Systane is utilized for the relief of dry and irritated eyes. Dry eyes can be caused by various factors, such as exposure to wind or sun, prolonged use of heating or air conditioning systems, spending long hours on the computer or reading, or certain medications. Eye lubricants aid in maintaining the eye’s moisture, safeguarding it from potential harm or infection, and alleviating dry eye symptoms, including itching, burning, and the sensation of foreign particles in the eye.
Uses and Dosage
Typically, eye drops can be applied as frequently as necessary, while eye ointments are generally used 1 to 2 times a day or as needed, with bedtime being the preferred time to apply ointments when using them once daily.
If you are using multiple eye medications, such as drops and ointments, wait at least 5 minutes between applications to avoid any potential interactions. To allow eye drops to enter the eye, they should be used before eye ointments.
In case you wear contact lenses, remove them before using most eye lubricants. Consult your doctor or pharmacist regarding when you can put your contact lenses back on. Some eye lubricants, including those containing polysorbates, are safe to use while wearing contact lenses. Please check the package instructions to determine if it is safe to wear contact lenses while using the product.
If your condition persists or worsens after three days of using eye lubricants, inform your doctor.
To administer the eye drops, the following steps should be followed:
- Thoroughly wash hands with soap and water.
- Do not allow the dropper tip to touch the eye or any other surface, and ensure that it is kept clean.
- Tilt the head back and pull down the lower lid of the eye using the index finger to form a pocket.
- Hold the dropper as close to the eye as possible without making contact, and brace the remaining fingers against the face.
- Squeeze the dropper gently to instill a single drop in the pocket created by the lower eyelid while looking upwards.
- Remove the index finger from the lower eyelid and keep the eye closed for 2-3 minutes while tilting the head down.
- Apply gentle pressure to the tear duct using a finger.
- Use a tissue to wipe off any excess liquid from the face.
- Wash hands to remove any residual medication.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- eye dryness
- eye itching
- cold feeling on the eye
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- changes in vision
- eye pain
- redness, or irritation that is not relieved by using this product
- vision changes
- itching or hives
- swelling in your face or hands
- swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat
- chest tightness
- trouble breathing
Prior to using this product, inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any allergies, including allergies to the product itself or any inactive ingredients that it may contain. Inactive ingredients can potentially trigger allergic reactions or other adverse effects.
If you have any underlying medical conditions, seek the advice of your doctor or pharmacist before using this product.
Upon application of this product, your vision may be temporarily blurred. Refrain from operating machinery, driving, or engaging in activities that require clear vision until it is safe to do so.
Form and Strength
Systane is available in the following forms and strengths:
Systane eye lubricant:
Do Systane eye drops need to be refrigerated after opening?
No. Systane products can be stored at room temperature.
How long can I use Systane after opening the bottle?
Systane can be used for 6 months after opening as long as the product has not expired.