• Can Erythromycin Be Used For a Corneal Abrasion?


    Question:

    Can erythromycin be used for a corneal abrasion?


    Answer:

    Topical antibiotics are prescribed after a corneal abrasion in order to prevent an infection, i.e., a corneal ulcer. They should be continued until the abrasion completely heals. Erythromycin, Bacitracin, or Polytrim are all good choices for routine corneal abrasions.

    In patients who suffer a corneal abrasion in high-risk situations (such as in large, central abrasions; monocular patients; or from organic matter, i.e. sticks or fingernails), fluoroquinolones such as Moxifloxacin or Gatifloxacin are the recommended drug of choice.


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