I used an ointment for an eye infection, but my eyes have become dry, itchy, and feel scratchy after I stopped using it. Please help.

Q. What can cause dry and blurry eyes that also feel scratchy?

Answered by
Dr. Sankaran Mathangee
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 01, 2023 and last reviewed on: Aug 12, 2023

Hi doctor,

I had an eye infection and used Neomycin and Polymoxin-B ointment for my eyes. The infection cleared up. And ever since I stopped the ointment two days ago, my eyes are so dry. They feel so scratchy like there is sand in them. I cannot wear my contacts. And my vision is blurry with my glasses on. Any suggestions? I am already using over-the-counter drops or tears. I have taken a lot of anti-anxiety medication but never had this problem this bad before.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. Based on the information provided, it looks like you had conjunctivitis and took treatment for the same. But you have not mentioned whether you took the medication over-the-counter or it was prescribed to you by an ophthalmologist after examining you on a slit lamp. So I would suggest you go for an ophthalmologist's opinion as sometimes conjunctivitis might involve the cornea, and that can be found only on a slit lamp. So that they might prescribe medication accordingly. For the dry eye sensation, I would suggest you use refresh teardrops (carboxymethylcellulose) one drop four times to the affected eye for now till you visit an ophthalmologist. Hope this has answered your query. Thanks and regards.

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