glycerin, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG 400), polysorbate, polyvinyl alcohol, povidone, or propylene glycol, among others.Eye lubricants keep the eye moist, help to protect the eye from injury and infection, and decrease symptoms of dry eyes such as burning, itching, and feeling as if something is in the eye.

 
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Teargard Opht

Uses
This medication is used to relieve dry, irritated eyes. Common causes for dry eyes include wind, sun, heating/air conditioning, computer use/reading, and certain medications.This product may contain 1 or more of the following ingredients: carboxymethylcellulose, dextran, glycerin, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG 400), polysorbate, polyvinyl alcohol, povidone, or propylene glycol, among others.Eye lubricants keep the eye moist, help to protect the eye from injury and infection, and decrease symptoms of dry eyes such as burning, itching, and feeling as if something is in the eye.
Notes
  • Some products contain preservatives that may damage contact lenses or cause irritation in persons with allergies.
  • For more information, check your product package or talk with your health care professional.

Storage
  • Refer to storage information printed on the package.
  • Protect from light and moisture.
  • Protect ointments from freezing.
  • Some preservative-free drops that come in single-use vials/droppers should be discarded either immediately after use or up to 12 hours after opening.
  • Check your product package to see when you should discard your preservative-free product.
  • If you have any questions about storage, ask your pharmacist.
  • Keep all drug products away from children and pets.


How To Use
  • Follow all directions on the product package.
  • If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Do not use a solution that has changed color or is cloudy.
  • Certain brands (containing glycerin with polysorbates) may have a milky appearance.
  • This is okay as long as the solution does not change color.Usually, drops may be used as often as needed.
  • Ointments are usually used 1 to 2 times daily as needed.
  • If using an ointment once a day, it may be best to use it at bedtime.To apply eye ointment/drops/gels: Wash hands first.
  • To avoid contamination, be careful not to touch the dropper or top of the ointment tube or let it touch your eye.
  • Always replace the cap tightly after each use.
  • Tilt your head back, look up, and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch.
  • For drops/gels, place the dropper directly over the eye and squeeze out 1 or 2 drops as needed.
  • Look down and gently close your eye for 1 or 2 minutes.
  • Place one finger at the corner of the eye near the nose and apply gentle pressure.
  • This will prevent the medication from draining away from the eye.
  • For an ointment, hold the tube directly over the eye and gently squeeze a small strip (one-fourth of an inch or roughly 60 millimeters) of ointment into the pouch.
  • Release the eyelid, close the eye, and slowly roll your eye in all directions to spread the medication.
  • Blot away any extra ointment from around the eye with a clean tissue.If you are also using another kind of eye medication (e.g., drops or ointments), wait at least 5 minutes before applying other medications.
  • Use eye drops before eye ointments to allow the eye drops to enter the eye.If you wear contact lenses, remove them before using most kinds of eye lubricants.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist when you may replace your contact lenses.
  • There are a few types of eye lubricants (some that contain polysorbates) that can be used while wearing contact lenses.
  • Check the package to see if you can wear your contact lenses while using your product.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens after 3 days.

Side Effects
  • Vision may be temporarily blurred when this product is first used.
  • Also, minor burning/stinging/irritation may temporarily occur.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.If your doctor has directed you to take this medication, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: eye pain, change in vision, continued eye redness/irritation.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.
  • However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.If you have any health problems, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this product.This product (especially ointments) may temporarily cause blurred vision right after being placed in the eye(s).
  • Use caution while driving, using machinery, or doing any activity that requires clear vision.

Missed Dose
  • This medication is usually used only as needed.

Drug Interactions
  • If you are using this product under your doctor's direction, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: other eye medications.

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