What Are Names for Antibiotic Eye Drops?

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Tobrex, Ciloxan, Chloromycetin ophthalmic, Garamycin ophthalmic and Ocu-Tracin are just a few of the common brand names of antibiotic eye drops or ophthalmic antibiotics listed in Drugs.com. The corresponding generic names of the mentioned examples in the same order are tobramycin, ciprofloxacin, chloramphenicol, gentamicin and bacitracin.

Antibiotic eye drops are used chiefly to treat or prevent bacterial infection in the eye, explains Drugs.com. They are typically prescribed for bacterial conjunctivitis and may also be utilized as prophylaxis after an eye surgery to prevent infection.

Antibiotics have different modes of action, so some ophthalmic eye drops have a combination of two or three active ingredients, says MedicineNet.com. Polysporin ophthalmic, which combines bacitracin and polymyxin B is an example listed at Drugs.com.