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11.3 Anti-infective eye preparation

Last edited: 20-02-2024

First line drugs Second line drugs Specialist drugs Secondary care drugs


  • A preservative free option (or single unit dose drops) may be prescribed if available for all formulary products listed if clinically necessary, as an alternative option
  • Please ensure that all prescriptions for eye drops clearly state the number of drops, into which eye(s), and the frequency of administration

11.3.1 Antibacterials

Chloramphenicol 1% eye ointment (TLS Green)

Chloramphenicol 0.5% eye drops (TLS Green)

Gentamicin 0.3% eye drops (TLS Green)

Azithromycin 1.5% eye drops (TLS Amber)


Eye Hospital use only:

Erythromycin 0.5% eye ointment (unlicensed) (TLS Red)

Hexamidine eye drops (unlicensed) (TLS Red)

Vancomycin 1.4% eye drops (unlicensed - Special) (TLS Red)

Chlorhexidine 0.02% eye drops (unlicensed) (TLS Red)

Specific indication:

Vancomycin 5% eye drops (unlicensed) (TLS Red)

PHMB (Polyhexamethylene biguanide hydrochloride) eye drops (unlicensed) (TLS Red)

Gentamicin 1.5% eye drops (unlicensed) (TLS Red)

Cefuroxime 5% eye drops (unlicensed) (TLS Red)

Levofloxacin 0.5% eye drops (TLS Red)


Fusidic acid 1% viscous eye drops (TLS Blue)

Amikacin 35mg/mL (unlicensed) (TLS Red)

  • For LASIK (Laser in situ Keratomileusis)


11.3.2 Antifungals

Eye Hospital use only:

Chlorhexidine 0.2% eye drops (unlicensed) (TLS Red)

Voriconazole 1% eye drops (unlicensed Special) (TLS Red)

Amphotericin 0.15% eye drops (unlicensed Special) (TLS Red)


11.3.3 Antivirals

Aciclovir 3% eye ointment (TLS Amber Specialist Recommended)

Ganciclovir eye gel 0.15% (TLS Red)

F3T (Trifluorothymidine) 1% eye drops (unlicensed) (TLS Red)