Pink Eye Medicine Over-the-counter

Discussion in 'Eye-Care' started by mary, Oct 11, 2004.

  1. mary

    mary Guest

    In the USA I saw an ad for an over-the-counter medicine for "pink eye." How
    would a person know if they had pink eye without seeing a doctor who would
    provide a prescription. I have had red eyes, but they were never "pink eye."
    A person could buy the medicine, and that might delay the proper treatment
    because they diagnosed themselves incorrectly.

    mary, Oct 11, 2004
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  2. mary

    LarryDoc Guest

    Interesting "consumer protection", eh? And hard to believe the
    ad---perhaps it was one of those "get the red out" ads? OTC
    vasoconstrictors can make the eye look better. But pathogen-caused red
    eye is another story.

    "Pink eye" is a layperson's term for a red eye, the cause being anything
    from a bug flying in the eye to a piece of dust, allergy, contact lens
    issues, virus or sight-treatening bacteria infection.

    IF there's discharge, light sensitivity or pain, see a doctor.
    IF it gets worse within 3 days, even without the above, see a doctor.
    When in doubt, see a doctor.


    Dr. Larry Bickford, O.D.
    Family Practice Eye Health & Vision Care

    The Eyecare Connection
    larrydoc at eye-care-contacts dot com (remove -)
    LarryDoc, Oct 11, 2004
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