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What are some good antibiotic eye drops i can use?

What are some good antibiotic eye drops i can use?

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

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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How long after starting antibiotic eye drops can I use mascara?

How long after starting antibiotic eye drops can I use mascara?

When clear: Wait until eye infection has cleared before restarting. In some cases it is best to throw out old stuff in case of contamination. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to wear my contacts while using antibiotic eye drops?

Is it possible for me to wear my contacts while using antibiotic eye drops?

Probably not: We always recommend that any patient with an active eye infect not wear any contact lenses while on rx. ...Read more

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My vision is blurred when I put in antibiotic ointment. Can I rinse out with eye drops?

My vision is blurred when I put in antibiotic ointment. Can I rinse out with eye drops?

Ok: But you may be washing out the ointment and decreasing its effectiveness. Why not ask your ophthalmologist to switch you to a drop. ...Read more

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Can I use OTC eye drops along with the RX antibiotic eye drops? Eyes are dry and irritated.

Can I use OTC eye drops along with the RX antibiotic eye drops? Eyes are dry and irritated.

Yes: Lubricating eye drops can be used in between medicated eye drop doses to help relieve dryness and irritation. Instilling both types of drops close together in time may decrease the efficacy of the antibiotic drop due to dilution. ...Read more

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What is the name of the antibiotic eye drops used to treat pink eye?

What is the name of the antibiotic eye drops used to treat pink eye?

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

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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?

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

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Help! can antibiotic eye drops be used in the ear?

Help! can antibiotic eye drops be used in the ear?

Not formulated : Eye drops are formulated for eye surface ; labeled as such. Otic (ear) drops same thing. I would not use except as prescribed. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use antibiotic eye drops if I think I have pink eye?

Is it safe to use antibiotic eye drops if I think I have pink eye?

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

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My dry eyes are only responding well to antibiotic eye drops but not panatol and optive?

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 more

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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?

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?

There are many eye: Drops, some are made for a certain type of tearing and dry eye problems. You need to get the type of eye drop that will treat your condition. Antibiotic drops are not the answer. Ultimately you should consider Restasis eye drops. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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Will the antibiotic maxitrol (dexamethasone neomycin and polymyxin) eye drops lessen the effectiveness of birth control?

Will the antibiotic maxitrol (dexamethasone neomycin and polymyxin) eye drops lessen the effectiveness of  birth control?

No: Maxitrol (dexamethasone neomycin and polymyxin) has a steroid in it, so use it with caution. However, very little actually enters your blood stream so it shouldn't affect birth control. ...Read more

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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? .

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?

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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 more

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Will antibiotic maxitrol (dexamethasone neomycin and polymyxin) eye drops lessen the effectiveness of my birth control pills?

Unlikely: Maxitrol (dexamethasone neomycin and polymyxin) is a combination antibiotic/anti-inflammatory medication applied topically to the eye for infections and irritations of the eyelids and ocular surface. It is not significantly absorbed into the systemic circulation. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use clear eyes eyedrops while using antibiotic drops?

Is it safe to use clear eyes eyedrops while using antibiotic drops?

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

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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

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 more

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Medication for pinkeye besides eye drops?

Local drops: Usually the drops will cure the eye problem. Very rare to have to use systemic medication. ...Read more

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Should I trust this remedy? It says homeopathic eye drops, but the ingredients look like medications!

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

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Are there any medications or eye drops that improve astigmatism?

Are there any medications or eye drops that improve astigmatism?

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 more

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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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Are ofloxacin eye drops safe for my four month old son ? What is this medication used for ? Thank you for your time :)

Are ofloxacin eye drops safe for my four month old son ? What is this medication used for ? Thank you for your time :)

Antibiotic: In the pediatric population, Ofloxacin eye drops are used to treat bacterial keratitis and severe bacterial conjunctivitis involving susceptible organisms. However, i can't find any evidence for the indication or use of Ofloxacin eye drops in children less than a year of age. Please see a pediatrician, perhaps one who specializes in treatment of ophthalmic (eye) problems. ...Read more

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