Antiviral Eye Ointment - Treatment for Viral Infections

Antiviral eye ointment is a medication applied to the eyes to treat viral eye infections such as herpes simplex. It helps reduce viral replication and inflammation in the eyes.
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Available by prescription from healthcare providers or eye specialists
Prepared by Shruti Sahoo, reviewed by Dr. Eugene Smith

Antiviral Eye Ointment FAQ

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What antiviral agents are available for viral eye disease?

This article provides an overview of what antiviral agents are available for these conditions, detailing their regimen and evidence that supports their use. Aciclovir – either as topical eye ointment or systemic tablets – is still the first-line antiviral in the treatment of many viral eye diseases around the world, including here in Nepal.

What is Zovirax eye ointment?

Zovirax eye ointment is specially formulated to treat inflammation of the front of the eye (cornea) caused by infection with the herpes simplex virus. This serious infection is called herpes simplex keratitis. The ointment should be applied five times a day, at approximately four-hourly intervals.

What is aciclovir eye ointment used for?

Aciclovir eye ointment is used to treat eye infections caused by the herpes simplex virus. It works by interfering with the growth of the virus and this stops the infection. Aciclovir is more commonly used in a cream to treat cold sores (canker sores) around the lips and mouth. For more information on this read the leaflet for Aciclovir cream.

Can steroid eye drops be used with antiviral eye ointment?

In addition to the antiviral eye ointment or drops, your specialist may add in some steroid eye drops. This helps to reduce inflammation. Note: steroid eye drops must only be used under close supervision of an eye specialist. He or she will prescribe the correct strength and dose in conjunction with antiviral treatment.

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