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    Prolonged eye infection
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    mtoennig posted:
    About two months ago, I got the flu. I wear contacts daily and soon realized I had an eye infection. Went to my optometrist and he gave me antibiotics drops. It didn't help, so went back 2 1/2 weeks later and we tried a stronger one. It didn't help either, am now taking an oral antibiotic for a month and using lid scrubbers. Still not seeing any improvement. I am getting frustrated and scared that there is something very wrong. You can see red lines in the whites of my eyes, very red in the corners when I turn my eyes to the side. The lower lid is slightly swollen where the eyelashes are and if I cry, they become much more swollen n red. It doesn't hurt much, just uncomfortable. My eyes sometimes water and after sleeping, there are eye crusty's like you usually get, except a little more than usual. When you pull down the lower lids, it is extremely red.
    I have tried allergy drops, over the counter stye relief and nothing seems to help. Have been taking oral antibiotics for 10 days now and no improvement.

    Do you have any advice?? I am getting seriously worried.
    thanks.
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    Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
    Sorry that you are having problems.

    First, although you didn't mention it, I am sure that you have absolutely stopped wearing the contact lenses. This is critically important because contact lenses should never be worn in an inflamed or uncomfortable eye.

    Possibilities include an ongoing eye infection or an allergic type reaction to your contact lenses or your solutions.

    Time to see a specialist. Go to www.AAO.org and "Find and Eye MD" and select a "Corneal/External Disease" specialist.


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