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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

Conjunctivitis is 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 the tiny blood vessels in the conjunctiva to dilate, thus leading to a redness of the eye. Depending on the cause of the conjunctitis there can also be itching, irritation, and discharge ...Read more


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What is the best way to get rid of eye redness from conjunctivitis?

What is the best way to get rid of eye redness from conjunctivitis?

Patience: Conjunctivitis is usually a viral infection of the lining of the eye and the redness and dilation are the bodies response to try and rid itself of the infection. Even if there were a way to get rid of the redness, you would want the defensive responses to remain active. Have patience and your body will win the battle and the redness with recede. ...Read more

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Is all eye redness called conjunctivitis?

Is all eye redness called conjunctivitis?

No: Conjunctivitis is defined as inflammation of the conjunctiva. One of the principle markers of inflammation is redness caused by dilation of the blood vessels. Therefore, all forms of conjunctivitis have varying degrees of associated redness. However, not all redness is caused by conjunctivitis. For example, a broken blood vessel can cause redness but is not caused by inflammation. ...Read more

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Red eye problem - how do I tell if it's conjunctivitis?

Red eye problem - how do I tell if it's conjunctivitis?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...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've had pink eye for about 2 and half weeks. Went to doc doctor last week, took tobramycin, now still have a red eye. What to do?

I've had pink eye for about 2 and half weeks. Went to doc doctor last week, took tobramycin, now still have a red eye. What to do?

Go back to doctor: You need to be re evaluated for persistant pink eye, it may be something more than just infection.It could be an inflammation due to allegy, or underlying iritis, you may need to see an opthalmologist if your doctor feels you should. ...Read more

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How to reduce pink-eye redness fast--visine?

How to reduce pink-eye redness fast--visine?

Eyedrops: If you need to get rid of the redness for instance for a picture, you can use drops labeled "gets the red out". However this is a temporary effect and will not work well if the cause is infectious pink eye. You may have to wait it out and if your vision is affected or there is significant pain due to your red eye, you probably should see your ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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How to deal with a corneal ulcer i went to the outpatient clinic yesterday because i had pain in my eye, redness, and sensitivity to light. Thought perhaps pink eye but the doctor there told me it was small corneal ulcer. He prescribed two eye drops, ci

How to deal with a corneal ulcer i went to the outpatient clinic yesterday because i had pain in my eye, redness, and sensitivity to light.  Thought perhaps pink eye but the doctor there told me it was small corneal ulcer.  He prescribed two eye drops, ci

Zylet : Zylet is an unusual medication for a corneal ulcer. And infect, it is the wrong medicine for you. You are already on gentamicin and the active antibiotic in zylet is tobrmycin which is a same class of medicine as gentamicin. You will be served better with ciprofoloxacin than zylet. Zylet also has steroid in it, which makes it a wrong medicine for corneal ulcer. You said you went to see "opt", i presume that you mean optometrist. I strongly recommend seeing an ophthalmologist. If you can find a cornea specialist that will be better. Good luck. ...Read more

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