Dumfries & Galloway Health Board
Prescribing Support Team

Formulary Dry Eye Product Review

Posted: 5 Jun 13 Edited: 8 Aug 18
Audits Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat

Clintas Carbomer® gel and VitA-POS® eye ointment are the formulary preferred choices for the symptomatic relief of dry eye or tear deficiency in NHS D&G. Most multiple use dry preparations contain preservatives many of which cause sensitization. The formulary products have been selected because their preservatives are better tolerated by patients and because they are more cost-effective. Clintas Carbomer contains carbomer 980 0.2%. It should be prescribed by brand. VitA-POS preservative-free ophthalmic ointment contains retinol, liquid paraffin and wool fat. This review aims to move eligible patient onto the formulary choice dry eye preparations.