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Quick summary

Type of medicine

Ocular Lubricant (Eye Drops)

Works by

Stabilizing the tear film by restoring the lipid layer, reducing tear evaporation, and providing lasting moisture for dry eye relief.

Active Ingredient

Propylene Glycol 0.6% and Hydroxypropyl Guar

Effective within

Rapid relief within minutes of application


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Side effects

Temporary blurred vision, mild eye irritation, watery eyes, redness, or discomfort at the application site. Allergic reactions are rare but possible.

Medication details


Systane Balance Eye Drops are a reputable solution for individuals experiencing the discomfort of dry eyes. Dry eye syndrome, also known as dry eye disease, is a common condition characterized by insufficient tear production or poor tear quality. This can lead to symptoms such as itching, burning, redness, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision.

Systane Balance Eye Drops are designed to address the root causes of dry eye by restoring the lipid layer of the tear film. This unique formulation works to stabilize the tear film, reducing tear evaporation and providing prolonged relief. If you're struggling with the persistent discomfort of dry eyes, Systane Balance Eye Drops may offer the relief you seek.


Clean Hands: Begin by washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water. This helps prevent contamination of the eye drops.
Remove the Cap: Carefully twist off the cap of the Systane Balance Eye Drops bottle.
Tilt Head Back: Gently tilt your head backward while looking upward.
Lower Eyelid: With one hand, gently pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket.
Apply Drops: Hold the eye drop bottle upside down over your eye and squeeze it to release one or two drops into the pocket created by your lower eyelid. Be cautious not to touch your eye with the dropper tip or any other surface.
Close Eye: Close your eye gently and blink a few times to help evenly distribute the solution.
Repeat if Necessary: If you need to treat both eyes, repeat the process for the other eye.
Replace Cap: Securely replace the cap on the eye drop bottle to prevent contamination.
Storage: Store Systane Balance Eye Drops at room temperature, away from direct sunlight, and ensure the bottle is tightly closed when not in use.
Follow Instructions: Always follow the usage instructions on the product packaging or those provided by your healthcare professional.


Systane Balance Eye Drops contain a combination of active and inactive ingredients:
Active Ingredients:
Propylene Glycol 0.6%: Helps to retain moisture and prevent evaporation of tears.
Hydroxypropyl Guar: Provides lubrication and enhances the stability of the tear film.
Inactive Ingredients:
Boric Acid
Dimyristoyl Phosphatidylglycerol
Edetate Disodium
Polyoxyl 40 Stearate
Polyquad® (Polyquaternium-1) 0.001% Preservative
Sorbitan Tristearate
Purified Water
This carefully balanced combination of ingredients works together to alleviate dry eye symptoms and restore comfort.

Side Effects

Systane Balance Eye Drops are generally well-tolerated. However, as with any medication, some individuals may experience side effects. Common side effects may include:
Mild eye irritation
Temporary blurred vision
Watery eyes
Redness or discomfort at the application site
Allergic reactions (rare but possible)
If you experience severe or persistent side effects, discontinue use and seek medical attention. Consult with a healthcare professional if you have concerns about the side effects of Systane Balance Eye Drops.


Consult a Healthcare Professional: If you experience ongoing eye discomfort, changes in vision, or worsening of symptoms after using Systane Balance Eye Drops, consult a healthcare professional for a comprehensive evaluation of your eye health.
Allergies: Avoid using Systane Balance Eye Drops if you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed on the product packaging.
Contact Lenses: Remove contact lenses before applying the eye drops and wait at least 15 minutes before reinserting them. Systane Balance Eye Drops are suitable for use with both soft and hard contact lenses.
Pregnancy and Nursing: If you are pregnant, nursing, or planning to become pregnant, consult with a healthcare professional before using this product.
Keep Out of Reach of Children: Store the eye drops out of the reach of children. In case of accidental ingestion, seek medical assistance promptly.
Use with Caution: While there are no specific interactions reported with alcohol, exercise caution if you consume alcohol and experience severe dry eye symptoms, as alcohol can exacerbate dryness.

Medically reviewed and published

  • This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead on Oct 5, 2023, 2:30 pm

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Please read our FAQs page to find out more.

How often should I use Systane Balance Eye Drops?

Systane Balance Eye Drops can typically be used as needed to relieve dry eye symptoms. However, it's advisable to follow the recommended usage instructions on the product packaging or consult a healthcare professional for personalized guidance.

Can I use Systane Balance Eye Drops while wearing makeup?

Yes, you can use Systane Balance Eye Drops while wearing makeup. To prevent smudging, apply the eye drops before applying eye makeup or after it has dried. Be cautious not to touch your eyes with makeup applicators that may carry contaminants.

Are there any specific storage requirements for Systane Balance Eye Drops?

Systane Balance Eye Drops should be stored at room temperature and away from direct sunlight. Always ensure that the bottle is tightly closed when not in use to maintain product integrity.

Can Systane Balance Eye Drops be used by individuals with sensitive eyes or allergies?

Systane Balance Eye Drops are designed to be gentle and well-tolerated. However, if you have sensitive eyes or known allergies to eye drop ingredients, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before use to ensure they are suitable for your specific needs.

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