Hi Dr. James
Any suggestions on what I should do now as nothing I've done so far has helped
How many times did you use the patanol drops.
Only the left eye or both eyes?
twice on friday and twice yesterday, instructions on the box is one drop into left eye twice daily. Its just my left eye
What else have you used? You said something for bacterial conjunctivitis?
As you mentioned, conjunctivitis can be due to a variety of things allergies, bacterial, viral.
bacterial usually has mucous discharge.
viral and allergic can be similar with itching being present more in allergic.
viral usually has a history of contact with someone else who had it, commonly referred to as "pink eye" you hear so much about in daycares.
Most likely it is allergic for which patanol is a good medicine.
yeah the stuff that comes out of my is a bit thick and in the morning my eye is has a greenish yellowish crust
It does take some time for it to start working however, 1-2 weeks.
With bacterial conjunctivis, it is thick most of the time.
You described as watery discharge most of the time.
You may have a condition called vernal conjunctivitis.
which can come on seasonally.
Patanol is good for that.
You can also try regular artificial tears duing the day.
So I can use both artificial tears and patanol with no issues, always hear doctors saying not to mix medicines
Anything else I can do, warm compress on my night as I sleep maybe?
artificial tears are just lubricating eye drops without medicine.
warm compresses are good to.
make sure you don't have ceiling fans on as it can dry out your eyes.
If the problem is persistent, then you may want to see an optometrist or ophthalmologist who can do a more thorough eye exam.
oh ok, I sleep right next to a window with a breeze and I have the floor fan going at times, so keep them off?
is there anything that I can put on the outside part of my eye that is raw from rubbing?
the patanol stings the outside part of my too
You can use an eye ointment on the skin or pretroleum jelly.
The patanol can sting since it has medicine in it.
Is an eye doctor able to determine exactly what I am allergic to?
No, usually that is done with skin testing by an internist trained in allergy.
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