Hypromellose is used to treat dry eyes, keratitis, decreased corneal sensitivity and certain other eye disorders, according to WebMD. The medication works by moisturizing the eye.
Hypromellose, also known as artificial tears, protects the eye against infection and injury, as stated by WebMD. It also reduces symptoms of dry eyes including itching, burning, and the feeling of a foreign object in the eye. Hypromellose is generally used in the treatment of conditions that cause a decrease or complete halt in tear production, such as dehydration of the cornea, and it can also help lubricate artificial eyes and treat dry eyes resulting from a condition that prevents proper closing of the eyes. Doctors may occasionally prescribe the medication for other conditions.
The normal dosage for hypromellose eye drops is one to two applications per day, but patients can take them as needed to relieve dry eye symptoms, according to WebMD. The required dosage may vary depending on the condition being treated. If using other types of eye drops in conjunction with hypromellose, patients should wait five to 15 minutes between applications. Patients normally experience immediate relief upon application. Common side effects of hypromellose include blurring or slight stinging during application, itching, and irritation.