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Antibiotic Eye Drops

Antibiotic Eye Drops

Antibiotic eye drops are designed to treat bacterial infections – typically bacterial conjunctivitis. They are available without prescription in some countries, and will usually stop the sticky, itchy gritty problem within 5 days if the course is followed correctly.

You should always be on the lookout for possible side-effects of using antibiotic eye drops – the exact potential side effects will vary depending on the drops, and will be explained in great detail in the leaflet inside the box.

Antibiotic eye drops are typically not suitable for children under 2 years of age – if you believe your child as an eye infection consult your doctor.

You should also not use eye drops while you are wearing contact lenses.

You should also contact your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you live in a country where antibiotic eye drops are available without prescription – the over the counter drops are just as effective at clearing a mild to moderate case of conjunctivitis as the drops available from the doctors. If you have severe conjunctivitis your doctor will be able to prescribe a treatment with more of the active ingredient.

If you have dry or itchy eyes – antibiotic eye drops may not be right for you. Both of these conditions can lead to Conjunctivitis, but unless you think that is what you have, other drops design for dry eyes, or itchy eyes may work better.

The symptoms of Conjunctivitis are:

• Sore eyes.
• Bright light hurting the eyes.
• Blurred vision until you blink.
• Sore patches of skin around the eyes.

If you have these symptoms you may have Conjunctivitis, and require antibiotic eye drops.