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Table 1 National and local secondary care antimicrobial prescribing guidelines for the management of bacterial conjunctivitis. Information on national guidelines were adapted from Public Health England [11] guidance. Local guidelines are derived from the Adult and Children Treatment of Eye Infections and Ophthalmology Handbook [7]. Both guidelines highlight the importance of self-care as the initial approach to management of non-severe conjunctivitis, only proceeding to pharmacotherapy where this fails or the infection is severe

From: Antibacterial resistance in ophthalmic infections: a multi-centre analysis across UK care settings

Public Health England guidelines for pharmacotherapy for conjunctivitis [11] Local secondary care guidelines for pharmacotherapy for conjunctivitis [7]
First line: chloramphenicol eye drops (0.5%) or ointment (1%) First line: chloramphenicol eye drops (0.5%) or ointment (1%)
Second line: fusidic acid (1%) gel Second line/alternative: moxifloxacin eye drops (0.5%)
  Other options in children:
• Fusidic acid eye drops (1%) • Erythromycin ointment (0.5%)