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Published on August 3rd, 2012 | by Mark Erickson

Erythromycin ointment for the eye

Why is Erythromycin ointment prescribed?

erythromycin ointmentErythromycin ointment is an antibiotic eye ointment medicine that treats eye infections. This eye ointment is sometimes prescribed for other uses, ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How should Erythromycin ointment be used?

Use this eye ointment as directed. Try to use this medication at the same time each day to get into a routine of taking it. Do not stop using this medication without first consulting your doctor.  Apply eye drops to the affected eye(s) using this five-step technique:

 

  1. Wash hands first. To avoid contamination, be careful not to touch the dropper or let it touch your eye.
  2. Tilt your head back, gaze upward and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch.
  3. Place dropper directly over eye and administer the prescribed number of drops. Look downward and gently close your eye for 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Place one finger at the corner of the eye near the nose and apply gentle pressure. This will prevent the medication from draining away from the eye.
  5. Try not to blink and do not rub the eye. Do no rinse the dropper.
  6. If you are using another type of eye drop, wait at least five minutes before applying other medications.

Erythromycin Ointment special precautions?

Ask your doctor about use of this medication during pregnancy or while breast-feeding. This medication may temporarily sting when first applied. If this persists, inform your doctor. Vision may be temporarily blurred after applying eye medication, especially ointment.

Use caution driving or performing duties requiring clear vision. Inform your doctor if you develop skin rash, itching, redness, swelling in or around the eyes or ears while using this.

What should I do if I miss a dose of Erythromycin Ointment?

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one.

Erythromycin Ointment side effects

This medication may temporarily sting when first applied. If this persists, inform your doctor. Vision may be temporarily blurred after applying eye medication.

Use caution driving or performing duties requiring clear vision. Inform your doctor if you develop skin rash, itching, redness, swelling in or around the eyes or ears while using this.

How do I store Erythromycin Ointment?

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Some erythromycin eye drop prescriptions require refrigeration; others require room temperature and must be stored away from excess heat. Check with your physician or pharmacist. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.

What OTHER INFORMATION should I know?

Keep all appointments with your doctor.

Do not let anyone else take your medication. Your prescription is probably not refillable. If you still have symptoms of infection after you finish this medication, call your doctor.

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About the Author

Mark Erickson is a certified ophthalmic technician and ophthalmic photographer. He is a technical writer in the eye care industry. Mark is also an ophthalmic medical illustrator. His works have been published on the covers of more than 60 eye care publications. Some of his clients include National Geographic, Bausch & Lomb, Johnson & Johnson, Transitions, Genentech and Allergan.



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