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Does visine or clear eyes get rid of the redness from pink eye?

Does visine or clear eyes get rid of the redness from pink eye?

Perhaps, but beware!: Visine or clear eyes are otc eye drops sold for red or itchy eyes. These medications work primarily by vasoconstriction of the inflamed blood vessels of the outer layer of the eye--common to eye allergies or irritation. However, these are not useful for red eyes due to infection. It is best to consult with your eye doctor to select the best treatment for you. An eye antibiotic may prove better. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) (Definition)

"Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. "Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. ...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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I have a 18m old , she has crusty green stuff in her eyes along with a runny nose,also green.Her eyes are not red like pink eye. What can I do for it?

I have a 18m old , she has crusty green stuff in her eyes along with a runny nose,also green.Her eyes are not red like pink eye. What can I do for it?

Infection likely: This sounds like an infection that might be bacterial to her naso-pharynx and eyes. Keep it clean for the moment but should see her pediatrician tomorrow for evaluation and probably medication. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed with chlamydia and my right side swells when I chew to three times the normal size (parotid gland) eye is very red (like pink eye).

Recently diagnosed with chlamydia and my right side swells when I chew to three times the normal size (parotid gland) eye is very red (like pink eye).

Yes: Chlamydia trachomatis can cause conjunctivitis which gives red eye. See an ENT specialist for the swelling of your parotid gland on chewing. It is possible you may have a stone in the parotid gland duct that drains saliva from the gland to the mouth. However, you need to be examined to make that diagnosis. Parotid gland swelling (if that's what it is}is unrelated to the chlamydia. Wish you well. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning with a discharge around my eye and half of my eye was slightly red.Is this pink eye and will I be able to go to my Christmas party tomorrow?

I woke up this morning with a discharge around my eye and half of my eye was slightly red.Is this pink eye and will I be able to go to my Christmas party tomorrow?

Just be careful: Conjunctivitis (pink eye) usually is due to common cold viruses, and prevention is the same: no kissing (even a social peck on the cheek), no shared cups or utensils, cover coughs and sneezes, limited hand contact with others, and very freqent hand washing or alcohol gel. It's different in young kids, e.g. day care, because at that age hygiene and preventing spread are impossible. ...Read more

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Can similasan dry eye reliefdrops also work for irritated red pink eye?

Can similasan dry eye reliefdrops also work for irritated red pink eye?

Comforting: Similasan is a tear replacement with no therapeutic qualities. It is generally used for eye dryness, and may provide comfort when pink eye is present. It will not alter the course of the self limited infection of the lining of the eye. No harm will come from its use. ...Read more

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Could similasan dry eye relief drops also work for irritated red pink eye?

Could similasan dry eye relief drops also work for irritated red pink eye?

Pink eye: If red pink eye is due to a virus, artificial tears will help relieve symptoms of irritation and should do no harm (non preserved are best as can use every hr if need; preserved no more than 4x/d); but they do not cure virus: needs to run its course 2 wks; see eyeMD if need stronger meds for relief & for rapid antigen test to see if is a virus. ...Read more

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My eye is very red! could it be pink eye? How do I treat it?

My eye is very red! could it be pink eye? How do I treat it?

Sick contact: The most common cause of pink eye is a virus. You most likely came in contact with someone with a viral illness (cold) and/or pink eye. Try artificial tears, cool compresses. If no improvement, see an eye doctor. ...Read more

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