How do practice patterns vary in prescribing topical antibiotics for 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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Practice patterns for prescribing topical antibiotics vary. For routine mild cases of bacterial conjunctivitis, most practitioners prescribe a broad-spectrum agent on an empirical basis without obtaining a culture. Always be aware of the differential diagnosis by taking thorough case histories and careful evaluation of the ocular surface. Instruct patients to seek follow-up care if the expected improvement does not occur or if vision becomes affected.


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