• Is there an over-the-counter treatment for scratched cornea?


    Question:

    Is there an over-the-counter medicine to use for a scratched cornea?


    Answer:

    A scratched cornea, also known as a corneal abrasion, can cause patients extreme discomfort, redness, and blurred vision. Antibiotics are used to prevent bacteria from infecting the open wound and causing a corneal ulcer. Unfortunately all antibiotics approved for ophthalmic use are by prescription only in the U.S. Artificial tears are over-the-counter and are recommended for comfort, but do not have any anti-infective properties.


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