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Home » Medicine Usage Guides » Eye Ointments and Gels

Eye Ointments and Gels

How to Use Your Eye Ointment

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Sit in front of a mirror so you can see what you are doing.
  3. Take the lid off the ointment.
  4. Tip your head back.
  5. Gently pull down your lower eyelid and look up.
  6. Hold the tube above the eye and gently squeeze a 1cm line of ointment along the inside of the lower eyelid, taking care not to touch the eye or eyelashes with the tip of the tube.
  7. Blink your eyes to spread the ointment over the surface of the eyeball.
  8. Your vision may be blurred when you open your eyes – DON’T rub your eyes. The blurring will clear after a few moments if you keep blinking.
  9. Wipe away any excess ointment with a clean tissue.
  10. Repeat this procedure for the other eye if you have been advised to do so by your doctor or pharmacist.
  11. Replace the lid of the tube.
  12. Take care not to touch the tip of the tube with your fingers.
  13. If you are using more than one type of ointment, wait for about half-an-hour before using the next ointment, to allow the first to be absorbed into the eye.
  14. If you are also using eye drops use them first, then wait for five minutes before applying the eye ointment.

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Other Useful Advice

  • Some people find it easier to have someone else put their eye ointment in for them.
  • Do not share your eye ointment with other people.
  • If your vision is blurred after using your eye ointment, wait for it to clear before driving or using hazardous machinary.
  • CONTACT LENSES if you normally wear contact lenses, don’t wear them while using eye ointment unless your doctor, pharmacist or optician has told you otherwise.
  • STORAGE some (but not all) eye ointments need to be stored in the fridge. Check that you know where to store your eye ointment.
  • EXPIRY never use your eye ointment after the expiry date, as it may be contaminated with dirt or bacteria. Eye ointments containing a preservative should be thrown away four weeks after opening. Follow the printed instructions given with your ointment. Write the date you open your eye ointment on the tube so you know when to throw it away.
  • Some people may find their eyes sting immediately after use. This will normally only be for a short time. If the irritation is severe or if the eye ointment seems to make your symptoms worse, discuss the matter with your doctor or pharmacist. If you notice anything unusual, tell your doctor or pharmacist.
  • If you miss a dose of your eye ointment, apply the dose as soon as you remember, and then go on as before.
  • Always use the ointment according to the printed label or as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you accidentally use more than you were supposed to.
  • Once you have finished the treatment course, carefully dispose of any remaining ointment, or return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
  • Eye ointments should only be used in the eyes and must not be taken by mouth.


  • Follow directions carefully
  • Do not miss doses
  • Your eyesight may be cloudy after using the ointment or gel
  • Store medications out of reach of children
  • Discard after 30 days

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