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Question:
I believe I have a corneal ulcer. What medication is available over-the-counter (OTC) to help treat this? I do not have medical insurance to cover the cost of medication and doctor's appointment. I'm currently using redness revolt from Walgreens to help. It is helping a bit but can you tell me if there is a better OTC option?

Answer:
You need to see an ophthalmologist immediately. A corneal ulcer is a severe infection of the cornea that can lead to permanent scarring and vision loss. A redness reliever does not contain an antibiotic and is ineffective in treating infections. If you do in fact have a corneal ulcer, your ophthalmologist will prescribe a strong antibiotic that is only available by prescription. There are no alternatives.

Answered by: Omar R. Chaudhary, MD Dr. Omar R. Chaudhary

Categories: Eye Conditions

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Answered: Dec 20, 2013

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