I developed a red ("bloodshot") eye four days ago. Assuned I had a foriegn ogject, couldn't find it, so went to the eye doc (MD) three days ago.
He examined my eyes in the lamp, with some stain, and told me that I had a viral infection. I asked if it was herpes (knew someone who had it once, knew I didn't want it!) and he said probably not, most likely some other virus. He prescribed Zirgan, which I've been using for three days.
My eyelid and the area around my eye is swollen, and I see no improvement.
I noted you advised a similar patient to discontinue Zirgan.
Can an eye doc differentiate between viruses with a visual exam?
Is there harm in using Zirgan for a non-herpes viral infection?
How long do these things take to improve?
I do get cold sores, but rarely, usually following too much sun exposure. Never had anything like this. 57, white male, no drugs, good general health, Lasik
10 years ago.