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What is Tobrex Eye Ointment?

Tobrex Eye Ointment is made up of an antibiotic called tobramycin. We carry both the brand choice and generic alternative of this medication in 0.30%!

Tobrex Eye Ointment is used for the treatment of bacterial infections of the eye. This includes bacterial infections of the respiratory system (like acute otitis media (AOM) or diphtheria), skin (like boils or impetigo), ears, and sexually transmitted diseases (like chlamydia or gonorrhea). This medication will not help viral or fungal infections.

Tobrex Eye Ointment (tobramycin) is effective at treating bacterial infections because as an antibiotic, Tobrex Eye Ointment is able to stop the growth of the bacteria causing the infection. This will allow the immune system to fight the infection faster and easier.

Make sure to follow the directions given to you by your doctor. To prevent further spreading of bacteria, ensure you; wash your hands before and after each use; do not touch the tip of the tube; this includes touching it to objects as well as yourself.

Use this medication for the full prescribed amount, even if you feel your infection has healed. Stopping this treatment too soon can cause the infection to come back or allow for resistance (troubles treating the infection).

Store at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and children.

How to administer ointment:

  • Tilt your head back
  • Look upward
  • Form a pouch by pulling down on your lower eye lid
  • Squeeze the tube gently to allow 1/3 of an inch (1-cm) strip of the ointment into the eye
  • Look down and gently close your eyes for 1 – 2 minutes
  • Roll your eye in circular motion to ensure medication is event spread into the eye


Do not use Tobrex Eye Ointment (tobramycin)

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to tobramycin, or if you have a viral or fungal infection in your eye. Do not use this product on a baby aged 0-2 months.

Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required

Tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergy to antibiotics such as amikacin, gentamicin, kanamycin, neomycin, streptomycin, or vancomycin.


The effects of this medication have not been established in unborn babies. Speak with your doctor about using this medication while pregnant before starting treatment.

Tobrex Eye Ointment may pass into breast milk and has potential to harm a nursing infant. Do not breast feed while using this medication.

Side Effects

Common side effects of Tobrex Eye Ointment (tobramycin) may include:

eye itching or redness; mild burning, stinging, or irritation; itchy or puffy eyelids; blurred vision; or your eyes may be more sensitive to light.

The above side effects should not alarm you.

Serious side effects of Tobrex Eye Ointment (tobramycin) may include:

severe burning, stinging, or irritation after using this medicine; or eye swelling, redness, severe discomfort, crusting or drainage (may be signs of infection).

If you have any of the above side effects or, contact your doctor right away.

Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.


What is Tobramycin?

Tobramycin is derived from Streptomyces tenebrarius, a type of bacterium, to form an aminoglycoside antibiotic. It is sold under the brand-name Tobrex Eye Ointment and contains 0.30% of Tobramycin. It is administered directly to the eye, usually 2-3 times per day or as directed by your doctor. This medication is available at My Drug Center as both the brand and generic product to those with a valid prescription.


What is Tobramycin used for?

Since Tobramycin is an ophthalmic antibiotic, it is used for bacterial infections of the eye to help improve the healing process. Antibiotics are drugs which can slow or stop the growth of bacteria. This particular antibiotic is most effective against Pseudomonas, a common genus of bacteria, and gram-negative infections. Pink eye is one example of a bacterial infection which can be treated with Tobramycin (Tobrex Eye Ointment).

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