LACRISERT (hydroxypropyl cellulose ophthalmic insert)


The information below is intended for U.S. patients

If you're tired of temporary relief with artificial tears and looking for up to 24-hour relief from your moderate to severe dry eye symptoms, ask your doctor about LACRISERT (hydroxypropyl cellulose ophthalmic insert).

LACRISERT (hydroxypropyl cellulose ophthalmic insert) is a sterile, translucent, rod-shaped, water soluble, preservative-free, slow-release, prescription lubricant which is placed in your eye to treat moderate to severe dry eye symptoms and offers once-daily dosing. (Some people may need to use it twice a day for symptom relief.)

LACRISERT softens as it dissolves slowly over the course of one day to stabilize and thicken the tear film of the eye.1 This allows your natural tears to be better maintained throughout the day.2 As your tear film thickens, it can protect the surface of your eyes longer, and you should begin to feel relief from your dry eye symptoms.1

LACRISERT has been proven to relieve the following symptoms of moderate to severe dry eye1,2: dryness, burning, tearing, foreign body sensation, itching, light sensitivity, and blurred vision. Individual results may vary. It also can be used to treat the following eye conditions: exposure keratitis, decreased corneal sensitivity and recurrent corneal erosions. If you have further questions, please ask your eye care professional.

Please see Important Safety Information below.

Key Features

  • Once a day for most people
  • Preservative-free
  • Continuous lubrication over the course of a day*
*Individual results may vary.

Directions for use:

See full instructions > > (1.3 MB, PDF)

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LACRISERT (hydroxypropyl cellulose ophthalmic insert): Additional information


LACRISERT (hydroxypropyl cellulose ophthalmic insert) is an insert placed in your eye to treat moderate to severe dry eyes. It also can be used to treat the following eye conditions: exposure keratitis, decreased corneal sensitivity and recurrent corneal erosions.

Important Safety Information

Do not use LACRISERT (hydroxypropyl cellulose ophthalmic insert) if you are allergic to hydroxypropyl cellulose.

Follow the instructions for using LACRISERT that come with the package.

Because LACRISERT may cause temporary blurred vision, use caution when driving or operating machinery.

The following side effects have been reported: temporary blurring of vision, discomfort, irritation or redness in the eye, matting or sticky eyelashes, eye sensitivity to light, an allergic reaction known as hypersensitivity and swelling of the eyelid.

Tell your doctor about any side effects that you may have.

Please see complete Prescribing Information for LACRISERT (466.5 KB, PDF).

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.  Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

1Lacrisert [prescribing information]. Lawrenceville, NJ: Aton Pharma, Inc; 2008.
2Katz JI, Kaufman HE, Breslin C, Katz IM. Slow-release artificial tears and the treatment of keratitis sicca. Ophthalmology. 1978;85(8):787-793.

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