Eye ointments containing liquid paraffin

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Apply the eye ointment at night to relieve dryness and irritation.

Your vision may become blurred for a short while after using the ointment. This will soon clear.

Type of medicineEye lubricant
Used forDry eyes
Also calledLacri-Lube®; VitA-POS®; Simple Eye Ointment
Available asEye ointment

Eye ointments containing liquid paraffin are used to relieve dryness and irritation. They work by lubricating and protecting the surface of your eyes. As well as containing liquid paraffin, they also contain white or yellow soft paraffin and wool fats. These ingredients lubricate your eyes in a similar way to liquid paraffin.

These eye ointments are available on prescription, or you can buy them without a prescription at pharmacies.

To make sure this is the right treatment for you, before you start using the eye ointment it is important that your doctor or pharmacist knows:

  • If you normally wear contact lenses.
  • If you have ever had an allergic reaction to lanolin or to any other preparation you have used in your eye.
  1. First wash your hands.
  2. Remove the cap from the tube.
  3. Pull the lower lid of your eye downwards to form a pocket.
  4. Hold the tube upside down near to your eye.
  5. Squeeze the tube to release a thin line of ointment along the inside of your lower eyelid. Try not to touch your eye with the end of the tube as you do this.
  6. Blink a few times to spread the ointment around the inside of your eye.
  7. Repeat the process in your other eye if you have been told to use it in both eyes.
  8. Replace the cap on the tube.
  • Before you start using the eye ointment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack.
  • Apply the ointment at night. You can also use it during the day as often as you need, but other eye preparations such as eye drops are often more convenient for day use.
  • Take care not to touch your eye, fingers, or any other surface with the nozzle of the tube. This could contaminate the eye ointment.
  • If you are using other eye preparations (such as eye drops or eye ointments), apply these before the eye ointment containing liquid paraffin. You should leave an interval of 5-10 minutes between applying each preparation.
  • When first used, eye ointments can cause blurred vision. This should quickly clear, but do not drive or use tools or machines if you are unable to see properly.
  • Do not wear contact lenses while you are using eye ointments. Speak with your doctor or optician if you need more information about this.

This eye preparation is unlikely to cause unwanted symptoms, although rarely some people have an allergic-type reaction to the ingredients. If this happens, your eye may become red or swollen. If so, stop using the ointment and contact your doctor.

If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to using the ointment, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Most eye ointments only keep for four weeks once opened. If you are using VitA-POS®, it can be used for 6 months. Do not store or use a tube for longer than the recommended time. This will help to prevent the risk of eye infections.
  • Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.

This preparation is for use in the eye only. If someone swallows some of it, go to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital. Take the container with you, even if it is empty.

This medicine is for you. Never give it to other people even if their condition appears to be the same as yours.

Do not keep out-of-date or unwanted medicines. Take them to your local pharmacy which will dispose of them for you.

If you have any questions about this medicine ask your pharmacist.

Further reading & references

  • British National Formulary; 64th Edition (Sep 2012) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London

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Helen Allen
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