A popular eye drop used to limit infection and reduce inflammation of the eye. The drop is a combination drug containing two different medicines. Tobramycin is an antibiotic good for treating infections and decreasing bacterial load around the eyelids. Dexamethasone is a steroid used for decreasing inflammation. A competing eye drop with similar action is called Zylet.  There is a generic available for Tobradex, but it isn’t as cheap as one would expect. We will sometimes prescribe Maxitrol instead – it is very inexpensive, but a little harsh on the eye and not tolerated well by everyone (especially with prolonged use).

Dr. Timothy Root is a practicing ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon in Daytona Beach, Florida. His books, video lectures, and training resources can be found at:


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