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A 21-year-old female asked:

I went to a minute clinic as well as called my doctor for conjunctivitis in one eye. they prescribed me two different treatments (tobramycin drops) and erythromycin ointment). which should i take?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
Ophthalmology 41 years experience
Probably neither: Conjunctivitis is usually a viral disease and non of these antibiotics help. You may use just one of them not both. Tobramycin 3x daily no more than 10 days.
Dr. George Yanik
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
not every red eye is infected and needs antibiotics, please see an eye care professional
Jul 16, 2021
Dr. Andrew Doe
Radiology - Interventional 21 years experience
Only one: Only one or the other, not both. Your doctor knows you best, and if you are following-up with him/her, then use what they prescribed.
Dr. Alan Jackson
Addiction Medicine 31 years experience
No need for ointment, it is a good antibiotic but it blurs the vision substanially during treatment
Apr 23, 2013
Dr. Richard Hector
Ophthalmology 10 years experience
Both: Use the drops during the day, three times a day, and the ointment at night.

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