How is blindness prevented in neonates with 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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Prophylaxis against ophthalmia neonatorum is a major force in the worldwide effort to prevent blindness. [26] Common regimens are the instillation of 1% silver nitrate solution, 1% tetracycline ointment, or 0.5% erythromycin ointment. Relatively inexpensive povidone iodide is also gaining popularity in this role. [8]


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