Chloramphenicol is an excellent agent to treat sore eyes. Chloramphenicol is used for eye infections, IF that is what is actually the problem. Please make sure you have seen a MECS Optometrist before use.
And do read the instructions for use on the topical medication. If it says use for x days and if no better seek advise, then do so.
Yesterday I examined a patient with a very sore eye, had been using Chloramphenicol for 4 weeks, eye not getting better. In fact it was getting worse. When he eventually consulted me he had a perforated cornea. Could all have been avoided if further advise had been sought after a few days of little or no improvement.
MECS Optometrists are here to help out and advise on sore and red eyes.