What are the treatment options for acute conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Michael A Silverman, MD, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Treatment is often supportive. Artificial tears help the discomfort of keratitis and photophobia. Cold, moist compresses improve the swelling and discomfort of the lids. Antibiotic drops help prevent a secondary bacterial infection. Reserve topical corticosteroids for use by an ophthalmologist when substantial inflammation is present and herpes simplex is excluded.


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