Carmellose sodium for dry eyes

  • These drops act as artificial tears.
  • Use the drops as often as needed.
  • If your vision becomes blurred after using the drops, do not drive until you can see clearly again.

About carmellose sodium

Type of medicine Eye lubricant
Used for Dry eyes
Also called Carmize®, Celluvisc®, Optive®
Available as Eye drops and single-dose unit eye drops

Carmellose sodium soothes and lubricates the surface of your eye. It acts as artificial tears to help ease dryness and soreness associated with dry eye conditions.

Before using carmellose sodium

Some medicines are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and sometimes a medicine may only be used if extra care is taken. For these reasons, before you start using carmellose sodium eye drops it is important that your doctor or pharmacist knows:

  • If you have ever had an allergic reaction to carmellose sodium or to any other eye drops.

How to use carmellose sodium eye drops

  • Wash your hands well before you use the drops.
  • Remove the cap (or the tip of the unit if you are using a single-use dose unit).
  • Tilt your head back a little and pull the lower lid of your eye out to form a pocket.
  • Hold the bottle (or single-use dose unit) upside down near to your eye. Try not to touch your eye as you do this.
  • Apply enough pressure to release one drop into your eye.
  • Close your eye for a minute or two, and press gently on the side of your nose where the corner of your eye meets your nose. This helps to stop the drop from draining away and keeps it in your eye.
  • Repeat the process in your other eye if you have been told to use the drops in both eyes.
  • Replace the cap (or if you are using the single-use dose unit, throw it away).

Getting the most from your treatment

  • Before you start using these eye drops, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack.
  • Use one drop into the eye (or eyes) affected by dryness. You can use the drops as often as you need to, unless you have been told otherwise by your doctor.
  • Take care not to touch the tip of the dropper or opened unit with your eye, fingers, or any other surface. This is to prevent the drops from becoming contaminated.
  • If you are using any other eye drops, leave about ten minutes between applying each one. Carmellose sodium should be the last ones used.
  • When first put in, eye drops may sometimes cause blurred vision. If this happens, it should quickly clear. Make sure you can see clearly before you drive, or use tools or machines.
  • If your symptoms do not improve within a few days, or if they become worse, see your doctor for further advice.
  • You may wear soft contact lenses while you are using the single-dose units unless your doctor has advised you otherwise. This is because there is no preservative in the drops to affect soft contact lenses.

Can carmellose sodium eye drops cause problems?

Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.

Common carmellose sodium eye drop side-effects What can I do if I experience this?
Eye irritation or stinging This usually lasts no more than a minute or two. If it continues, speak with your doctor for advice

If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to these eye drops, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

How to store carmellose sodium eye drops

  • Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
  • Carmize® and Celluvisc® single-dose units should be used immediately the unit is opened. Do not store or re-use opened units for subsequent doses. This is because the units do not contain any preservative.
  • Eye drops in bottles only keep for four weeks once the bottle has been opened, so do not use the drops if the bottle has been open for longer than this. This will help to prevent the risk of eye infections.