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Using LACRISERT®

LACRISERT® Provides All-Day Dry Eye Relief in a Single Dose.
LACRISERT® is easy to use and, with practice, can usually be placed in less than a minute.

Inserting LACRISERT®

LACRISERT® is inserted into the pocket of the lower eyelid using the soft, flexible applicator provided in the box.1 The technique for insertion is easy to learn, even if you have some difficulty using your hands.2

Be sure to practice inserting LACRISERT® with your eye care professional a few times before attempting to insert it alone. If you do not place LACRISERT® as instructed, it might accidentally fall out of your eye.1 Click here for a tip sheet to help you be successful with LACRISERT®.

6 Simple Steps to Proper Insertion of LACRISERT®

Before opening the package of LACRISERT®, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water. On a flat surface, open blister pocket slowly and smoothly by peeling back label area. Each blister pocket contains one LACRISERT® ophthalmic insert. Open applicator package with label side up. Avoid touching grooved tip of the applicator. Pick up applicator by the wide end and rinse the tip thoroughly under hot running tap water. Gently shake off excess water.
Hold applicator with tip facing down and with forefinger on top to guide and apply gentle pressure. Lightly press the grooved tip of the applicator onto the LACRISERT® ophthalmic insert and it will adhere to the applicator. While looking into a mirror and starting with the right eye, turn head to the right so that the colored part of the eye is close to the nose. Use free hand to grasp the lower lid between the thumb and index finger. Gently pull the lid away from the eyeball to create a pocket between the white part of the eyeball and the lid.
Place the tip of the applicator containing LACRISERT® into the pocket. Avoid touching the colored part of the eye.

It is important to follow Steps 4 and 5 carefully or difficulty might be experienced in keeping LACRISERT® in the eye.
Remove the applicator. It is important after removing the applicator to look down before releasing the lower eyelid. LACRISERT® should remain deep in the lower pocket recess of the eye and not near the edge of the eyelid.

Dry Eye Patients With Reduced manual dexterity Learned to Insert and Retain LACRISERT®2

 

 

In a study, 91% of users with rheumatoid arthritis learned to successfully place LACRISERT® after just a few tries.2

Removing LACRISERT®

You may need to remove LACRISERT® if you:

  • Inserted LACRISERT® improperly and would like to reinsert a new one1
  • Experience blurring of vision1
  • Notice your Dry Eye symptoms getting worse (contact your eye care professional)1
  • Observe any new symptoms (contact your eye care professional)

Follow the instructions below for proper removal of LACRISERT®:

  1. Locate LACRISERT® by pulling the lid away from the eyeball while looking in a mirror.
  2. Close the eyelid.
  3. When located, move LACRISERT® upward with fingers through the closed eyelid.
  4. Keep the lid against the eyeball and LACRISERT® should slip over the lid margin so that it can be removed with a clean facial tissue without touching the colored part of your eye.

This video will demonstrate how to properly insert and remove LACRISERT®.

Just like wearing contact lenses for the first time, the insertion and removal process takes a little practice. Be sure to carefully read the Insertion Instructions. For the Spanish version, click here. If possible, practice the technique with your eye care professional.

Please note that the information presented here does not replace the advice of your eye care professional.

Indications and Usage

LACRISERT® is indicated in patients with moderate to severe Dry Eye syndromes, including keratoconjunctivitis sicca. LACRISERT® is indicated especially in patients who remain symptomatic after an adequate trial of therapy with artificial tear solutions. LACRISERT® is also indicated for patients with exposure keratitis, decreased corneal sensitivity, and recurrent corneal erosions.

Important Safety Information

LACRISERT® is contraindicated in patients who are hypersensitive to hydroxypropyl cellulose. Instructions for inserting and removing LACRISERT® should be carefully followed. If improperly placed, LACRISERT® may result in corneal abrasion. Because LACRISERT® may cause transient blurred vision, patients should be instructed to exercise caution when driving or operating machinery. Patients should be cautioned against rubbing the eye(s) containing LACRISERT®.

The following adverse reactions have been reported, but were in most instances, mild and temporary: transient blurring of vision, ocular discomfort or irritation, matting or stickiness of eyelashes, photophobia, hypersensitivity, eyelid edema, and hyperemia.

Talk to your doctor if you have side effects that bother you or that do not go away. You are encouraged to report side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

References: 1. Lacrisert [prescribing information]. Lawrenceville, NJ: Aton Pharma, Inc; 2007. 2. Hill JC. Slow-release artificial tear inserts in the treatment of dry eyes in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Br J Ophthalmol. 1989;73(2):151-154.

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