How To Use Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment Properly | How To Apply Ointment To The Eyes Instructions | How To Administer An Eye Ointment
Hey guys! This weeks video is all about how to use an eye ointments, I get asked how to use them by patients, probably on a daily basis when I'm in the pharmacy.
Many patients find eye ointments tricky to use, it's thick and tends to curl like a little snake when it comes out of the tube. Don't be alarmed that your eye ointment doesn't look like mine in the video, the technique used is correct for all eye ointments.
So here's my short guide, learn to use an eye ointment like a pro in just 2 minutes! As always please make sure to like, share and tag friends who use eye ointments or drops as they may learn something new.
USING AN EYE OINTMENT
1- Wash your hands well before you use the eye ointment.
2- Sit or stand in front of a mirror.
3- Remove the cap from the tube.
4- Tilt your head back a little and pull the lower lid of your eye out to form a pocket.
5- Hold the tube upside down near to your eye.
6- Apply enough pressure to the tube to release a thin line of ointment along the inside of the lower eyelid. Try not to touch your eye as you do this.
7- Give the tube a little twist at the end to cut the ointment from the tube.
8- Close your eye for 30 seconds to 1 minute then blink a few times to spread the ointment around the inside of your eye.
9- Your vision may become a little blurred after you use an eye ointment. If you blink several times after you apply your eye ointment your vision should clear. Try not to rub your eyes.
10- Repeat the process in your other eye if directed by your healthcare professional.
11- When you have finished, remember to replace the cap on the tube in order to prevent the ointment from becoming contaminated. Try not to touch the top of the tube.
SOME POINTS ABOUT EYE OINTMENTS
Eye ointments are free from germs (sterile) before the bottle top is opened. Once it is opened:
•Keep the tube closed in a cool, dark place (unless otherwise advised).
• Do not let the top of the tube touch your eye, fingers, or any other surface. This is to keep it free from germs such as bacteria.
• Do not let anyone else use your eye ointment and do not use anyone else's eye ointment yourself.
• Throw out the tube (and get a new one if required) after the recommended time. This is often four weeks after first opening the tube - always check information leaflet for exact time frame.
• Never keep opened tubes to use later. There is a risk that the ointment may become infected if it is kept and used for longer than advised. You may wish to write the date that you opened the tube on the label so you will know when it is time to throw it out.
• Do not wear contact lenses whilst using eye ointments unless otherwise advised. (Some drugs and preservatives in eye ointments can accumulate in soft contact lenses and may cause harm.)
USING OTHER EYE OINTMENTS OR DROPS
If you need to use two eye ointments, you should apply one of the eye ointments as per the instructions above; then, wait about half an hour before you apply the second eye ointment. This is in order to allow enough time for the first eye ointment to be absorbed.
If you have been prescribed an eye drop as well as an eye ointment you should normally apply the eye drop first. Wait five minutes and then apply your eye ointment
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This video is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Abraham The Pharmacist has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult a doctor or other health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.