Hydrocortisone eye ointment: features of application and indications for treatment

Hydrocortisone eye ointment- a medicinal product used in the therapy of inflammatory eye diseases. It has a pronounced anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory effect. Cases of overdose of hydrocortisone ointment with topical application are found, but very rarely. Read more about the indications for medication, contraindications, precautions and possible side effects in this material. Please note that in children under 18 years of age, hydrocortisone ointment is not prescribed. The form of the release is tubes of 3 and 5 g.


  • 1Description of the preparation
  • 2Pharmacological action and group
  • 3Indications and contraindications
  • 4Possible complications
  • 5Video
  • 6conclusions

Description of the preparation

Hydrocortisone ointment is a broad-spectrum preparation that is used in ophthalmology for the treatment of inflammatory eye diseases.It has a pronounced anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effect.

The main active substance of the ointment is hydrocortisone acetate (a group of glucocorticosteroids)

Hydrocortisone has an anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effect.

The form of release - ointment in tubes of 3 and 5 g. Each packing comes with an instruction. The main active substance of the drug is hydrocortisone acetate (a group of glucocorticosteroids). Auxiliary substances - methylparaben (nipagin), petroleum jelly.

Pharmacological action and group

The active substance of the drug is hydrocortisone acetate- has a pronounced anti-inflammatory and antiallergic effect. It has a direct effect on cellular infiltrates, reducing the migration rate of leukocytes and lymphocytes to the area of ​​inflammation. As a result, cell, subcellular membranes are stabilized, membranes of mast cells are restored, the binding of immunoglobulins to receptors on the cell surface decreases, the synthesis processes are inhibited cytokines.Hydrocortisone acetate reduces the severity of early immune response, has an antimetabolic effect, prevents scarring.

Hydrocortisone acetate slows the migration of lymphocytes and leukocytes to the area of ​​inflammation.

Hydrocortisol stabilizes the cellular, subcellular membranes,

In intraocular fluid through the eye socket hydrocortisone ointment penetrates poorly - it only gets into the epithelium of the mucosa and epidermis, in small amounts can be absorbed into the systemic bloodstream. The active substance is metabolized in the epithelium of the mucosa, the epidermis, then its small amount that enters the systemic bloodstream is metabolized in the liver cells. In the blood, hydrocortisone acetate binds to albumins and transcoritin.

Indications and contraindications

Hydrocortisone eye ointment is prescribed for the following pathologies of the visual organs:

  • blepharitis;
  • dermatitis of the eyelids;
  • conjunctivitis;
  • keratoconjunctivitis;
  • inflammatory processes in the anterior parts of the eye (the main condition for successful treatment is the absence of damage to the corneal epithelium);
  • chemical and thermal burns (ointment can be used only after healing of corneal defects).

Contraindications include hypersensitivity to the components of the drug, the presence of purulent, viral, fungal, tuberculosis, eye diseases, glaucoma or trachoma. During vaccination from the application of hydrocortisone ointment is better to refuse, it is not used during pregnancy and lactation, at the age of 18 years.

Strictly observe the order of application of the remedy - enter into the conjunctival bag one centimeter of ointment 2-3 times a day. The maximum course of treatment is usually two weeks.

Possible complications

In some cases, the use of hydrocortisone ointment causes allergic reactions, burning sensation, injected sclera, oddity of visual perception. If you use it for more than ten days, intraocular pressure may increase, which ultimately leads to the development ofsteroid glaucoma or subcapsular cataract.Also, prolonged treatment with the drug may cause the development of secondary bacterial infections.

Subcapsular cataract

Overdoses of hydrocortisone ophthalmic ointment are extremely rare. In this case, there is an increase in local side effects.

The use of the drug for more than two weeks leads to active absorption of the main acting substance into the bloodstream, reduce the effectiveness of antihypertensive, oral hypoglycemic formulas, insulin, anticoagulants.Also characteristic for long-term treatment is a decrease in the concentration of praziquantel, salicylates.When combined with cardiac glycosides, digitalis intoxication develops, and with silver preparations - mutual inactivation.



Hydrocortisone ointment in ophthalmology is used to treat inflammatory eye diseases. Absorption of the active substance into the bloodstream is minimal, but it is not recommended to use the drug for longer than two weeks. Also, the medicine is not prescribed for pregnant women, nursing mothers, children under the age of 18.