Below is a timeline of my eye infection:
Week of 3/24/14: The inner and outer corners of my right eye were really red. My ophthalmologist diagnosed me with viral eye infection and prescribed me TOBRADEX. I used TOBRADEX 3 times a day for the first two days, then 1 time a day for another 3 or 4 days, and then stopped.
Week of 3/31/14: My right eye became red and swollen. I went to see a new ophthalmologist and was told that I just had to wait for my body to fight the virus. No medicine was prescribed.
Week of 4/7/14: My right eye became even more red and swollen and My right face was very swollen as well. The lymph nodes on my right sides were also swollen. On Monday, I was prescribed Lotemax to reduce the inflammation and used it for 2 days, 3 times a day. Then, I noticed a big decrease in vision in my right eye and stopped the medicine. On Friday, my doctor told me that I have EKC and the virus is in my cornea as well. No pseudomembrane was detected. My doctor told me that I have two options: 1. Do not use medication. Wait for the eye to cure on its own, although it will take a long time. 2. Use steroid, but it takes even longer for the problem to be over. I chose not to use any medication.
Week of 4/14/14: Monday, I changed my ophthalmologist again. I went to see a cornea specialist at Weill Cornell ophthalmology. My doctor detected pseudomembrane and removed it. He also told me that I have a lot of corneal infiltrates and I must use Pred Forte eye drop.
EKC and herpetic eye disease don't look alike and should not be confused.