Hi, I got poked in the left eye about a month ago and apparently it caused an infection, that went untreated for about a month since it didn't seem like an infection (just redness, no pain or discharge).
Once my doctor found out it was an infection, he prescribed an antibiotic to get rid of it; it helped but did not get rid of the redness. He then prescribed Tobradex (steroid) which I have been taking for the past 5 days. That also helped, but again, the redness is still there somewhat.
How long should this infection take to resolve, and should I go back to the doctor for another type of prescription? Thanks,
Yes, definitely go back to the doctor. If it's you regular general practioner or an internist, he or she may refer you to an ophthalmologist. If you don't get a referal, perhaps you should just make an appointment on your own.
I don't know much about eye infections, but I do know that sometimes one infection can lead to a secondary infection, which needs a different treatment.
Or perhaps your eye is just irritated by the medicine.
But do at least talk to your doctor.
Well my doctor was the one that prescribed the antibiotic, but it was my eye doctor who prescribed the steroid, forgot to mention that part.
As a side note, the last time I took the steroid was Monday night, it was 7 days and I didn't think it would be a good idea to use it anymore (glaucoma risk and oither stuff). Since then, my eye seems to be at its best (as in you can't see any redness) from the time I wake up and for a couple hours after that, afterwards you can see some redness, but it's not as bad as it was before I took the steroid.
Although the Warnings for Tobradex do say to discontinue use if irritation occurs, it is an anti-bacterial agent.
So if you have discontinued it, it would probably be a good idea to check with the doctor to see if an oral or other antibiotic is in order as a replacement.