Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Eye Infection Treatment

Treatment for conjunctivitis depends on the underlying cause. The treatment for conjunctivitis that is caused by a bacterial infection includes warm wet compresses, saltwater eyedrops, and antibiotic eyedrops or ointment, while a viral infection may require antiviral eyedrops instead of antibiotics. The treatment for allergic conjunctivitis includes artificial tears eyedrops and medicated eyedrops. Infections usually resolve within 2 weeks, while allergic conjunctivitis may persist for months.

Treatment for conjunctivitis that is caused by a bacterial infection includes:

Specific treatment for viral conjunctivitis may include:

Treatment for allergic conjunctivitis may include:

Eye Infection Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of conjunctivitis.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Eye Infection Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat conjunctivitis:

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Last Updated: Jun 6, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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