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You have hit the nail right on the head....it is not the antibiotic component of the topical ointment that is the cause of the recommendation not to use it in the eye but rather the inert ingredients
And those ingredients are damaging to the eye??
I'm trying to understand what exactly the danger is, particularly if one were to apply Neosporin topically near the eye and have some of it get into one's eye.
There is really no extreme danger.....however, the pH is not correct for the eye and, over time, the topical ointment may cause damage to the corneal epithelium.
It really is best to use the ophthalmic ointment....however if you are stranded in the jungle and all you have is the topical stuff....well, go ahead and use it.
Ok. Thank you very much for your help and information.