Eye Infections

Infections of the eye or bacterial conjunctivitis are quite common, particularly in children and the elderly. The eyes usually feel sore and gritty and have a discharge, particularly on waking.


Our Advice

  • Our Pharmacist can recommend antibiotic eye drops for the infection.
  • Use the drops for 5 days even if the symptoms have improved.
  • The drops should not be used by anyone else and you should not use anyone else’s drops.
  • If your symptoms worsen, or do not improve in 48 hours, you should see a doctor.
  • Infective conjunctivitis is contagious, so wash hands after touching the eyes and do not share towels or flannels etc.

If you are unsure about your eye condition, ask our pharmacist for advice.


Products we recommend for this condition are:

  • Optrex Infected Eyes eye Drops 10ml - Contains Chloramphenicol which is a type of antibiotic medicine. Antibiotics are used to treat infections caused by bacteria. Chloramphenicol is known as an all-purpose antibiotic that is quite effective against infections caused by a wide variety of bacteria.  One drop should be administered into the infected eye every two hours for the first two days, then every four hours for the next three days. Use the drops only during waking hours.  Suitable for adults and children ages 2 years and over.  Children below the age of 2 years with an eye infection should see a doctor.  Do not use this product; if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.  If you have ever had problems with your blood (in particluar very low numbers of blood cells) during previous treatment with chloramphenical. If you have a family history of blood problems such as low white blood cell, red blood cell, platlet counts.  See advice from your doctor if; your eyesight is affected, you have pain in your eye, your eye is inflamed and you have a rash on the scalp or face, the pupil in your eye looks unusual or your eye looks cloudy, your eyes are sensitive to light.  Always read the patient leaflet before use.  Keep out of reach of children.
  • Golden Eye Ointment 5g - Contains Dibrompropamidine isetionate, to kill bacteria that cause eye and eyelid infections like conjunctivitis, blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids) and styes.  Before you use; ensure the tube is sterile until opened. Do not use if the seal is broken.  If you wear contact lenses and have been advised to use GoldenEye® 0.15% w/w Eye Ointment by a doctor, pharmacist or contact lens practitioner:- Do not wear contact lenses when using the ointment.  You can start wearing contact lenses again after you have finished using the ointment.  Wash your hands before and after use.  If your condition does not improve within 2 days, stop use and consult our pharmacist or doctor.  Always read the patient information leaflet beofre use. 

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