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Systane Gel Drops vs Systane Ultra
Medically reviewed by Sharon Copeland on 11 January 2022
Systane Lubricant Gel Drops and Systane Ultra by Alcon & Ciba Vision are both eye drops which provide soothing comfort and added moisture, leaving your eyes refreshed. Systane Gel Drops work best when applied before bed and are great for nighttime protection, whereas Systane Ultra offers fast and effective hydration throughout the day. Both of these eye drops are an excellent choice for those who suffer from dry eye.
Our specs table below shows a detailed comparison between Systane Gel Drops and Systane Ultra:
|Systane Gel Drops||Systane Ultra|
|Manufacturer||Alcon & Ciba Vision||Alcon & Ciba Vision|
|Replacement Schedule||Use before expiry date and 3 months after opening||Use before expiry date and 6 months after opening|
|Ingredients||Sterile solution containing polyethylene glycol 400,
propylene glycol, hydroxypropyl guar,
sorbitol, aminomethylpropanol, boric acid, potassium
chloride, sodium chloride, edetate disodium,
and POLYQUAD® (polyquaternium-1) 0.001% preservative.
|Polyethylene Glycol 400 0.4%Lubricant, Propylene|
Glycol 0.3%, Aminomethylpropanol, boric acid, hydroxypropyl
guar, POLYQUAD® (polyquaternium-1) 0.001% preservative,
potassium chloride, purified water, sodium chloride,
sorbitol. May contain hydrochloric acid and/or sodium
hydroxide to adjust pH
|Packaging and Pricing|
|Packaging Details||1 x 10ml bottle||1 x 10ml bottle|
|Price per box||£15.10||£10.40|
What is the difference between Systane Gel Drops and Systane Ultra?
Systane Gel Drops and Systane Ultra are both high performance eye drops that provide long lasting relief for dry eye.
Both these eye drops relieve soreness and irritation; however, Systane Ultra offers faster hydration and can be applied throughout the day whereas Systane Gel Drops are best applied before bed and features a thick gel formula which forms a protective shield on the eye and provides long-lasting relief to more severe dry eyes. These gel drops can be used before and after wearing contact lenses.
In addition to this Systane Ultra is designed for aqueous dry eye which means that it helps dry eye in patients who have an aqueous and mucin tear layer deficiency.
Both eye drops come in a 10ml bottle, perfect for when you’re on the go and your eyes need a quick refresh.
Which is better Systane Gel Drops or Systane Ultra?
Systane Ultra is a better choice if you’re looking for an eye drop to use during the day when you must have clear vision right away. It is suitable to use before and after inserting contact lenses and the bottle lasts for 6 months after opening.
Systane Gel Drops, on the other hand, take a few minutes to clear in the eyes but last longer in the eye, making them better for using overnight when dry eye syndrome is more severe. It is not contact lens friendly, and the bottle must be discarded 3 months after opening.
Not sure which eye drops to go for? Take a look at what our customers have to say below:
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