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can eye drops be used in the ear

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Wolf
40 years experience Ophthalmology
Not formulated : Eye drops are formulated for eye surface ; labeled as such. Otic (ear) drops same thing. I would not use except as prescribed.

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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Eye to ear drops: Hello, we commonly use eye drops in the ear. They are neutral balanced and gentle to the eye thus easy on the ear canal. There are many more options f ... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jay Bradley
17 years experience LASIK Surgery
Yes: Eye drops can be safely used in the ears but not the other way around. Ear drops are not good for the eyes.
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Dr. William Goldstein
30 years experience Ophthalmology
Don't!: Don't ever use drops that are not made for use in the eyes!
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience Ophthalmology
No: Contact lens cleaner and/or disinfectant should not be used as an eye drop. I see no reason it could not be used in the ears, but it would have no t ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Chloramphenicol can rarely cause a fatal aplastic anemia even from eye drops. There are many other antibiotic eye drops available that do not have the ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
44 years experience Ophthalmology
No: The preservatives are often different as are the concentrations of the drug for use in the ear vs. The eye.
A 4-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matt Wachsman
35 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes you can.: But you'd want to have the ear looked at on a fairly regular basis if you are thinking fungal infection.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Yang
26 years experience Ophthalmology
No: Assuming the eye drop is either an antibiotic or a steroid, one drop in the eye should not cause any problems.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin McCannel
29 years experience Retinal Surgery
Good treatment: Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) eye drops happen to be a great and common treatment for otitis externa (outer ear infection).

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