reply to post by angryamerican
I'm an eye doctor (student.. only a few more months... ughh) here's my take
You can't really go wrong with an antibiotic so get either Zymar or Vigamox as your antibiotic. Overuse isn't going to make matters worse at all...
these are some of the safest eyedrops ever made.
If you have glaucoma, smoke maryjane or obtain a pile of your meds (Xalatan is your best choice, BTW... Alphagan is right there as well)
If you have a complicated situation, as with any health field, you will have to have a professional in the field help you out. My travel kit contails
dialating drops, numbing drops for foreign body removal (these are unsafe to use long term.. the only place you may get them prescribed is in the ER
where the doctor has no clue) steroids and antibiotics. Some state I can use anti-virals in; I have a bottle of these as well (for Herpes... the
above the belt variety)
Visine is a terrible choice, you get rebound redness and itchiness after using it. Since you probably are obtaining these drops in an illegal fashion
anyways, obtain yourself some Patanol or Pataday. The best OTC drop to get or redness/allergies is Zaditor, imo (Alaway is similiar)
Luckily in my state I can prescribe may orals, so I have the advantage of access to many drugs that optometrists in other states do not. I can
prescribe Epi-pen (need it in office), oral steroids, oral painkillers like oxycontin, etc etc. This all comes with the ability to understand
Short recap- OTC Zaditor or Alaway for itchy red eyes... Visine is the worst
If you are into prescription meds, the ones your doctor has prescribed + 4th generation flouroquinolone like Zymar or Vigamox.
You may want to conisder a supply of doxycycline and triple antibiotic ointment (bacitracin ung..) if you have lid/lash infection problems styes
if you have any other questions, fire away.
Oh, and if you drops you use do not have an impact or your eye gets worse, this is a ginormous red flag to seek tx somewhere else. you should never
get worse upon instilling medication.