Other alternatives to Chloramphenicol Eye Ointment are eye drops. You can combine treatment with eye drops, using them during the day and the ointment before bed. The eye ointment might be preferable to you if you find eye drops difficult to use, though. The ointment is thicker, which means it will stay on your eye for longer than the drops, and you need to use drops every two hours versus just a few times a day with the ointment. However some people find it easier to see after using eye drops, which can cause less disruption to daily life.
You can also get eye drops that contain the same active ingredient, chloramphenicol. There’s a generic (unbranded) version, as well as branded versions like Optrex. There’s no real difference between branded and generic treatments, they’re just made by different companies in different labs. Generic treatments tend to be a little cheaper than branded ones, too.
Other eye drops include Azyter Eye drops, which use the active ingredient azithromycin for a three-day treatment course, and Fusidic Acid eye drops, which you use twice a day for at least one week.