Question by  jeancowling (40)

Do you have to have a prescription for pink eye medicine?

I think I have pink eye.


Answer by  eyeguy (3760)

Pink eye will run its course and go away without meds, however its very uncomfortable and heals faster with low grade antibiotics.


Answer by  wj (646)

If it's viral (no discharge), there's no prescription you can get to treat it - just buy an over-the-counter eyewash to ease the irritation, don't touch your eyes, and use a separate towel when washing and drying your face. If it's bacterial (your eyes produce a yellow discharge) then you'll need antibiotics from your doctor to clear up the infection.


Answer by  monkeyz (3150)

There are some over-the-counter treatments for pink eye. The problem is that you don't know if your pink eye is bacterial, viral, or caused by something else entirely. If the problem is severe or does not go away soon, it is probably better to go to a doctor. Antibiotics for pink eye can only be given by your doctor.


Answer by  HawaiianGirl (6906)

Yes. In order to get a prescription for pink eye you will need to be seen by an eye doctor. The doctor will do an exam an confirm that what you have is in fact pink eye, as it could be a number of other things with the same syptoms as pink eye. Once diagnosed you'll be given a prescription.


Answer by  BethT (222)

"Pink eye" is a very contagious disease that can be spread from one person to another through skin contact. It is very important to seek a doctor's diagnosis and a prescription if you do, indeed, have pink eye. If the condition is left untreated, the patient runs the risk of complications that could affect his or her eyesight.

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