Siccapos® Gel – low-cost but high-quality moistening of the eye
When the tear film is impaired
Ophthalmologists use the term keratoconjunctivitis sicca to describe a disease pattern which is characterized by an impaired productivity of the body’s own tear glands and inaccurate composition of lachrymal fluid. The general population knows this phenomenon as dry eye. The tear film on the ocular surface is a very complicated construct. It consists of a thin outer layer of lipids which prevents a quick evaporation of the tears. Beneath it lays the actual aqueous tear layer which plays an important role in the supply of the cells of the ocular surface with oxygen and nutrients. The innermost layer of the tear film is composed of a mucous layer – the so-called mucine layer – which adheres perfectly to the cells of the cornea and the conjunctiva of the eye (see image 1). As a result, the tears spread evenly on the eye.
- superficial layer of lipids
- aqueous layer
- mucine layer
- surface of the corneaTränenmangel bedeutet Nährstoffmangel
Tear deficiency means lack of nutrition
When the composition of the tear film is abnormal or the tear glands produce too little of this important liquid, the tear film ruptures (image 2). The result: The cells which lie in this area of the ocular surface will not be supplied with oxygen and nutrients anymore. The affected will notice the damage of the cells as it manifests in form of itching, burning of the eyes or foreign body sensation. These symptoms are often associated with pain. In the advanced stage it can come to superficial injuries of the cornea and the conjunctiva.
Siccapos® Gel – a dripping gel for intensive moistening
The gel structure in Siccapos® Gel is created by the ingredient polyacrylic acid. Despite the increased viscosity of the gel, the content of the tube stays smooth and can be put into the eye drip by drip. The gel structure, consisting of polyacrylic acid which binds moisture, will degrade slowly due to the salts contained in the lachrymal fluid. The water contained in the gel will be released. This leads to permanent and intensive moistening of the ocular surface. As a result, patients suffering from an advanced stage of dry eye need to apply Siccapos® Gel less frequently than conventional artificial tear solutions.
Siccapos® Gel – compensates for tear deficiency
|Siccapos® Gel||PZN||Shelf life after opening||Storage instructions|
|10 g eye gel||00165190||4 Weeks||do not store above 25°C|
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