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What is the most effective treatment for pink eye?

What is the most effective treatment for pink eye?

Pink eye: This depends on the cause of the pink eye, bacterial pink eye requires antibiotic drops, viral pink eye requires antiviral drops, allergic pink eye may require Patanol (olopatadine) and or steroid drops, and dry eye pink eye requires appropriate wetting agents. ...Read more

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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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How long after you start treatment for pink eye will the redness go?

How long after you start treatment for pink eye will the redness go?

Depends on cause: Classic pink eye is a viral illness with a time frame of 3-8 days in most cases for the virus to be conquered and the eye to normalize. The redness will drop and disappear within these time frames depending upon which virus is the cause. There are other causes for eye redness so check in with your ophthalmologist for the best solution. ...Read more

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Any natural treatment for pink eye? I have been using refresh eye drops.

Any natural treatment for pink eye? I have been using refresh eye drops.

"Pink : "pink eye" is a generic term used for viral infections of the eye. Typically it is self-limiting but highly contagious. In the most common presentation if left untreated it will resolve by itself. So as far as natural treatments for pink eye, i would only recommend artificial tears or saline solution to rinse or debulk the viral load. However, if the condition worsens then it is best to discontinue all drops and seek the advise of your doctor. You never want to miss a possible bacterial infection that would require antibiotics! ...Read more

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Is neosporin ophthalmic solution a treatment for pink eye?

Usually not: Most pink eye is due to virus and neosporin, an excellent anti-bacterial, will have no effect on classic pink eye. Your ophthalmologist can recommend the best solution for you. ...Read more

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I have pink eye. What happens if I don't get treatment?

I have pink eye. What happens if I don't get treatment?

Nothing: Takes longer to recover. Sometimes can have subepithelial corneal infiltrates. Steroids may help to heal faster. Most often resolve on their own with time. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pink eye (conjunctivitis), what happens if I don't get treatment?

Not to worry: There are a number of viruses which cause this and the length of infection can be from 5-10 days. There is no specific treatment; just drops for comfort. Almost all clear without treatment.If you are ten days or more out and still have the problem, go back to your ophthalmologist for a second look. ...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