Eye infections are a common presenting problem in primary care. Bacterial conjunctivitis, although a less frequent cause of conjunctivitis, is more common in children. The most common bacteria are Haemophilus influenza, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus. To ensure a good visual outcome for the patient, the practitioner should make a prompt diagnosis and start appropriate treatment. Compared to placebo, the use of antibiotic eye drops is associated with improved rates of clinical and microbiological remission.
Modern Medicine – April/May 2019