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Q. I have an eye infection for more than a week and eye drops did not help. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Pooja Pandya
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 10, 2020

Hello doctor,

I have an eye infection in my right eye for the past eight days. I got some eye drops like Carboxymethyl cellulose, Teradox, and Loteflam, but no much improvement. I got some cold as well. Is this symptom of COVID-19 for a normal eye infection and what should I do?

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From your history, it is looking like infection only as you said. It is associated with cold also. Can you send me an image of your eye so I can guide you more precisely? If needed we can add medicines also.

Thank you doctor,

Can you please add some medicine? I have a red eye with a little swelling and feels like something is stuck in my eye.

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Since how long you are using drops?

Thank you doctor,

I am using the eye drops for the last one week, 4 times a day.

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For me, it is looking conjunctivitis. Drops you are using are perfectly fine but this will take minimum of two weeks to recover and maybe your other eye will also get infected in a few days. If it occurs start putting the same drops in the other eye also if any symptoms develop. Continue the same drops for another two weeks then we will see.

Meanwhile, if you will develop fever or any other kind of symptoms you should consult your physician. As you know this is an era of COVID-19 so we cannot take risk.

Thank you doctor,

I will follow your advice.

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You should do cool compression with ice or ice pack whichever is available, 4 times a day on both eyes.

Thank you doctor,

I am doing with hot water currently. I will try with an ice pack. Anything else that I should take care of?

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Hello,

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No, it is conjunctivitis so you should do with ice or any cool compression, and not with hot water. Do not rub your eyes and try to avoid touch.

Clean your clothes, bed sheet, pillow cover by your self and separately in a separate bucket. Avoid close contact with family members for a few days. As it is infective others can also develop from you. Take care of these things and you will be fine.


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