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A 38-year-old member asked:

is it safe to take redness relief eye drops when you have pink eye?

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Dr. Jay Pepose
Ophthalmology 39 years experience
Probably: Since most pinkeye is caused by adenoviral infection, the use of redness relied eye drops does not treat the underlying cause. While it likely does no harm and the lubrication may be comforting, caution should be taken not to touch your eye or lid with the dropper and potentially spread the infection to the other eye. Also, never share drops with anyone. The virus is very hardy and easy to spread!
Dr. Theodore Wu
Dr. Theodore Wu commented
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
adenovirus can live on a doorknob or faucet handle for 3 weeks.
Oct 12, 2011
Dr. Theodore Wu
Dr. Theodore Wu commented
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Most adult pinkeye is viral in origin; most childhood pinkeye is bacterial in origin
Oct 12, 2011
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Bad idea: These drops will only mask the infection and can result in rebound redness with prolonged use. Use chilled artificial tears in addition to any other drop deemed necessary by your doctor.

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