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The itchy grit of pink eye can feel so uncomfortable. With a convenient online consultation, Dr. B can help you get same-day prescription medication for pink eye (conjunctivitis). No irritating video call required.

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How Dr. B treats pink eye

1
Health assessment

Tell us about your condition with a $15 online consultation—no video call necessary.

2
Provider review

A medical provider will review your information and prescribe treatment, if appropriate.

3
Get your medication

Pick up and pay for the medication at the pharmacy of your choice. Or, get it delivered.

How much will it cost?

Dr. B offers online consultations for $15—which is less than most copays. If a pink eye prescription is appropriate, your out-of-pocket medication cost will depend on your insurance and where you decide to get your prescription filled. Dr. B offers a discount card when applicable to help get you the lowest prices for your medications.

* Prices shown for Polymyxin B Sulfate 10,000 Unit-Trimethoprim 1 mg/mL Eye Drops (10 mL dropper bottle), a popular treatment for pink eye, using a drug discount card. Prices may be lower with insurance.

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Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) treatments at Dr. B

Dr. B offers over 6 treatments for conjunctivitis (pink eye). We’ve highlighted a few of our most popular and affordable options below. But you can choose other brand and generic medications if desired.

Erythromycin Eye Ointment

Erythromycin eye ointment is a macrolide antibiotic used to clear up pink eye. It works by killing the bacteria that can cause pink eye.

Prescription length:

7 days

Application:

½ inch of ointment into the eye, 4-6 times a day as directed by your provider.

Medication prices start at
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$5.29

at Rite Aid, with a drug discount card.

Ofloxacin Eye Drops

Ofloxacin antibiotic eye drops treat conjunctivitis by stopping bacteria from growing.

Prescription length:

7 days

Application:

Instill 1 to 2 drops in affected eye(s) every 2 to 4 hours for the first 2 days, then instill 1 to 2 drops 4 times daily for an additional 5 days as directed.

Medication prices start at
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$9.99
at Costco, with a drug discount card. (No Costco membership required)

Polymyxin B/Trimethoprim Eye Drops

Polymyxin B/Trimethoprim prescription eye drops are an effective, affordable combination conjunctivitis medication. This medication is applied several times a day for about a week.

Prescription length:

7 days

Application:

Put 1 drop into the affected eye(s) 4-6 times a day for 5-10 days as directed by your medical provider.

Medication prices start at
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$3.04

at Walgreens, with a drug discount card.

Erythromycin Eye Ointment

Erythromycin eye ointment is a macrolide antibiotic used to clear up pink eye. It works by killing the bacteria that can cause pink eye.

Ofloxacin Eye Drops

Ofloxacin antibiotic eye drops treat conjunctivitis by stopping bacteria from growing.

Polymyxin B/Trimethoprim Eye Drops

Polymyxin B/Trimethoprim prescription eye drops are an effective, affordable combination conjunctivitis medication. This medication is applied several times a day for about a week.

Prescription length:

7 days

Prescription length:

7 days

Prescription length:

7 days

Application:

½ inch of ointment into the eye, 4-6 times a day as directed by your provider.

Application:

Instill 1 to 2 drops in affected eye(s) every 2 to 4 hours for the first 2 days, then instill 1 to 2 drops 4 times daily for an additional 5 days as directed.

Application:

Put 1 drop into the affected eye(s) 4-6 times a day for 5-10 days as directed by your medical provider.

Medication prices start at
Rite Aid logo
$5.29

at Rite Aid, with a drug discount card.

Medication prices start at
Costco Wholesale logo
$9.99
at Costco, with a drug discount card. (No Costco membership required)
Medication prices start at
Walgreens logo
$3.04

at Walgreens, with a drug discount card.

More Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) Prescription Treatments

Looking for a different medication? Here are some options.

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Conjunctivitis Questions

About Conjunctivitis

What is conjunctivitis (pink eye)?

Conjunctivitis (or pink eye) occurs when something enflames the thin, transparent lining of the eye. This can make the eye look red and irritated and may cause swollen eyelids. Common symptoms of pink eye include itchy, burning eyes and a feeling of grittiness in the eye.

What causes pink eye?

Pink eye is usually caused by a virus—and antibiotics won’t help viral pink eye symptoms. Conjunctivitis can also be caused by a bacterial infection. Most cases of bacterial pink eye get better on their own in a few weeks—but antibiotics can help ease symptoms faster.

What prescription treatments are available for pink eye?

Dr. B offers several pink eye prescription drops and ointments to clear up bacterial conjunctivitis. (There is no pink eye pill.) These antibiotic drops include:

  • Erythromycin ointment
  • Polymyxin B/Trimethoprim drops (brand name Polytrim)
  • Oflaxacin drops (brand name Ocuflox)
How long does pink eye last?

The infection often starts in one eye and spreads to the other within a few days. Without prescription pink eye medicine, resulting symptoms usually last 2-3 weeks. If symptoms result from bacterial conjunctivitis, antibiotic drops or ointment can help symptoms resolve faster.

What at-home remedies are available for pink eye?

Several at-home eye care remedies can help relieve symptoms. If your symptoms are mild, you can try:

  • Using artificial tears (lubricating eye drops)
  • Wiping your eyes with a warm, wet washcloth (make sure it’s clean!)
  • Setting wet warm or cool compresses over your eyes

If you have pink eye, contact lenses can irritate or prolong the infection. Don’t wear contact lenses while you have conjunctivitis. When your symptoms are better, disinfect contacts before putting them back in. To avoid reinfection or recurring pink eye, throw away any makeup that touched your eyes while they were infected.

Can I go to work with pink eye?

Pink eye is highly contagious. If your eyes are tearing up a lot or have a lot of discharge, it’s best to stay home until you feel better. This is especially true if your job has you in close contact with others.

If you don’t have a fever or other serious symptoms, it’s usually okay to go to work if you practice good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your eyes.

If you’re not sure, ask your medical provider for advice.

Do I have pink eye or…?

When a virus or bacteria spreads from a sinus infection, pink eye may follow. Other conditions can also cause itchy, watery, red eyes. These include:

  • Styes
  • Blepharitis
  • Keratitis
  • Iritis
  • Allergies

Not sure if you have pink eye vs. allergies or another cause? Talk to a medical provider. They can help you get the right treatment for your specific condition.

What are common side effects of pink eye medications?

Most antibiotic drops and ointments are well tolerated and cause only mild side effects. These might include blurred vision or mild eye irritation after putting in the medicine. This usually clears up in a few minutes.

How much does pink eye treatment cost?

Consultation: A virtual medical consultation for conjunctivitis costs $15—which is lower than most doctor copays. Currently, we don’t submit medical consultation claims to insurance companies. But you can use insurance for any resulting prescriptions at your pharmacy.

Medication: Dr. B only charges for the medical consultation. When medications are prescribed, we let you choose the most affordable or convenient pharmacy to fill the prescription. Your medication prices will vary depending on your insurance coverage and whether the drug is a brand or generic.

Do you accept insurance?

Right now, we don’t submit medical consultation claims to insurance companies. But you can use health insurance for any resulting prescriptions at your pharmacy.

How do refills work?

We’ll send you a reminder for an online assessment when it’s time for your next refill.

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