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Antibiotic Eye Drops Medication
On prescription: There are many eyedrops with antibiotic characteristics. These are not over the counter items and that is because they should only be used after an ophthalmologist has determined whether an infection is present and what might be the best treatment. So if you suspect your eye is infected, see a doctor first. ...Read more
Multiple choices: Many topical antibiotics are used regularly, including: sulfacetamide sodium, gentamicin, tobramycin, erythromycin ointment, moxifloxacin, gatifloxacin, trimethoprim-sulfmethoxizole, and so on. Pink-eye may be bacterial, but also can be viral, allergic, or due to another cause. Only a qualified ophthalmologist can tell the right cause and appropriate treatment. See an eyeMD. ...Read more
I'm on the third day of using antibiotic eye drops for pink eye and it still looks horrible. Normal to take this long to get better?
Yes.: Pink eye is usually viral and takes it normal run of 10 days. People panic and change drs. The lucky dr sees u on day 7 or 8 and no matter what he or she prescribes you will be well in 48 hrs and the dr. Becomes a hero. Stick with the original doctor call him and let him know how you are progressing. ...Read more
Have an exam: Probably not prudent to use old bottle of drops, or drops intended for another person, to treat what you may believe is "pinkeye". Old bottles may be contaminated or expired. Some of the preparations have steroids in them, and you can cause some serious damage if you are potentially treating the wrong condition. Best to be examined by an eye md for accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Dry eye treatment: The reason your eyes are only responding to the antibiotic drops is the fact that there may be an infectious or inflammatory component to your eye symptoms. The antibiotics are treating that, helping your eyes feel better. Eventually, if you continue having dry eye symptoms, then optive (or other artificial tears) are the best drops to use chronically. Follow-up with your eye doctor not better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My daughter is 4 1/2 months old and has a watery one eye. The doc at her 8 week check up gave her antibiotic eye drops but it’s not clearing. I massage the corners and wipe it with warm cloth but they still get crusty?
My eyes are puffy itchy sting and sticky had these symptoms on and off for around a year I use antibiotic eye drops it clears up but return what is it?
I tried to say i had a probe done & tear duct is not blocked. It was suggested i try antibiotic for a mo. But i'm leary. What else besides eye drops?
Got conjunctivitis. Was given antibiotic eye drops a week ago. Light sensitivity and pain went away quickly but blurriness remains. Should i worry?
Get checked: You need to get checked to ensure nothing else is going on. ...Read more
I'm being treated for corneal ulcers. Been feeling nauseated and run down. Is this a normal symptom? Only using antibiotic eye drops.
No: You should discuss this with your primary care doctor. It is not likely related to the treatment of your corneal ulcers. ...Read more
My vision is blurry after getting over conjunctivitis -- is this normal? its been 15 days and even sometimes i am using eye drops. Doctor gave me Zylopred antibiotic
Not normal: call your physician for a referral to a board certified ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Which is a stronger antibiotic eye drop? Tobramycin eye drops or Cypro (Ciprofloxacin) eye drops?
Depends on the infec: Either one depends on what the infection is and what anabiotic it is sensitive to. ...Read more
I have a painless hard lump in my eyelid that hasn't gone away with antibiotic eye drops, or occasional heat compresses. What could this be?
Probable chalazion: a chalazion is caused by inflammation in meibomian glands. Initial treatment consists of warm compresses to the area for 5 minutes 4 times a day,along with lid scrubs.If this doesn't solve the problem,then drops(azasite) can be prescribed.Surgical removal is available if all else fails. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have red eye more than 1 week without any help with antibiotic eye drops. What other underlying causes of red eye other than conjunctivitis?
Viral: Majority of pink eyes or conjunctivitis are viral, therefore they have to run their course usually 10-14 days. Antibiotics alone won't make any difference. Antibiotics and mild steroids given under opththalmologists care can decrease the redness. But either way it will there for the full course of it. If only one eye is red then there are many more dx:, iritis, foreign body, to name a couple. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will the antibiotic maxitrol (dexamethasone neomycin and polymyxin) eye drops lessen the effectiveness of birth control?
Would the antibiotic maxitrol (dexamethasone neomycin and polymyxin) eye drops lessen the effectiveness of my birth control?
Can I use eye drops to treat the redness from pink eye? I'm using an antibiotic cream from my doctor to cure my pink eye, but it doesn't treat the redness. Is it safe to use visine or something similar to make my eyes less bloodshot?
During : During the course of response to an infection the eyes will become red from dilated blood vessels responding to the inciting agent. Any use of drops to get rid of the red may at times irritate and burn the eye more on application and may have a contra-effect. I recommend using less irritating preservative-free artificial tears such as refresh to help improve the redness. This will be a slow but less irritating process. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have bacterial pink eye. I just started my antibiotic eye drops yesterday. It's called tobramycin ophthalmic. Can I drink alcohol while on the eye d?
Yes: As long as it's a new bottle; i.e., sterile. Also, do not use the drops exactly at the same time. Wait 5 minutes in between drops so you don't wash one right out from the other. ...Read more
Amoxicillin for bronchitis/sinus infctn have what seems to be clogged tear duct. Will that anitibiotic help clear or do I need medicated eye drops?
Sharp pain right eye 2 weeks ophthalmologist eye drops & anti biotics steroid, I have bad pain around right , eye, cheeck? No sinus problem what to d
Hi i went to the doctor because i woke up and my right eye was red and she sai pink eye an i was prescribed abtibiotic eye drops. I used them an now 2 days later my eye seems to be better yet i woke up and my left ear is clogged and feels like pressure in
No, it was recommended that i take a certain oral antibiotic for a mo. To increase something in eye. L now use refresh optive advanced eyedrops?
I was diagnosed with a corneal ulcer and have been on antibiotic eyedrops it feels almost 100 better and I see the eye dctor again in a week can I wear my contacts for short periods of time mostly driving because it is very difficult for me to see in my g
No, No, No!!: Do not put your contacts in, even for a short period of time until the cornea is completely healed. You should feel fortunate that you ulcer is getting better. Some corneal ulcers can result in corneal perforation and loss of an eye. Don't push your luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Should i take my 18 month old to the doctor now? 7 days ago i took him to the ER for pink eye in both eyes. They gave him eyedrops and an oral antibiotic. He seemed to be getting better for a few days, although he was still congested and had a runny nose.
Should I trust this remedy? It says homeopathic eye drops, but the ingredients look like medications!
Be careful: Some labels say "homeopathic" because of dilutions in manufacturing. But these products may not be "homeopathic" to your case -- meaning, individualized specifically to the symptoms that you have. Thus these would not be likely to help you at a deep level -- although the substances in them may be dilute enough not to "harm" you. Most true homeopathic remedies come from substances found in nature. ...Read more
I had an operation to remove a chalazion in 2017.But I have two small ones that are growing. What medication or eye drops can I use to eliminate them?
Warm compresses: A chalazion is a swollen bump on the eyelid and warm compresses 3-5 times daily helps the clogged oil gland to open and drain. If your chalazion is very swollen, your ophthalmologist may give you cortisone to decrease the swelling and may prescribe an antibiotic if there is an infection. So I suggest seeing your ophthalmologist for an exam. ...Read more
No: Astigmatism results from asymmetric curvature of the cornea. Influenced by variety of factors, including size and shape of the eyeball, position of eyelids, bone structure around eye, age, stiffness of cornea, use of contact lenses, even excessive eye rubbing or pressure on the eyeball at night from sleeping face down. Usually vision correctable w glasses, contacts or lasik. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have dry eye, is there a medication I can ask for to help my eyes produce their own tears? I'd prefer not to use eye drops constantly.
What is the cause?:
Dry eyes are a symptom. There are different reasons for this. Depending on the cause of the dry eyes there may or may not be a different medication.
Follow up with the prescriber. Eyes can be difficult to assess over the internet as we cannot do acuity testing.
Due to this limitation, I do not prescribe for the eyes online for best practices. ...Read more
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