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Old 10-20-2001, 03:58 AM   #1
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Can anybody give me tips on how to speed up recovery of a viral eye infection. So far I have had a recurring viral eye infection in my left eye for 4 months. Eye doctor says no contacts for the next few months but what can I do to speed up my recovery? I would really like to get rid of this thing. Thanks

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Old 10-20-2001, 12:40 PM   #2
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What did the doctor tell you to do besides not to wear your contacts? What kind of medication did you get? What kind of virus is it? Did the medication help?
He is right about the contacts. Until you can get this under control don't even bother as it will just keep recurring.

Old 10-20-2001, 07:34 PM   #3
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The doctor told me that it is a virus and that it is like a cold where there are no medications that can really do anything for it. I just have to wait until it goes away and heals itself. If it gets even worse he will put me on a steroid cream but that will lengthen the life of the virus. So far I have had it off and on for 4 months.

Old 10-20-2001, 08:34 PM   #4
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Hi, after that amount of time, you should get a second opinion. An "infection" shouldn't last that long. Is there any change in your vision? Do you see black spots or "strings" in your line of vision? Go to another ophthalmologist and get it rechecked to be sure it's not something else.

Old 10-21-2001, 04:58 AM   #5
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Your doctor is probably right, in that it will heal on it's own eventually. But still, I think you've been patient. 4 months is a long time. I don't think a virus in your eye should be left untreated for that long. The steroids won't make the healing process take any longer. Try calling back and and asking for the medication. If that doesn't work, go in and talk to a pharmacist. He may be able to give you some help. In the mean time, seriously, do not wear the contacts. And don't wait a long time. Viral eye infections, untreated, should last less than 2 weeks.
Good luck

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