Erythromycin ophthalmic ointment- can I use for possible ocular herpes?

No effect. Herpes is a virus for which a particular medication is available for treatment. Erythromycin is an anti-bacterial antibiotic ineffective against viruses. See you ophthalmologist if you suspect ocular herpes as if it is untreated, it can cause permanent vision change.

Related Questions

Can I use erythromycin ophthalmic ointment for possible ocular herpes simplex?

No. Erythromycin is a useful antibiotic effective against susceptible bacteria. It has no action against viruses including the herpes virus. There are very good anti-virals to treat herpes and if you suspect this condition see you ophthalmologist for diagnosis and treatment as herpes untreated can sometimes cause vision to drop. Read more...