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Our Eyes medications contain cost-effective branded medicines and generic alternatives for treating infections of the eye and eyelids, to reduce inflammation and prevent the spread of infection.
You can search for the product you want using the search box by entering either the active ingredient, e.g. Fusidic Acid or the product name, e.g. Fucithalmic Eye Drops.
Eye infections are usually caused by bacteria, but fungi and viruses can also be a cause of eye infections, and these do not respond to antibiotics. Therefore, it is important to know the cause of your eye infection so that you use the correct treatment. Pain and inflammation are common symptoms of all eye infections, and some treatments also contain anti-inflammatory medications.
Conjunctivitis is the most common eye infection and is known as pink eye. It is infection and inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the thin membrane lining the eyelid and the visible part of the eye. Blepharitis is another common eye infection, where the eyelid becomes infected and swollen. A stye is a red pimple or small lump on the eyelid caused by an infection in the sebaceous gland (oil gland) at the base of an eyelash hair follicle. Keratitis is an infection of the cornea (the clear area at the front of the eye over the lens and pupil), which is often caused by a scratch or an injury.
Common symptoms of most eye infections include redness, pain, swelling, irritation, a sensation of having something in the eye, watery eyes, or sticky discharge.
Medications for treating eye infections include eye drops and eye ointments. These are topical medications that can be applied directly into the eye. The type of medication you use depends on the infection and symptoms you are being treated for and may contain a combination of medicines. Some antibiotics in eye drops and ointments are particularly suitable for topical use, for example, Fusidic acid. Some eye treatments contain a mixture of antibiotics to ensure a broad spectrum of bacteria is targeted. A combination of an antibiotic with a corticosteroid is an effective treatment for an eye infection that has become inflamed.
(Note: you might be able to get these or an equivalent antibiotic from your doctor as samples in sealed packages)
(Note:These both are smaller pills than the traditional antibiotics above and the number of pills required is much less, but they are more expensive. Use when space is at a premium.)
(These are taken only twice a day, halving the number traditionally required)
(A full course of treatment only requires six doses, but they are VERY expensive.)
Another prescription medication to consider is a topical adrenocortico-steroid. These drugs are used to treat contact dermatitis (ie. poison ivy, oak and sumac), minor burns and sunburn and various other skin irritations. Non-prescription strength Hydrocortisone .5% and 1% is often included in first aid kits. It is very low potency, one reason it is available over the counter, and not much help in a lot of cases. A better choice might be one of the more potent medications in this class of drugs. Triamcinolone cream or ointment .1% or .5% (Aristicort, Kenalog) is much more potent and effective and available as a generic, making it inexpensive. Your doctor may offer other suggestions in this same class of drugs.
Of these, SMZ-TMP and ciprofloxacin have the most duplicate coverage, as do cephalexin and erythromycin. Since the intolerance of erythromycin is much higher than is allergy to cephalexin, I would favour cephalexin. Ciprofloxacin is stronger for intra-abdominal infections than SMZ-TMP, and is less likely to develop resistance. Although its use in children is a bit of a concern due to the question of joint pain (although this is rare), I would favour ciprofloxacin over than SMZ-TMP, even though SMZ-TMP is effective against MRSA. However, when the use of antibiotics is severely curtailed, antibiotic resistance will also decrease, and therefore MRSA will become less of a concern.
Therefore, the top three antibiotics to stockpile would be: