LACRISERT (cellulose) ®
(hydroxypropyl cellulose ophthalmic insert)
Note: Your licensed practitioner or a trained associate can demonstrate the
proper use of LACRISERT (cellulose) *. Please read and follow these instructions carefully
for your subsequent use.
Clinical experience with LACRISERT (cellulose) indicates that in some patients several
weeks may be required before satisfactory improvement of symptoms is achieved.
Two applicators (one spare) are supplied with each package.
Before opening the package of LACRISERT (cellulose) , wash your hands thoroughly with soap
STEP 1: On a flat surface, open blister pocket slowly and smoothly by
peeling back label area. Each blister pocket contains one LACRISERT (cellulose) ophthalmic
STEP 2: 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.
STEP 3: 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 (cellulose) ophthalmic insert and it will adhere to the applicator.
It is important to follow STEPS 4 and 5 carefully or you might experience
difficulty in keeping LACRISERT (hydroxypropyl cellulose ophthalmic insert)
in your eye.
STEP 4: Look into a mirror. Starting with the right eye, turn your head
to the right so that the colored part of the eye is close to your nose. Use
your free hand to grasp the lower lid between the thumb and index finger. Pull
the lid away from the eyeball and create a pocket between the white part of
the eyeball and the lid.
STEP 5: Place the tip of the applicator containing LACRISERT (cellulose) into the
pocket. Avoid touching the colored part of the eye.
Remove the applicator. It is important, after removing the applicator, to
look down, then release the lower eyelid. LACRISERT (hydroxypropyl cellulose
ophthalmic insert) should remain deep in the lower pocket recess of the eye
and not near the lower eyelid.
Repeat procedure with left eye, turning head to the left so that the colored
part of the eye is close to your nose.
Rinse the applicator thoroughly under hot running tap water after use. Gently
shake off visible water droplets and promptly return it to the storage container.
Note that the storage container provides space for a strip of two LACRISERT (cellulose)
ophthalmic inserts next to the applicator storage compartment.
If LACRISERT (cellulose) causes worsening of symptoms, or if new symptoms develop, it should
be removed and your prescriber contacted.
Should the removal of the LACRISERT (cellulose) ophthalmic insert be necessary, follow
- Locate LACRISERT (cellulose) by pulling the lid away from the eyeball while looking
for LACRISERT (cellulose) in a mirror.
- Then close the eyelids.
- When located, move LACRISERT (cellulose) upward with your fingers through the closed
- Keep the lids against the eyeball and LACRISERT (cellulose) should slip over the lid
margin so that you can remove it with a clean facial tissue without touching
the colored part of the eye.
CAUTION: Because this product may produce transient blurring of vision,
you should exercise caution when operating hazardous machinery or driving a
Store below 30°C (86°F).