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How To Use Eye Ointments And Gels

Your eye doctor may have prescribed an eye ointment or gel to put into
your eyes. It is important to learn how to use the eye ointment correctly
so you don't waste any of the medication.

How To Use Eye Ointment

Eye ointments are used to help relieve dry eyes, treat glaucoma, prevent
infection after eye surgery (including lasik, cataract, retina, glaucoma,
and cornea surgery), and to treat eye infections or eye allergies.

Here are some tips to get the most out of your eye ointment or eye gel by
putting them in your eyes correctly.

1. Wash your hands with soap and warm water and dry them.

2. Remove the cap from the medication tube. Do not touch the tip of the
tube. Eye ointments and gels must be kept clean.

3. Tilt the head back slightly.

4. Pull the lower eyelid down and away from the eyeball to form a pocket,
as shown in the picture. If self-administering eye ointment, you may wish
to sit or stand in front of a mirror and brace your hand against your
face to keep it steady.

5. Squeeze the tube and apply the prescribed amount of ointment or gel
(usually a 1/4 to 1/2-inch ribbon) to the inner surface of the lower
eyelid. Do not touch the tip of the medication tube to the eye or eyelid.
When self-administering eye ointment, look directly at the tip of the
tube when positioning it in front of your eye. To keep from blinking,
look up (away from the tube) just before you apply the ointment.

6. Release the eyelid, gently close the eye, and keep it closed for one
or two minutes. While the eyelid is closed, rotate the eye to distribute
the medication. Do not rub the eye.

7. Replace the cap on the medication tube.

8. Wipe off any excess ointment or gel with a clean tissue.

9. Wash your hands.

10. Eye ointments and gels can temporarily blur the vision. Avoid
activities requiring good vision until your vision clears.