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    Default Anyone Use Neosporin in the Eyes?

    Anyone use regular (no steroid, no pain relief) neosporin in the eyes when the opthalmic antibiotic ointment is not available?



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    No. And I wouldn't either.
    "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." ~Immanuel Kant


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    No but my vet it was okay if it was used on cuts around the eye. Also mentioned it was safe if it melted into the eye.
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    ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!

    Has an equine vet advised you to use this?? I think not. If you have a horse with an eye problem, call your vet. Don't go willy-nilly self-medicating - especially with eye problems. This is NOT the time to be cheap. Good grief.


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    Definitely not


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    According to an equine ophthalmologist of my acquaintance, the answer is no.
    "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

    ...just settin' on the Group W bench.


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    Ummm no. Would you put it in your eye?
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    We've used polysporin eye drops in a horses eye, the same kind you would use on your own eyes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Danier View Post
    We've used polysporin eye drops in a horses eye, the same kind you would use on your own eyes.
    It is still SERIOUSLY DISCOURAGED to put ANYTHING into a horse's eye unless approved by an equine veterinarian. Eyes are serious stuff, & can be damaged by what many folks would consider "mild" stuff - steroidal or not.

    Honestly - why would you [mess] around with your horse's eye?? Want to be cheap? Find another way to do it; not with an eye problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danier View Post
    We've used polysporin eye drops in a horses eye, the same kind you would use on your own eyes.
    Polysporin eye drops are formulated for ocular administration.
    Neosporin topical ointment is not.
    "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

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    Interesting. My vet did prescribe it last year when I had a horse that scratched his eye. He said it turns out that the difference is the insert and the price tag.
    If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket



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    Quote Originally Posted by rabicon View Post
    Ummm no. Would you put it in your eye?

    Because it seems I care more about my animals and kids than myself - I would NEVER put it in their eyes but; yes, I have put it in my own.......
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    My husband got Neosporine in his eye accidentally many years ago, and I had to take him to the emergency clinic to get it flushed out. It caused serious eye pain. Really scary incident.
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    ONCE AGAIN - Unless you've had the foresight &/or intelligence to have your vet look at your horse's eye problem, you're frankly [foolish] to treat it yourself.
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    NO. Call the vet or get a product for use in human eyes until you do call the vet, first thing on Monday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doublesstable View Post
    Because it seems I care more about my animals and kids than myself - I would NEVER put it in their eyes but; yes, I have put it in my own.......
    Omg seriously lol. Did it not screw up your eye? I have heard from Drs that not to put it in or around your eye. Idk Your like me though. I'd experiment on myself before my animals lol
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    I'm pretty sure the OP meant the Neosporin Ophtalmic ointment and not the other types of neosporin.

    I don't know if I would put that in my horse's eye without the vet consent but this ointment is surely meant to be put in eyes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by alibi_18 View Post
    I'm pretty sure the OP meant the Neosporin Ophtalmic ointment and not the other types of neosporin.

    I don't know if I would put that in my horse's eye without the vet consent but this ointment is surely meant to be put in eyes.
    No, I'm pretty sure we're talking about the OTC first aid ointment.

    I definitely would not use anything in the eye without a vet looking at it first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rabicon View Post
    Omg seriously lol. Did it not screw up your eye? I have heard from Drs that not to put it in or around your eye. Idk Your like me though. I'd experiment on myself before my animals lol

    I used to get eye infections often. I ran out of the drs scrip stuff and felt desperate.. Used the triple antibiotic "Neosporin" in thee ole eye and I was fine. I actually used it for a few days and the infection went away. (Knocking on wood) and I haven't had another infection since. This was over a year ago.

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    The main issue (though there are many) is that neosporin isn't made to be sterile enough for use in an eye - so you would risk making the infection worse by irritating the cornea and possibly introducing even more contamination into it.

    When it comes to the eyes, all medications must be exclusively made to administer into the eye. Eyes are very fragile.



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