Tobramycin Ophthalmic

November 12, 2012

Tobramycin Ophthalmic

Tobramycin Ophthalmic is a type of anti-biotic used to treat eye infections. When used properly it will effectively relieve the symptoms of eye infections.

How to use it

Tobramycin Ophthalmic is a liquid solution that comes in the form of eye drops or an eye ointment to be rubbed in. Always follow the instructions and guidelines provided on the package or by your doctor but usually the Tobramycin Ophthalmic eye drops should be applied every 4-8 hours and the ointment should be used between 2 and 4 times a day. The following is instructions on how to apply the eye drops:

  • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water and then dry them. Check the dropper tip is fully intact with no chips or cracks. Make sure to keep the dropper clean and don’t let it come into contact with anything, including your eye.

  • Tilt your head backwards and gently pull down the skin directly below the eye. With the other hand take the dropper containing some of the Tobramycin Ophthalmic eye drop solution and bring it as close to your eye as you can without touching it. Use your remaining fingers to steady your hand on your face.

  • Keep your eye open and look directly upwards. Squeeze the dropper, releasing a single drop of the solution fall into your eye. Release the skin you are holding down and close your eye for 2 or 3 minutes with your hear now tilting forwards. Try to keep your eyes close as they would naturally without blinking or squeezing shut.

  • Gently apply some pressure to the tear duct and wipe away any liquid from around your eyes or face.

  • If you require more than one drop in the eye, wait at least 5 minutes before repeating the procedure.

The following is instructions on how to use the Tobramycin Ophthalmic eye ointment:

  • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water and then dry them. You will require a mirror if you applying the ointment yourself. Alternatively ask someone else to help you.

  • Keep the tube completely clean and don’t let it come into contact with anything including your eye.

  • Hold the tube between your thumb and index finger and then place it as close to your eyelid as you can without touching it. Use the remaining fingers to support your hand against your face.

  • Using the other hand pull down the skin directly below the eye and place a small amount of ointment inside. Tilt your head down and close your eyes for 1-2 minutes.

Further information

Tobramycin Ophthalmic should be stored at room temperature in a tightly sealed container and kept away from children. Some potential side effect can include eye tearing, itching, stinging, swelling of the eye and temporarily blurred vision. If you have any questions you can ask your doctor of pharmacist for information.

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