How do you put ointment in your eyes after surgery ?

Putting ointment in your eyes

It sounds tricky but there is an easy way to apply ointment in your eyes after surgery.  After a lower eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) when the incision is created behind your eyelid or the transconjunctival approach, Dr. Kotlus prescribes an ointment containing antibiotics or a combination of antibiotics with steroids. These ointments are safe for contact with the surface of the eye.

The tube

The ointment tube will read “ophthalmic use” and it should not be confused with other medications in your house, and special care should be taken to keep it separate from any tubes of super glue!

Using the tube

The tip of the tube should not touch your skin or the surface of the eye.  In a mirror, use your index finger on one hand to gently pull downward on your lower eyelid.  With the tip of the tube near the edge of the eyelid, very carefully squeeze and allow a thin strip of ointment to reach the eyelid; approximately 1/4 inch long.

If the ointment is on the eyelid margin or very close to it, you can then blink several times and it will work its way over the surface of the eye including the incision area.

It is common to use this ointment after cosmetic lower blepharoplasty.  In his Manhattan and Westchester offices in NY, Dr. Kotlus routinely  uses the transconjunctival approach to the lower eyelid fat pads.

The video above shows exactly how the ointment can be applied.

Amazing facts about eyelids

People like to send me unusual medical links.

As a fellowship-trained cosmetic and oculofacial surgeon, I routinely receive articles and YouTube links from patients, friends, colleagues, and family members that would fall under the heading of strange and unusual medical stories.  The stranger the subject, the more eager they seem to share their intrigue.

The eyelids are unique parts of your body.

I collected several facts and links about the eyelids, which are one of several focal points of my cosmetic surgery practice.  Did you know the eyelids have the thinnest skin in the entire body?  Did you know that you can get a tattoo on the surface of your eyelids?  I edited these links into a video of 5 facts which I find astounding- the way that people push their physical limits in this montage speaks for itself…