GENERIC NAME: IDOXURIDINE - OPHTHALMIC (eye-dox-YOU-rid-een, off-THAL-mick)
USES: This medication is used to treat herpes simplex keratitis, an infection that causes inflammation of the cornea of the eye.
HOW TO USE: Use this medication as prescribed. Continue using it for the full time prescribed. Stopping therapy too soon may result in a reinfection. To apply eye medication, wash hands first. To avoid contamination, be careful not to touch the dropper or tube or let it touch the affected area. Hold the ointment tube in your hand for a few minutes to make the medication flow easier. Tilt your head back, gaze upward and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. For the drops, place dropper directly over the eye and administer the prescribed number of drops. Look downward and gently closes your eye for 1 to 2 minutes. With eye ointment, place medication inside the lower lid using a sweeping motion. Close eye and roll the eyeball. Remove excess ointment with a tissue. Try not to blink and do not rub the eye. If you are using another kind of eye medication, wait five to ten minutes before applying it.
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