Wednesday, February 9, 2011

How to apply eye ointment or eye gel?

Yesterday I went to The Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital for eye examination and being diagnosed as having eye inflammatory condition + dry eyes. After paying RM129, I went home with three types of eye medicine.
Allergan Prednisolone Mild 0.12% eye drop to treat the inflammation, 1 drop 4 times a day for 2 weeks. Alcon Tears Naturale preservative free, 1 drop 6-8 times a day for a month. Alcon Duratears Naturale for dry eye, to be used every night.

I don't know how compliant can I be... Apply so many different drops per day, and so frequent~ Actually I don't have any problem until I started using the eye ointment last night. Have counseled countless number of patients the ways to use eye ointment, but when I try to administer it into my own eye last night, I found some difficulties too! First, I've shaky hands! Friends who know me well sure know that I've shaky hands, not because I'm nervous or having hyperthyroidism, just born like that~ Second, I really dislike the blurry and cloudy vision after using the ointment.

How To Administer An Ophthalmic Ointment

1. Wash your hands carefully with soap and warm water.

2. Gently cleanse the affected eyelid with warm water and a soft cloth before applying the ointment.

3. In front of a mirror, with the affected eye looking upward, gently pull the lower eyelid downward with your index finger to form a pouch.

4. Squeeze a thin line (approximately 1cm) of the ointment along the pouch.
IMPORTANT: Be very careful when applying this ointment. DO NOT allow the tip of the ointment tube to touch the eyelid, the eyeball, your finger, or any surface.

5. Close the eye gently and rotate the eyeball to distribute the ointment. You may blink several times to evenly spread the ointment.

6. Replace the cap on the ointment tube.

After you apply the ointment, your vision may be blurred temporarily. Do not be alarmed. This will clear up in a short while, but do not drive a car or operate machinery until your vision has cleared.


* This is a sterile ointment. Contamination of the tip or the cap of the tube can lead to a serious eye infection.
* If irritation persists or increases, discontinue use immediately.
* Generally, eye makeup should be avoided while using eye ointments.

Information adapted and obtained from The Pharmaceutics and Compounding Laboratory


Min said...

Wah, very informative! Actually I myself haven't tried applying eye ointment before although I have done many counselings on it.

Mindy said...

u should try smin, is not comfortable

bacterium said...

Rm129 is kinda cheap there. Is it that your eyes are constant irritated that you go for the eye checkup? Or you were just going there for fun? Good instruction btw.

Mindy said...

not feeling well on and off for a mth, no improvement after seeking treatment at GP, that's y went for eye specialist check up. of course not for fun ><

Elite Eye Serum said...

before we test and try other products and other eye cream stuffs we should consult some experts regarding the condition we have.

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Anonymous said...

Unbelievable how poor the "official" advice is on this. Putting the tip of the tube so close to the eye makes it difficult to control the amount and guarantees contamination sooner or later and throwing out expensive medicine. A nurse advised me the best way that has worked for a couple of years: wash / disinfect hands and especially one finger tip. Apply exactly the right amount to the finger tip, pull down the eyepouch with the other hand and spread the ointment in the pouch. Clean, simple, accurate and won't contaminate the whole tube if a mistake is made with the single dose of ointment.

Anonymous said...

hi i also got those same medicine from the doctor for dry eylids and irritation

Anonymous said...

i am advised to use it for a month as well. i want to know if it cured your eyes problem or not