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How to use your eye ointment

Read our guide below to help you understand how to use your eye ointment correctly.

You can also download a PDF version of this patient information by following the link on the right.

A person applying eye ointment to their eye

Advice on how to use eye ointment correctly

Step 1

Read the instructions on the label and treat only the eye stated. If you’re given a different tube for each eye, make sure you use the correct tube.

Step 2

Wash and dry your hands.

Step 3

Remove the cap from the tube.

Step 5

Stand or sit comfortably, in front of a mirror may help. Slightly tilt your head backward.

Step 6

Gently pull down the lower lid of your eye and look up.

Step 7

Squeeze the tube and place a 1cm strip of ointment into the space between the lower eyelid and your eye. Do not let the tip of the tube touch any part of your eye.

Step 8

Close your eyes for a few minutes, Do not rub them, then blink several times.

Step 9

Replace the cap on the tube.

Step 10

Your vision will be blurred for a short time afterwards. Do not drive or operate machinery until you can see clearly again.

Step 11

Always keep the tube tightly closed and store in a cool place, or as directed on the label.

Step 12

Most eye ointments should be discarded ONE month after opening. If in doubt ask your pharmacist.

Always keep the container tightly closed and store in a cool place, or as directed on the label.

Once opened, you must discare most eye ointments a maximum of 1 month after opening. Check the label on the bottle or ask your pharmacist.

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Always check specific advice on any concerns you may have with your doctor.

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