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Chloramphenicol 1% Eye Ointment

*The brand supplied may vary. Please contact us if you require a specific brand.

Chloramphenicol 1% Eye Ointment (4g)

Order before 3pm for delivery from Tue. 27 Oct and Wed. 28 Oct.

Product Information

  • Age: 2

    Maximum per order: 2

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

Acute conjunctivitis is a bacterial infection known as 'red eye', with symptoms including reddening of the white part of the eye and a sticky discharge appearing in the eye in the mornings. This and other eye infections can be treated with the antibiotic ointment Chloramphenicol.

Antibiotics such as Chloramphenicol work by preventing bacteria from growing. As such, this medication is only effective in treating bacterial eye infections. It will have no effect on other kinds of eye infections.

Chloramphenicol is an example of a broad-spectrum antibiotic, meaning it will be effective against a variety of different infections caused by different types of bacteria.

The way Chloramphenicol stops growth of bacteria is by stopping the bacteria from producing essential proteins. These proteins are necessary for the bacteria to reproduce. Thus, use of Chloramphenicol limits bacteria population growth, allowing the immune system to kill off all of the bacteria before they can reproduce.

To combat infections such as bacterial conjunctivitis, Chloramphenicol is applied directly into the eye where the bacteria causing the infection are located.

Both Chloramphenicol products, eye drops and eye ointment, can be used together. When using both products, eye drops should be applied during the day, and the eye ointment should be applied before sleeping. The course of this treatment is five days.

  • Do not use Chloramphenicol eye drops or eye ointment for more than five days without consulting a doctor.
  • If symptoms do not improve within two days of using Chloramphenicol, consult a doctor.
  • If another eye infection appears during a course of Chloramphenicol, consult a doctor.
  • If symptoms worsen during a course of Chloramphenicol, seek medical advice immediately.
  • Always finish a course of Chloramphenicol unless instructed otherwise by a doctor. If the course is not completed, the chance of the infection coming back and growing resistent to antibiotics raises dramatically.
  • Avoid making contact between the eye drops dropper or the eye ointment tube tip with any surface, including eyes. This is to avoid contamination of the medicine.
  • There is no need to refrigerate Chloramphenicol eye ointment.
*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

While using this medicine, do not use contact lenses. Ask a doctor before re-using contact lenses that were used before an eye infection, and ensure they are properly sterilized.

Wash hands before applying eye ointments. Avoid touching the eye or the tip if the ointment tube. Tilting the head backwards, gently pull down the lower eyelid. Apply a 1 centimeter drip of ointment into the pouch presented on the lower eyelid. After application, close the eye and move the eyeball in all directions to spread the ointment all over the eye. Avoid rubbing the eye or blinking.

If the other eye needs treatment too, repeat these steps. Eye ointment should be used as often as suggested by a doctor. After use, the tip of the tube should be wiped down with a tissue to remove any excess medicine.

If using other eye medicines, wait at least five minutes between each application. Any eye drops should be used before eye ointments.

To experience the greatest benefit from this medicine, it should be used regularly. Use this medicine at the same time(s) of day to keep a memorable routine. Always use this medicine for the full prescribed course. If the condition of the eye gets worse, consult a doctor.

Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Chloramphenicol eye ointment, however if you do they can include:

Burning or stinging around the eye.

If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

The active ingredients contained in Chloramphenicol eye ointment is:

Chloramphenicol ointment 1%

Chloramphenicol eye ointment also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:

Liquid paraffin and white soft paraffin as excipients

Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.

Do not use Chloramphenicol eye ointment if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in this product, you wear any type of contact lenses or you, or anyone in your family have had blood or bone marrow problems.

Take special care with Chloramphenicol eye ointment if you;

  • Have visual disturbances
  • You have severe pain in the eye
  • You are sensitive to light
  • If you eye is inflamed and you have a rash on your face or scalp
  • Your eye looks cloudy
  • The black or coloured part of the eye looks unusual
  • You have a foreign body in the eye
  • You have an eye infection that keeps reocurring
  • The pressure in your eye is raised
  • You have dry eyes
  • You have an eye injury or eye Surgery
  • You are currently using any other eye drops or ointment
  • You are pregnant or planning a family or are breast feeding
  • You are taking other medicines
  • You have problems with your blood (in particular very low numbers of blood cells) after taking chloramphenicol.

Please tell your Doctor or Pharmacist if you are applying any other type of eye drops or eye ointment before you start to use this medicine.

Please tell your Doctor or Pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without any prescription.

If you are taking any of the following medicines then you need to tell your doctor

  • Methotrexate and other cancer medicines
  • Medicines for the immune system such as azathioprine.

If you have blurred vision after using Chloramphenicol eye ointment, don’t operate machinery. Wait until this clears before driving or using machines.

Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 3 - 5 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 3 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email and in your account.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.



DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

Need to know more about Eye Infections?

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Published on: 15-09-2016

Last modified on: 15-09-2018

Dr Don Grant is a GP with over 30 years experience and is the Clinical Advisor at The Independent Pharmacy

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Reviewed on: 15-09-2020

Next review date: 15-09-2022

Andy is a co-founder, the superintendent pharmacist and director at The Independent Pharmacy.

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