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Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis Eye Ointment

Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed by Mohommed Essop-AdamReviewed on 30.10.2023 | 3 minutes read
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Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis Eye Ointment is used to treat minor bacterial eye infections (such as bacterial conjunctivitis). It contains the active ingredient chloramphenicol, a broad-spectrum antibiotic that works against a wide variety of bacteria. Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis Eye Ointment can be used in adults and children over the age of 2 years and purchased from your pharmacy after discussing the symptoms with your pharmacist. In some situations, your pharmacist may suggest an alternative eye treatment that could be more appropriate than chloramphenicol. Viral and fungal eye infections can cause very similar symptoms but need different treatments.

Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis Eye Ointment can be used on its own or together with chloramphenicol eye drops, however, this is normally through the direction of the doctor. It is used in combination with chloramphenicol eye drops because the ointment lasts longer in the eyes, making them more suitable for the before-bed application.

Doctor’s advice

Who is it for?

Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis Eye Ointment is available over the counter for adults and children over the age of 2 years for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis. To read more about conjunctivitis visit our page to see if you may have it. If you are unsure, it is important to discuss your symptoms with your pharmacist to distinguish them from other eye conditions that may need different treatment.

How do I use it?

  • If you are using Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis Eye Ointment on its own, you should apply the ointment 3 to 4 times a day.
  • If you are also using chloramphenicol eye drops, just apply the ointment once a day at night instead of applying the eye drops.
  • To apply the ointment, pull your lower eyelid downwards and look upwards.
  • Then squeeze about 1cm of ointment into the space between your lower eyelid and your eye and close your eye afterwards for a few moments.
  • Take care to ensure the nozzle of the tube does not touch your eye, fingers, or the skin around your eyes, and make sure you wash your hands before using the medication.
  • You should continue using the medication for 2 days after the eye appears normal up to a maximum treatment duration of 5 days.
  • If your symptoms show no improvement within 48hrs or get any worse, you should see your doctor quickly as you may need alternative treatment.

Unlike chloramphenicol eye drops, Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis Eye Ointment does not need to be stored in the fridge.

Are there any side effects?

As with all medications, some people may experience side effects. If you develop any bothersome side effects, stop using the medication and speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Potential side effects from Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis Eye Ointment can include blurred vision or stinging just after applying the ointment, which should quickly subside.

Who should not use the medication?

As always, do not use the medication if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it. Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis Eye Ointment should not be used in children under 2 years or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding unless under supervision by a doctor. Optrex Bacterial Conjunctivitis Eye Ointment is not suitable for you if you have bone marrow depression or a family history of blood problems (such as low blood cell counts). If you wear contact lenses, you should speak to your doctor urgently as serious eye infections are more common. You should also speak to your doctor if you have blurred vision, cloudy vision, eye pain, any eye conditions such as glaucoma, or your eye(s) are more sensitive to light.

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Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed by Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed on 30.10.2023
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