Conjunctivitis

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On 18th Sept my eye was slightly red and later on 22nd Sept my eye was swollen red, painful and could not see anything bright. On 24th I went and met GP and he said nothing to worry its conjunctivitis and asked me to put tobrex eye drops (2 drops every 4 hours) also said that the condition would improve in the next 72 hours. After 72 hours also my eyes are still red and swollen also my eyes are still sensitive to bright light.. Since 26th there is some white discharge from my eye. Please help in how long it would take to get alright or Do i need to go and meet the eye specialist.

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    Eye specialists are not there for infections like conjunctivitis. There is little he could do that time will not cure.                                                                                                                                                          
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      It isn't anything serious right. You reckon it would settle down or be better in the next 72 hours atleast

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      If it is the infectious type it would have spread to the other eye quite quickly so it is probably caused by an irritant getting into your eye or an allergic reaction.

      It may take more than three days to clear up. 

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    well, continue tobrex eye drops every 4 hrs. but start to use predforte (prednisolone) eye drops three times daily for 5 dyas , you will get better.
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    Sorry to disagree with others on this but I would go along to my lical optician and get him to check it after that amount of time with sensitivoty to bright lights. Just to be safe. There is a triage service available with local opticians. Your doc would not be able to look at the back of the eye without specialist equipment.
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      Are you talking UK for the triage service? I developed a problem just a couple of days after my annual eye test last year and went back to Boots. They said that they did not do more than eye testing and would not look at my eye. They told me to go to A&E.

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      Within last two months I was triaged at a local independent optician. My friend was seen last Saturday. I can't speak for Boots but there are local opticians who are offering that service.

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      What conditions do they treat after you are triaged or do they refer you elsewhere ?

      When we lived in Edinburgh they had an eye hospital that had a walk in clinic. 

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      Hi Derek...they will probably only treat very minor eye discomfort but if it is anything more sinister they do refer you to a and e with a letter.

      I am Scottish but living in London. We have great eye casualty here in Moorfields and St Thomas. But they ate so heavily used that this triage service is designed in part to take pressure off. Waiting time at Moorfields often over 4 hours. There is a notice up saying don't come to us for repeat prescriptions. People go for all kinds of spurious reasons and the system is at breaking point.

      I think the lical yriage service is great. Filters out the minor stuff but have proper equipment to look at back of the eye.

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      GP's seem not to want to treat even minor eye injuries. Years ago when we lived in Surrey I got something in my eye when walking to the station. I did a detour to my doctor. His response was that I had a foreign body in my eye and should go to the eye hospital at Surbiton.

      I went home and fished it out myself.  

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      yes I think you could be right. To be fair I think that they are a bit worried by doing stuff with the eye. I think you need the right conditions to treat eyes. So sensitive. I think it's probably better to go to eye casualty or optician. Unless like that you can do it yourself. This is exactly the reason why I always feel if someone has something unusual going on they should double check. If gp's can't see the back of the eye - which they can't - I would encourage anyone with anything that seems at all dodgy to go to optician or eye clinic. Too important for people making mistakes.  

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    I believe Tobrex is antibiotic. 72 hrs could be early to see its resutls. May be better to wait for 2-3 days more and then go to the Specialist if no imrovement. However to satisfy your self, you may consult the specialist ASP
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