When I used to wear contact lenses I suffered regularly from eye infections which I blamed on the contacts but since I have had my eyes lasered and no longer wear contact lenses I still get the odd eye infection which causes my eye to become tender and sore and swell almost shut. I have been to the doctor and he says there is no reason why I should be getting them and that I am just unlucky. It isn''t as though I get them all the time but even once a year is more than enough as it is both uncomfortable and horrible to look at too. I used to wait to see the doctor and then get a prescription but now I just pop into the pharmacy and buy some Goldeneye ointment as this works the best for me and I don''t need a prescription to buy it. You can only buy it from pharmacies at the discretion of the pharmacist but I have never had any trouble being given it as they take one look at my swollen eye and just hand it over. The ointment comes in a tiny little tube and costs 5.95. The active ingredient is Chloramphenicol which is an antibiotic used to treat conjunctivitis. The ointment is a very greasy one thanks to the fact that it is also made up of paraffin and wool fat. You use it by squeezing a couple of drops into the infected eye on the tear duct and then rolling your eyeball around so that the ointment can cover the entire eyeball. You have to be careful when putting the ointment in so as to not spread the infection to the tube. Once you put the ointment in your eye it feels a little bit uncomfortable as it is thick compared to drops so you can feel it on your eyeball and it does blur your vision for a few minutes. You continue to use the ointment 3 or 4 times a day for a maximum of 5 days. It doesn''t get to work straight away but after a day or so of using it my eye is always much better. The pain subsides quickly and the swelling comes down significantly after about day two of using it. I have used all sorts of things to help when I get conjunctivitis and this is by far the most effective and I find that it is much better and quicker acting than eye drops are and I wouldn''t go back to using them again now that I use this instead.
The instructions tell you to squeeze out about 1cm into the lower lid where it joins the eye but do not let the nozzle touch any part of your eye. However, the ointment automatically curls back and around the nozzle EVERY TIME! And it's so sticky you have to rub the nozzle against your lid to break it off. One tube is supposed to last both eyes 5 days. With 90% ending up in a tissue and 5% in my eyelashes, it's no surprise that it was all gone in less than 3 days - and I was only using it one one eye!So now it's back to the chemist for something else before the infection flames up again.
Over the past year, for some reason I'm still unsure of, I've had several eye irritations, the most annoying of which have been styes. When I was younger, every few years I might get one tiny, irritating stye, but more recently, if and when I get one, they are much bigger, painful and a big irritation. The last big one I had (a large one that oozed goo overnight!) a few months ago was the one which prompted me to buy some of this Golden Eye ointment, which my mother recommended.
I paid £5.50 for my 4 gram tube from the chemists, as you can buy this over the counter. The tube is very small, so £5.50 is quite a lot, but my mum said this was what she'd always used if she had eye infections or irritations, and that it had always done the job well for her, so I tried it.
To use, you apply the ointment gently to the skin of the infected or irritated area 3 to 4 times a day - the instructions tell you to put it between the lower eyelid and eyeball, you just pull the lower eyelid down a bit, and then as you put the lid back, the cream will naturally spread on the inner eyelids and start to do it's work.
As I as using this for my stye, rather than something like conjunctivitis, I just dabbed a cotton bud of the pale yellow cream onto and around the stye. I also washed all my make up brushes, sharpened eye pencils etc, to get rid of any potential bacteria on there which was causing or could potentially spread the stye.
The ointment was soothing whenever it went on, and the next day, it already felt like my stye was reducing in size, and it was less painful. 3 days later and I could barely see the stye and the pain had gone completely, thanks to the ointment.
The only downsides to Golden Eye ointment are, firstly, that you are advised to throw the tube away after your infection has gone rather than keep it hanging around for future uses, because once open for weeks it could be contaminated with bacteria etc, and it wouldn't be great to put that on your eye. Also you can't use contact lenses for a minimum of 24 hours after finishing your treatment, which could be a pain for some people.
Overall, I found the ointment worked really well on my stye, and although I didn't need to use it for a full blown eye infection, I'd be happy to do so now I'm confident in it's healing abilities. Considering the discomfort my eye was in, I feel that this was worth the money and I'd happily buy it again in cases of eye infection or irritations like styes.
About two years or so ago I started to get eye infections which is something that I had never really had a problem with before other than the usual itchy sore eyes from wearing contacts. One night I went to bed with a really itchy eye and the next morning I woke up with it swollen and double it's normal size.
The tissue surrounding my eye was very tender to the touch and was so swollen that I had trouble seeing out of it. The most roubling ascpet for me was that they were also producing a horrible yellow discharge.
Obviously since I had never had an eye infection of this magnitude before I freaked out a little. After managing to convince the receptionist at the GP surgery to give me an emergency appointment I got in to see my GP who informed me it was a relatively common form of conjunctivitus which would clear up quite quickly with some medication. He wrote me a prescription and away I went to the chemist to collect it.
The prescription was for an ointment called Golden Eye. The ointment comes in a little tube which is only very small weighing 4 grams. You just need to apply the ointment to the eye 3 or 4 times daily and the infection should be cleared up within 5 days.
As my infection was centered around my tear duct I found applying the ointment pretty easy and I just squeezed a little on to a cotton bud and applied. I would be weary to put the actual tube near my eye not only in case it hurt but also in case I happened to spread the infection but the instructions do say to pull your lower eyelid down and apply 1cm of ointment to the space between the lower eyelid and eye.
The ointment is exactly that a thick yellow substance that is definatley more cream than drops and when you put it on your eye and blink a few times the ointment will spread a bit getting to work in fighting the infection. The ointment does cause a little blurring of the eye but I didn't find it stung or caused any other discomfort whatsoever.
I applied the ointment religiously and within the first 24 hours I already noticed an improvement. My eye was still really swollen and tender to the touch but the discharge was most definately less and within a couple of days the swelling started to come down and it no longer looked or felt so painful and tender.
Within the five days my eye had more or less completely cleared up with only a little residual swelling left but the actual infection was gone.
I was amazed with just how effective this ointment was. Although my eye infection was supposed to be quite common it certainly didn't feel or look like it was and I had expected a longer wait before I would see some improvement so I was pleasantly surprised that on day three although I still had the infection I felt I could go out in public again without people staring. It was also really easy to use and side effects for me were absolutely zero.
Even though I had never had an eye infection about six months later I got the exact same thing but this time in the other eye. I didn't bother going to the doctor this time and bought my Golden Eye ointment direct from the pharmasists instead and again it cleared up the infection in a speedy time.
A tube of Golden eye ointment will set you back around £5.50 for a 4g tube but this small tube will be more than enough to deal with an infection. You are supposed to discard the tube after your course so make sure you do as you don't want anything that has been opened for weeks or months near your eye.
The active ingredient is: 1% Chloramphenicol and you must not use the ointment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You must also not use contact lenses for at least 24 hours after you have finshed your course of treatment.
In the past and for many years I have always used Optrex eye drops and their very useful eye bath system for treating eye infections. I stumbled upon the Golden Eye Ointment online after reading some positive opinions of the product. I suppose you could say I am now doing my bit in returing my opinions from my experience of the product.
Although i have used Optrex in the past, I gave the Golden Eye treatment a try because although I could cope well with taking eye drops and using the eye bath, it is never a great feeling and I just fancied a change to see what else there was out there. The 4 gram tube that the Golden Eye Ointment comes in lasts a long time, and although I havn't used a full tube yet, I have owned this tube for a while and am less than a quarter of the way through it. The instructions advise that you apply about 1cm of the ointment to the affected eye and to do this 3 or 4 times a day.
The ingredients to this product are very simple, Liquid paraffin, wool fat and yellow soft paraffin, the active ingredient being Chloramphenicol. The packaging also suggests the product 'is for acute bacterial conjunctivitis.' It can also be used for minor eye infections and irritations. I find the ointment a little easier to apply than the drops, as it can sometimes be difficult to apply the drops. As I hardly get eye infections, when using the drops it is something you are never prepared for, and the ointment is in my opinion more effective. Although I havn't had a serious eye infection, I have had ones that have lasted a number of days, and by using the ointment I can be sure that the treatment is getting to the right area.
I wouldn't put anybody off using the Golden Eye Ointment, especially if you are not too keen on using eye drops or the eye bath. A lot of eye infections get left due to the problems with treatment, but this is your sight we are talking about, so it is certainly worth taking seriously. The ointment is a little runny, which ensures it is simple to apply and I for one won't be rushing back to using eye drops after my experience of this product.
I got conjunctivitis and with a friend's advice started using camomile washes. It was getting better in the first two days of the washes, but not as fast as I wanted, so I went and Bought the GoldenEye ointment... On the second day of using the ointment my eye got worse than it was in the beginning. On the packed it says if it doesn't get better within two days, discontinue use.... basically it was a waste of money for me! I am going back to a good old camomile treatment.
I did not fine this product very good at all. The consistency is waxy which means it does not sit properly in a watery eye and It just slipped right out of my eye and made my face very greasy! I used more of the product than was necessary as it kept washing out of my eye and so it cost to much for what it did. It also meant I ran out after three days so my infection did not clear up. I think drops work alot better and this stuff really is a con! Would not recommend!
I had the luxury of having contracted conjunctivitis a month ago and needed an over the counter remedy. My girlfriend brought this back for me and quickly demanded the sum of £4.99, which I thought was a fairly reasonable price and I quickly set to work to mend my broken eye.
The first thing I noticed is that it got to work fairly quickly. By the end of the next day the results were noticeable. I think this is the main benefit. I like something which shows noticeable results as soon as possible and this certainly provided that.
Another benefit is the way it settles into your eye. With some remedies, it can leave your eye blurry for quite a while afterwards while it works itself in. This got to work straight away and the haziness lasts for a couple of minutes at the most. This is a benefit as it doesn't inconvenience you too much and lets you get on with your day and business shortly after rather than leave you staggering around reaching for things helplessly.
It's also got detailed instructions and friendly packaging explaining how to apply and all the things you need to know about it. It's handy to have this information incase anything goes wrong, or if there's anything that you're unsure about.
Furthermore, I do find that the applicator is quite handy, the applicator is designed so that it shoots a small stream of ointment out so you can get the maximum amount out straight into the eye and have the maximum effect.
That does bring me onto a downside though which is that you do have to push and squeeze quite hard in order to get the ointment out. This can be a little bit frustrating when you already have limited sight as it is and just making the cream a little bit easier to get out would be a huge bonus and make the situation easier.
Also, it can be a little messy. The cream is greasy and can leave you feeling with a greasy eye for sometime afterwards. This is just something I've noticed from trying other remedies in the past, but then again it does the job well so it's a small price to pay for something that works well.
Overall this is a great product, it can be messy to apply, and a pain to get out of the tube, but when it gets down to work it does the job, and it does it well meaning that the eye gets better quickly and you can carry on with day to day tasks sooner.
A while ago I got a minor problem with one of my eyes. I developed a lump on the inner lid of my eyelid that felt sore and sharply painful so I popped to the chemist to see what they could offer. The pharmicist had a quick look at the lump, which wasn't very visible but felt huge to me, and declared I had a small infected cyst that would benefit from some of this Golden Eye Ointment. I bought a tube for about £4.50 and came away humming Bond theme songs.
The tube is small, only 5g in size and it comes in a cardboard box with a larger piece of cardboard sticking out of the back that shows the eye you can see in the picture above. The active ingredient is dibrompropamidine isetionate which is an antiseptic and the leaflet tells us this ointment is used for conjunctivitis or blepharitis which is inflammation of the eyelid. If you have an allergy to the ingredients you obviously can't use this product and if you are pregnant, breast feeding or on any other medication you must tell the pharmacist but otherwise there are not many people who can't use this, even children can apparently.
Side effects are listed as possible allergic reactions such as itching and redness of the eyes and if this happens you must stop using the product and tell your pharmacist or GP, especially if your vision becomes impaired.
The tube has a screw lid and a pointed nozzle with a hole in it to squeeze the ointment out. It says to discard after 4 weeks of opening and to keep out of the reach of children. This I'm sure is so children don't eat it not because it's dangerous in their eyes.
So onto the ointment. To apply this you wash your hands then pull down the lower lid and squeeze half an inch onto your inner lower lid. Close your eyes and it mixes with the upper lid too so it covers both. The ointment is clear and squeezes out easily. The small tube and nozzle make it simple to hit the right area. Once it's in your eye and you've got it closed it suddenly feels like a big blob of vaseline! When you open your eyes it's like you've got a film of vaseline over the eye you've applied it to and vision is blurry for a few minutes while you blink and clear it off the eyeball itself. Driving would not be advisable for a few minutes as it really does mess up your vision!
After a few minutes your sight starts to clear again and the ointment settles into the inner lids. It does still feel greasy though and if you touch near your eye you will find an oily layer on the skin. For this reason it isn't a great idea to wear make up when using this, the oil will remove it and of course it could go into your eye and make matters worse so no slap girls!
The oiliness remains the whole time you are using this ointment and as you apply it morning and night you constantly have a wet looking eye. Not very attractive!
I found the first day it made no difference to my sharply painful lump and I was still squinting alot but by the second day I started to notice a big improvement. The pharmacist told me if it hadn't gone in 3 days to go to my GP so I was hoping to avoid this. By the end of the second day my eye just felt gritty and a little bit achey but the sharpness had gone. By day three it was completely painless and the lump was well on its way to disappearing. The lump itself took a few more days to completely go but the pain didn't return once I stopped using the ointment after day 3. It worked brilliantly for me and got rid of a painful problem quickly.
However, my partner got a cyst in his eyelid and decided to buy some of this but he left it for a week or so before he bought any and it didn't work for him so I would say you have to use it as soon after the onset of problems as possible for it to be effective.
Overall I'm very pleased with this ointment, it may look messy and feel greasy but it does the job in a couple of days if you use it promptly. It's a bit of a waste to have a 5g tube that you only use for a few days though, lots gets wasted because you have to throw it away after 4 weeks. I think it could do with being smaller. That's my only gripe though and as it worked I'm giving it 5 stars.
For acute bacterial conjunctivitis - Golden EyeAntibiotic 1% w/w Chloramphenicol Eye OintmentChloramphenicolbelongs to a group of medicines called antibiotics, which are used forinfections caused by bacteria / Chloramphenicol eye ointment is forsimple eye infections called 'acute bacterial conjunctivitis' / This issometimes known as 'red-eye' because the white part of the affectedeye(s) will be red and/or the eyelid(s) will be red and swollen / Theremay also be a sticky discharge which can make the eye difficult to openin the morning, and the eye may feel 'gritty' or irritated.Instructions for usePlace a small amount of ointment (about 1cm) in the space between the lower eye lid and the eyeA course of treatment lasts 5 daysApply to each affected eye 3 to 4 times a day; about every 4-6 hoursIngredientsActive ingredient: Chloramphenicol 1% w/w / Other ingredients: Liquid paraffin, wool fat, yellow soft paraffin.