How to put erythromycin ophthalmic ointment?

As much as we would like to think that our eyes are strong and invincible, sometimes they need a little bit of extra help. That’s where an ophthalmic ointment called erythromycin comes in. This type of medication can be used for various eye infections, such as conjunctivitis or blepharitis. But how do you actually use it without poking yourself in the eye? Let’s take a closer look!

Preparing for application

Before you start applying any medication, make sure your hands are clean and dry. We don’t want any germs getting into those peepers! It’s also important to remove any contact lenses beforehand – this means either taking them out completely or waiting at least 15 minutes after putting them in before applying the ointment.

The right amount

When it comes to how much erythromycin ointment you should apply, follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. You might see some recommendations online about using “a thin ribbon” or “about half an inch”, but trying to eyeball these measurements is risky business (unless you have superhuman measuring abilities). Instead, rely on something more accurate: each tube of erythromycin usually has markings on the packaging that indicate how much product equals one dose.

Alternatively, if there aren’t specific pre-measured doses indicated on the packaging, then place ~1 cm long strip of solution over lower lid from inner end by pulling down lower eyelid slightly and forming pocket between eyelid and globe followed by gently releasing a small amount under upper lid

Applying Erythromycin Ophthalmic Ointment

Now here’s where things get serious – not really though because let’s face it; nothing about this process is intimidating except maybe thinking too hard– when ‘aint nobody got time for that!

  1. Tilt your head back
  2. Gently pull down on your lower eyelid to create a small ‘basket’
  3. Hold the tube like a pencil (that’s right, an ointment-filled pencil)
  4. Squeeze out the prescribed amount of erythromycin (with great power comes great responsibility!)
  5. Apply into “basket”
  6. Gently close your eyes and move them around so the ointment can spread evenly over the surface of your eye.
  7. Wipe away any excess.

Table with step-by-step process:

Steps Instructions
1. Tilt Your Head Back
2. Gently Pull Down On Your Lower Eyelid
3. Hold The Tube Like A Pencil
4. Squeeze Out Erythromycin Ointment With Prescribed Amount(with prescription)
5. Apply Into Eyebasket Created By Pulled Down Lid From Inner End (small quantity would be sufficient)
6. Gently Close Eyes And Move Them Around So The Ointment Can Spread Evenly Over Eye Surface
6.a We advise you do this without looking at anything embarrassing, we don’t need that kind of juju! Just think about all those good times you’re missing out on by taking care of yourself! #selfcare

Medication schedule

To get the most out of your erythromycin treatment, follow the dosage schedule prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist carefully: typically four to six times per day for five days will suffice in most cases where other options are ineffective.. Remembering schedules is hard enough as it is – e.g., I once had someone remind me every ten minutes or so that I had something important coming up…until it was virtually impossible not to remember…

We believe in you, and thus we recommend you put notes on your phone or computer after taking each dose #NoExcuses


Applying erythromycin ophthalmic ointment is really quite simple once you get the hang of it – just make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Keep a steady hand, brace yourself for potential dad jokes (looking at you, pencil-held-tube), and most importantly- take care of those baby blues!