Antibiotic Eye Drops Often Unhelpful for Pinkeye

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Antibiotic Eye Drops Often Unhelpful for Pinkeye
By NICHOLAS BAKALARJUNE 22, 2017
Doctors often prescribe antibiotic eye drops to people with conjunctivitis, or
pinkeye, even though they are almost always ineffective, a new study found.
Compared with people seen by an ophthalmologist, those who saw pediatricians, family practice doctors, internists
and emergency room doctors were two to three times as likely to receive antibiotics.
In a retrospective study of 340,372 people with conjunctivitis, 58 percent received prescriptions for antibiotic eye drops.
About 80 percent of cases of pinkeye are caused by a virus, and there is no treatment for viral conjunctivitis.

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