Ciprofloxacin Eye Drop Uses
Ciprofloxacin ophthalmic (Ciloxan®) is a prescription drug commonly used for the treatment of certain bacterial infections of the eye. There are two forms of this medication available: liquid eye drops and an eye ointment.
Specifically, approved uses of the ciprofloxacin ophthalmic eye drops include treating bacterial conjunctivitis (also known as "pink eye") and corneal ulcers. The ointment is only approved for treating bacterial conjunctivitis. Neither form of this eye medicine is approved for treating viral eye infections, such as viral conjunctivitis or ocular (eye) herpes.
Ciprofloxacin ophthalmic eye drops are approved for use in children as young as one year old, while the ointment is approved for children as young as two years old. Although there are concerns about possible bone, joint, or tendon problems with the use of oral fluoroquinolones (including ciprofloxacin ophthalmic) in children, topical use in the eyes is believed to be safe.
(Click What Is Ciprofloxacin Ophthalmic Used For? to learn more about other uses of this eye medicine, including possible off-label uses. This article also describes how this antibiotic works.)