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Antibiotics for Pink Eye (AAO)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Drugs
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American Academy of Ophthalmology
Format: HTML, PDF
Most recent update: 10/14/2013
Pink eye (conjunctivitis) is a common condition, especially in children. Doctors often prescribe antibiotic eye drops or ointments for pink eye. But antibiotics don’t usually help. In fact, they can do more harm than good.
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