How To Use Eye Ointment | How To Apply Ointment To The Eyes | How To Administer An Eye Ointment

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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.


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.


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.)


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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I'm a British - Persian - Iranian prescribing media pharmacist who loves science, making videos and helping people. I work in both GP surgeries and community pharmacy.

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.

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Aryan . 2017-12-04
Great informative video! Love how well you explain the process 👍🏼
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Jami Jann . 2020-02-10
Tnx for this useful information, just got my eye drop "Fucithalmic". Hope it will get better soon🙏😊
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Jagdish Grover . 2020-02-10
u r so handsome
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Kunal Payale . 2020-01-30
How many times we should apply it? Btw i am using eye drop also
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Rajesh sinha . 2020-01-24
Good video. He did not state if multiple eye ointments are being used which one to apply first. The commonly used eye ointment named Erythromycin or a commonly used Steroid eye ointment. Does it matter? My Doctor told me also I can utilize my finger to apply the cream as long as my hands were clean.
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tbone . 2020-01-24
Great video! I am 56 and just got prescribed eye ointment for the first time ever. Didn't even think to ask how to put it in my eye like a dummy, lol. Dr said the ointment works better than drops. It's not easy to put in but hopefully I'll get better. Both of my eyes are infected, this sucks! Thank you for the help!
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Jade Foreign . 2020-01-20
What kind of ointment is that
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jeonhulyana . 2020-01-20
Thank you !! my doctor didnt demonstrate it to me. i put too thin on my first try so now imma wait for my next dose since i have to do it 3 times a day. also i have to put some on the outside on my top eyelid
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Abhi K . 2020-01-19
Thank you so much...it helps me a lot...👍
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jake simmons . 2020-01-19
i was prescribed erythromycin ophthalmic ointment and burned and made it hurt even more, created more eye gong build up and looked bad
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Kevin Velazquez . 2020-01-17
Do you apply to both eye or only your bad eye
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Happy123 . 2020-01-16
yo doc I got a nasty eye infection such that my lower eyelid swells up, how am I supposed to do what u did at 0:51 then? hurts like hell
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KOYA Fics . 2020-01-14
The mouth of the tube slightly had contact with my infected eye, what should I do?
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Hassan Khan . 2020-01-13
Yo why didn’t my doctor demonstrate this to me. I’ve been sticking my finger in my eye
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NoNo KN . 2020-01-10
Thnk u for sharing dis vdo
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Christopher Gutierrez . 2020-01-10
Thank you Abraham.
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Forkester . 2019-12-26
Thank you so much! My pharmacist told me to put 1cm under my eye, in my lower eyelid and then to pull both eyelids. However, my mom told me I can pull my upper eyelid over my lower one and that works too. My eyelids and eyelashes get all soaked with the ointment and my vision is blurry for several minutes and it clears up. Is there something wrong with this method?

Also, I poked my eye with the tube on accident. Should I buy another tube? It's difficult because as soon as I open the tube, the ointment starts flowing out. The ointment is an antibiotic, tobramicin (in my language at least).
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Matthew K. . 2019-12-25
i was just putting it directly on my eye 😂 and i had blurry vision because of it for 20 minutes afterwards... this method helped me so much! thnaks
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Chris K . 2019-12-21
Thank you so much for this video
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Lori Hamblin-Longoria . 2019-12-19
This was quite helpful. I’m glad you clarified the order of eye drops to ointment.
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abdirizak sayidali . 2019-12-18
thanks a lot
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Lewis Ingram . 2019-12-14
I like this guy
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Arab Ella . 2019-12-14
If i used it more than 1 week then???
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B R . 2019-12-06
Apparently you’re supposed to avoid letting the tube touch any surfaces and with my luck I ended up accidentally dropping it, is it still safe to use? Please reply
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chris cartoons . 2019-12-04
Thanks for the video it helped a lot but my lower eye lid pushed the ointment up how do I stop this?
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kael lau . 2019-11-30
Many Thanks. It helps.
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ron flynn . 2019-11-29
thanks for the advice abraham, however, your advice is flawed, for someone like myself who needs glasses to see what Iam doing, the best that I can do is to aim at dead centre. good try all the same thanks..ronaldo
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manan patel . 2019-11-28
This guy is amazing. Thanks for sharing.
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Matej Poljak . 2019-11-27
Thanks for the technique :D my doctor didn't say anything how to aplicate that gel...only that that I need to use it... but how?!
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Bacon Is Good . 2019-11-25
thanks for the vid, i got pink eye and was clueless on how to apply this stuff. also i can tell ur doing what u love
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Najat Ali . 2019-11-25
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Mark Jyron Ibarra . 2019-11-25
How to apply eye ointment on upper eyelid??
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ron flynn . 2019-11-24
much thanks for your advice, now I can get the ointment where its needed............
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N33V . 2019-11-19
I had an corneal injury 2 months ago and now it a bit fine .... I was given an eye ointment to apply at night , so what i do is apply it in my eye and then keep it closed until i fall asleep it usually works fine but sometimes when I'm half asleep i accidentally open the eye and it gets super dry and in the morning it gets completely red and tears start coming out .... Am i doing it the wrong way should i try the way you showed it in the video ???
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Miss Sathi . 2019-11-17
Thank u, u teach me it very well, i don’t know how to use it
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Brand0 . 2019-11-16
For contact users!!! Don’t use while your contact is in. Final tip he had. Your welcome.-Contact user
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shama mcwann . 2019-11-15
Thank you for your information. Very helpful many thanks again.
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Craig Thornton . 2019-11-15
Hi I'm currently taking hourly eye drops and leave 10 minutes between them. But I also need to take ointment twice a day so confused about how to time between drops! Can you help
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Abhisek Shandil . 2019-11-13
Really helpful. Thanks Doctor
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suraksha sharma . 2019-11-09
Thanks 🙏
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John Deere . 2019-11-08
What if it is specifically Neomycin Polymyxin B Sulfates Bacitracin Zinc and Hydrocortisone Ophthalmic ointment, for a male cat, and the pink colored part around his eye turned even more pink in color? It now looks worse than it did before ever using this ointment.
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James Dessaint . 2019-11-07
thanks for the info
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little tattle . 2019-11-04
My doctor told me to apply it ON the eyelid, not inside it. Is it still effective?

Also, I have a stye.
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Brian Anderson . 2019-11-02
Is it a big problem say 5-10 minutes apart as opposed to 30 minutes?
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Shut da hell up . 2019-11-01
The doc said that i gotta apply it on my eye lids/lashes, so i think im supposed to close my eyes and then apply it over the edge of my eyes lids (basically where the lashes grow)? Am i right.... What they are for is that i have a problem where my eye lashes have small white flakes/crusty lashes (Blepharitis?)
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sasinmo . 2019-11-01
Hold up, I got a stye on the top of my eyelid, am i supposed to put it inside my eye? I thought i was supposed to put it on my top eyelid. HELP
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Ethan & Sissy's House of Games . 2019-10-31
Wish he was my pharmacist
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abi holden . 2019-10-29
i've never used an ointment before but watching your video has made me so comfortable approaching it. Thank you for the great info, very helpful
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MuhdZikry . 2019-10-26
It's still come out, idk how the heck I'm dealing with this shit
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David Pitre . 2019-10-19
Doctor told me to use q tip directly on the eye. I knew there was something wrong lol
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