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Can You Buy Antibiotic Eye Drops Over The Counter
When my eyes feel dry, what is the better choice of over-the-counter eye drops to buy? I don't usually need/wear my glasses everyday/all day.
Non-preservative: Non-preservative-containing eye drops are recommended, but evaluation for underlying cause is important. ...Read more
No: This is a prescriptive only iris dilator. Why would you want to use this without the advice of your ophthalmologist anyway? It is one of the common chair side drops used for diagnosis and occasional treatment. ...Read more
No: They are not available without prescription.Get a more detailed answer ›
None OTC: Sorry, the current eye pressure lowering drops require a prescription. ...Read more
Do over-the-counter eye drops treat Dry eye syndrome or just relief symptoms?, which eye drops do both?
Provide relief: OTC eyedrops supplement what is missing from your natural tears (volume, composition). They are not curative or a treatment of the underlying pathology. There is no actual permanent treatment. Restasis, a prescription drops for dry eyes, eliminates inflammatory causes for low tear flow but it also is not a cure. Dry eyes are chronic with ups and downs depending upon many factors. ...Read more
Is there any over the counter eye drops for pink eye? Or anything I can get at a drug store to make it go away?
"Pink eye": There are many causes for a red eye, including trauma, eye disease (glaucoma, retinal detachment), allergies, and infection (bacterial or viral). Treatment depends on the cause and your primary care doctor can help you sort this out. Over the counter allergy treatments are available, but most causes require Rx, intervention or observation. ...Read more
No: No otc meds can change the color of your sclera. ...Read more
Warm compresses: To the eyeGet a more detailed answer ›
None: Alrex (loteprednol) is a steroid. No steroid is available over the counter as you should be following up with an eye doctor when using them. Alrex (loteprednol) is most commonly used for allergies. There are other allergy medications available over the counter (alaway, zaditor) but they do not work the same way as alrex (loteprednol). ...Read more
My husband works on laptop for 13-14 hours almost daily. Please suggest some over-the-counter eye drops to comfort his computer strained eyes.
Several: As you have discovered, computer work is drying due to low blink rate and the dry atmosphere in offices. Good lubricating drops are helpful. Systane and Refresh are among the best. But always try several others as each individual is different and there may be a "perfect" drop for your husband out there. ...Read more
I am 99% sure I have pink eye. With no time or access to a doctor, what is the best eye drops or cream to get over the counter?
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 preservative-free artificial tears. Problem is that this cannot be self- diagnosed. There are many causes of a red eye, some of which can be quite serious. You need to see an eye md for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Eyes get red, itchy, and swell aggravated. I have tried over-the-counter allergy medicines along with eye drops. Nothing helps. Do I need a eye doctor?
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
Probably not: We always recommend that any patient with an active eye infect not wear any contact lenses while on rx. ...Read more
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
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
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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