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Can you buy eye drops for conjunctivitis over the counter

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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
"Pink eye": There are many causes for a red eye, including trauma, eye disease ( glaucoma, retinal detachment), allergies, and infection (bacterial or viral). Tre... Read More

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Yang
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Tears : Pink eye typically refers to viral conjunctivitis. It usually affects both eyes and because it is due to a virus, is treated symptomatically with otc ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. ALICIA Almendral
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Antihistamine: You may use zaditor (ketotifen) ophthalmic solution ANS see your doctor the following day.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Purkiss
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
None really: Most "pinkeye" or conjunctivitis is actually viral, so eye drops, including antibiotics, are usually not effective. Viral conjunctivitis tends to run ... Read More
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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
It depends: If you have just a simple bacterial conjunctivitis, i recommend patients use glasses for 1 week following therapy if completely recovered. Also, disp... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Maybe: Flucidic acid antibacterial eye drops are very viscous and may temporarily blurt your vision. It is dosed only twice daily. It's also possible that yo... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
None: All conjunctivitis, bacterial and viral, is self-limiting. This means that they will get better without treatment. The symptoms can be treated, and ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Alexander
Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: Some have preservatives (longer shelf life) and may also irritate the conjunctiva due to sensitivities of individual patients.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
Not much: Usually viral and drops dont help. Should be gone in a week or so, like a cold.
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Conjunctivitis: Viral conjunctivitis can often take up to two weeks to heal and is unresponsive to antibiotics. The body's immune system builds up resistance to the ... Read More

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