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I went to my optomitrist witha viral infection in one eye

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I went to my optomitrist witha viral infection in one eye that had also moved into the other eye. I did 7 days of the tobradex as directed. My eye 2 days ago started again. Pain and bloodshot. Should I just use the drops again. Or should i go back to the doc again?? Maybe pills will be needed again??
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
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Tobradex is not the correct treatment for viral conjunctivitis. Antibiotics, such are found in a antibiotic/steroid combination such as tobradex, do nothing to treat the viral infection. As a matter of fact, using the steroids may even prolong the problem.

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I suggest you use cold compresses and preservative artificial tears to soothe your eyes until the viral infection runs its course. If things seem to be getting worse it would probably be best to have an examination by an ophthalmologist (eye MD)

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Does this make sense to you>

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Dr. Rick :

The good news is that, while viral conjunctivitis is very uncomfortable, in the vast majority of cases it runs it's course (even on the second go-round :) with no long term damage to your eyes or problems.

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
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