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Hypromellose eye drops

Dr Roger Henderson
Reviewed by Dr Roger HendersonReviewed on 13.10.2023 | 2 minutes read

Hypromellose eye drops are used to relieve symptoms of eye dryness. They are often described as artificial tears and are used to moisturise and soothe the surface of the eyes. They can be useful when you either don’t produce enough natural tears or when your eyes are drying out too fast causing discomfort. They can be used by adults and children, however, it is recommended that you speak to your pharmacist or doctor before using them in children. Some formulations contain preservatives that may cause irritation, if this is the case, preservative-free formulations are also available.

How do I use it?

One or two drops should be put into the eye(s) three times a day as required, or as directed by your doctor.

How does it work?

Hypromellose eye drops work by lubricating and soothing the surface of the eye. Dry eyes can be caused by a lack of natural tear production or because your tears are evaporating too rapidly causing your eyes to dry out. This can be due to your environment, such as in air-conditioned buildings, or dry windy conditions when outside. They are often described as artificial tears as they fulfil the role of your natural tears. It does not contain any active drugs and is purely a lubricant for the eyes.

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Should anyone avoid taking them?

It is recommended that you consult your pharmacist or doctor before using them in children. You should not use these eye drops if you are allergic to the ingredient hypromellose.

Are there any side-effects?

As with any medications, some people are bound to get some unwanted side effects. Some of the common ones include temporary blurred vision, irritation and stinging. Some people experience irritation due to the preservative used in some products, if you suspect this may be the cause speak to your pharmacist who may suggest the use of a preservative-free formulation.

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Dr Roger Henderson
Reviewed by Dr Roger Henderson
Reviewed on 13.10.2023