This medication serves to address conditions characterized by inflammation and swelling of the eyes, as well as to manage or prevent bacterial eye infections. It comprises tobramycin, an antibiotic that halts the proliferation of bacteria. It also contains loteprednol, an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid that mitigates swelling, redness, and itching.
Uses and Dosage
If you’re using another type of eye medication, like drops or ointments, wait for at least 5 minutes before applying any additional medications. When using both eye drops and ointments, administer the eye drops first to ensure they penetrate the eye effectively.
Adhere to the prescribed dosage and duration of this medication, and refrain from using it more frequently than directed or for a period exceeding 2 weeks unless specifically instructed by your doctor.
To maximize the benefits of this medication, maintain a regular dosing schedule by applying it at consistent times each day. Even if your symptoms diminish after a few days, continue using the medication for the full duration prescribed. Prematurely discontinuing the medication could permit bacteria to persist and potentially lead to a recurrence of the infection.
To administer the eye drops, the following steps should be followed:
- Thoroughly wash hands with soap and water.
- Do not allow the dropper tip to touch the eye or any other surface, and ensure that it is kept clean.
- Tilt the head back and pull down the lower lid of the eye using the index finger to form a pocket.
- Hold the dropper as close to the eye as possible without making contact, and brace the remaining fingers against the face.
- Squeeze the dropper gently to instill a single drop in the pocket created by the lower eyelid while looking upwards.
- Remove the index finger from the lower eyelid and keep the eye closed for 2-3 minutes while tilting the head down.
- Apply gentle pressure to the tear duct using a finger.
- Use a tissue to wipe off any excess liquid from the face.
- Wash hands to remove any residual medication.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- burning of the eye
- increased sensitivity of the eyes to light
- stinging of the eye
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- blurred vision
- change in vision
- feeling like something is in the eye
- increased pressure in the eye
- loss of vision
- pain or irritation of the clear front part of the eye
- sensitivity of the eyes to light
- blurred vision or seeing blue-green halos around objects
- chest tightness
- decreased vision
- difficulty seeing at night
- discharge from the eye
Prior to using this medication, inform your doctor or pharmacist about any allergies you have, especially if you’re allergic to tobramycin, loteprednol, aminoglycoside antibiotics like gentamicin or neomycin, or corticosteroids such as hydrocortisone or prednisone. This product might also contain inactive components like preservatives that can potentially trigger allergic reactions or other complications.
Before using this medication, share your medical history with your doctor or pharmacist, particularly if you have any other eye conditions, such as glaucoma.
After applying this medication, you may experience temporary blurriness or instability in your vision. As a precaution, refrain from activities that demand clear vision, such as driving or operating machinery, until you can do so safely.
If you are pregnant, use this medication only if it is clearly necessary. Discuss its potential risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is unclear whether this medication passes into breast milk. Prior to breastfeeding, consult your doctor for guidance.
Form and Strength
Zylet is available in the following forms and strengths:
Zylet eye drops:
Can you use Zylet for pink eye?
Zylet can be used to treat pink eye if it’s due to a bacterial infection. Keep in mind that pink eye may also be due to a viral infection, which Zylet won’t be able to treat.
How long should Zylet be used for?
Zylet is used for various eye problems, so there is no set amount of time for how long you should use this medication.