What are alternatives to topical antibiotics for treating bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

Updated: Jan 03, 2019
  • Author: Karen K Yeung, OD, FAAO; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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Povidone-iodine 1.25% ophthalmic solution may be a safe and viable alternative to topical antibiotics for treating bacterial conjunctivitis, [8] especially in resource-poor countries, where antibiotics may be scarce and/or expensive. A product that contains both povidone iodide 1% and dexamethasone 0.1% is in phase III clinical trials for the treatment of viral and bacterial conjunctivitis (Shire, Dublin, Ireland).


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