whether to use antibiotic eyedrops for conjunctivitis or "pink eye"

The question often comes up about whether to use antibiotic eyedrops for conjunctivitis or "pink eye."

Many patients get topical antibiotics for acute infective conjunctivitis...partly because it's hard to tell if the infection is bacterial or viral.

But antibiotics usually aren't needed to clear up conjunctivitis. Most cases are viral...and even bacterial infections often resolve without antibiotics.

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