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Written by Healthwords's team of doctors and pharmacists based in UK | Updated: 26.01.2023 | 2 min read

Viscotears are used to relieve symptoms of eye dryness. They are formulated as liquid gel eye drops. They come in either a tube or as single-dose units to be disposed of after each use.

Dry eyes are very common, and most people will likely have suffered from the symptoms at some point in their life. Symptoms can include your eyes feeling dry, tired, gritty and painful. Blurred vision and eye redness can also occur. Older age, tiredness, weather conditions, certain medications, and wearing contact lenses can make dry eye symptoms more common. Also, if you have certain medical conditions such as blepharitis, rosacea, or Sjogren's syndrome, dry eyes can be linked to these.

Who are Viscotears for?

Viscotears are suitable for most adults suffering from dry eye symptoms. You can use Viscotears if you wear contact lenses. Just make sure you remove your contact lenses before using Viscotears and wait at least fifteen minutes before putting them back in after application. It is safe to use Viscotears alongside most medications, however, if you use any other eye drops, you should leave a gap of at least five minutes between applying them. Be sure to apply Viscotears last unless you have been instructed differently by your doctor or pharmacist. 

How do Viscotears work?

Viscotears contain an ingredient called carbomer (polyacrylic acid), which works by lubricating and soothing the surface of the eye. Viscotears are often described as artificial tears as they fulfil the role of your natural tears.

Are there any side effects?

Some people may experience side effects from using Viscotears. If you develop any bothersome side effects, stop using the product and speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Some common side effects can include temporary blurred vision and eye irritation or stinging pain after application.

Who should not use Viscotears

As always, do not use the product if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it. Viscotears should only be used in children if this has been recommended by their doctor, pharmacist, or optician.

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