Conjunctivitis: viral or bacterial? Antibiotic or no antibiotic?

  • Keng Yin Loh


Case scenario                                                           History. A 26-year-old Indian furniture factory worker was seen at the outpatient department with the complaint of redness and discomfort of his right eye for one day associated with yellowish sticky discharge worse in the morning.

Physical findings. The conjunctiva of the right eye was red and edematous. The left eye is normal. Both pupils were 3 mm in diameter and equal in size. Visual acuity, visual field, accommodation, pupillary light reflex were normal for both eyes.

Diagnosis and management. He was diagnosed with bacterial conjunctivitis of the right eye. Chloramphenicol eye drop was prescribed. He was also counselled on proper hygiene.

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LohK. Y. (2012). Conjunctivitis: viral or bacterial? Antibiotic or no antibiotic?. Malaysian Family Physician, 13(3), 1. Retrieved from
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