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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?

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

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the thin mucous membrane that lines the front surface of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. As the inflammation increases, it causes tiny blood vessels to dilate, thus leading to a ...Read more


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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?

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

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Which over-the-counter eye drop can I use for conjunctivitis?

Which over-the-counter eye drop can I use for conjunctivitis?

None really: Most "pinkeye" or conjunctivitis is actually viral, so eye drops, including antibiotics, are usually not effective. Viral conjunctivitis tends to run it's course in 7-10 days. It can be very contagious, spreading from one eye to the other or to other people. Hand washing is essential. To be certain it is not a more serious bacterial or fungal infection, you should see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Can some eye drops exacerbate your conjunctivitis?

Can some eye drops exacerbate your conjunctivitis?

Yes: As an interesting fact, most of the conjunctivitis I see is virally caused. Often an affected individual has been treated at Urgent care facility after hrs, & is prescribed an antibiotic, usually an aminoglycoside (gentamicin, or tobramycin). When they see me, it's on the basis of worsening eye condition. Often (not always) 1 of these 2 antibiotics causes significant ocular Irritation. ...Read more

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Will fluorometholone eye drops exacerbate conjunctivitis?

Will fluorometholone eye drops exacerbate conjunctivitis?

It can: Steroids can sometimes worsen viral infections. Can combine antibiotics with steroids during treatment. Otherwise should help conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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I have bad conjunctivitis and I got eye drops, but not working - what can I do?

I have bad conjunctivitis and I got eye drops, but not working - what can I do?

Not much: Usually viral and drops don't help. Should be gone in a week or so, like a cold. ...Read more

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How long does it generally take for conjunctivitis to heal once you have started eye drops?

How long does it generally take for conjunctivitis to heal once you have started eye drops?

Conjunctivitis: Viral conjunctivitis can often take up to two weeks to heal and is unresponsive to antibiotics. The body's immune system builds up resistance to the virus and fights it off. Bacterial conjunctivitis often responds within a week to antibiotics. ...Read more

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What to do if I was conjunctivitis yesterday and want to cure it by tomorrow! I'm taking eye drops every 2 hours! How can I cure it by tomorrow!?

May not happen: You may not be able to cure conjunctivitis within 24 hrs unless it's just due to minor allergies. Be very careful not to overuse the eye drops as that may produce damaging side effects to eyes. Every 2 hours sounds too frequent and unsafe. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I had conjunctivitis yesterday and want to cure it by tomorrow! I'm taking eye drops every 2 hours! How can I cure it by tomorrow!?

What do you suggest if I had conjunctivitis yesterday and want to cure it by tomorrow! I'm taking eye drops every 2 hours! How can I cure it by tomorrow!?

Ophthalmologist: You need to ask this question to your local ophthalmologist. Nothing is cured overnight.
What you want and what you get are two different things.
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After completing a course of regular eye drops for conjunctivitis, when can I wear my contact lenses again?

It depends: If you have just a simple bacterial conjunctivitis, I recommend patients use glasses for 1 week following therapy if completely recovered. Also, disposing of solutions and cases and starting with a new pair of disposable lenses may be helpful as well. If any irritation returns, be seen immediately. ...Read more

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Best eye drops for bacterial conjunctivitis?

Best eye drops for bacterial conjunctivitis?

None: All conjunctivitis, bacterial and viral, is self-limiting. This means that they will get better without treatment. The symptoms can be treated, and antibiotics may decrease the duration of infection in some cases. ...Read more

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Can sleeping under an open window be the cause of my constant conjunctivitis? Its been coming and going for a while now I've used eye drops which help

Can sleeping under an open window be the cause of my constant conjunctivitis? Its been coming and going for a while now I've used eye drops which help

Is it conjunctivitis: Conjunctivitis is a non-specific description of conjunctival inflammation. It can be viral, bacterial, allergic amongst others. More information is needed, such as which drops helped. It's unlikely that sleeping under an open window would cause recurrent conjunctivitis unless it's allergic. ...Read more

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Would similasan eye drops actually get rid of conjunctivitis caused by an allergin?

Would similasan eye drops actually get rid of conjunctivitis caused by an allergin?

Similasan: Google the above or speak with your ophthalmologist for best answer ...Read more

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Using fucidic eye drops for conjunctivitis, causing blurred vision a few hours after application is this normal?

Using fucidic eye drops for conjunctivitis, causing blurred vision a few hours after application is this normal?

Maybe: Flucidic acid antibacterial eye drops are very viscous and may temporarily blurt your vision. It is dosed only twice daily. It's also possible that your infection creates much discharge that also blurs vision. Remember that if your symptoms are not improving, call your doctor. You may not be responding to the treatment, or you don't have a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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How long should I wait after my last dose of fluorometholone eye drops (prescribed for allergic conjunctivitis) before wearing contacts again?

Soon: This depends upon the appearance and comfort of the eye. You should avoid contact wear when the eye is red or getting redder, but when the red is fading and the other symptoms you may have had are fading, then you can wear the contact. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with lid margin dease, tears deficiency, mucus & mild papillary conjunctivitis what are treatments other than eye drops?

I have been diagnosed with lid margin dease, tears deficiency, mucus & mild papillary conjunctivitis what are treatments other than eye drops?

Lid hygiene: Most of what you describe goes under the heading of "Meibomian Gland Dysfunction". This is a lid stagnation and drying problem. You can help with mild lid scrubbing with shampoo, warm soaks and the addition of Omega oils to your diet. The eyedrops that will help this are mild steroids for the papillary conjunctivitis. ...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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I got conjunctivitis (not severe, just beginning), how long would it be until the redness goes away on trimethoprim polymyxin B ophthalmic eye drops.?

I got conjunctivitis (not severe, just beginning), how long would it be until the redness goes away on trimethoprim polymyxin B ophthalmic eye drops.?

CONJUNCTIVITIS: Conjunctivitis is very contagious with your symptoms it sounds more bacterial than allergic. Redness tends to resolve in 1-3dys. You can add in ZYRTEC (cetirizine) &PATANOL DROPS to cover any allergic component. ...Read more

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Does allergic conjunctivitis respond to the eye drops for bacterial conjunctivitis? And vice versa does bacterial respond to antihistamine drops?

Does allergic conjunctivitis respond to the eye drops for bacterial conjunctivitis? And vice versa does bacterial respond to antihistamine drops?

Generally no.: If it is a bacterial infection, it should only respond to antibiotics much like allergic conjunctivitis should only respond to only allergy drop like antihistamine/and or mast cell stabilizer drop. However some infections can cause itchiness in which case an allergy drop is added in addition to an antibiotic drop. For further info/rx, feel free to consult me at healthtap. Com/rebeccamammo
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