I work with children and have spent a small fortune over the years on those tiny tubes of prescription cream. Then a co-worker from England told me he never heard of anyone using a prescription for eye infection. He said everyone in England just washes with salt water at the first sign of infection. Sure enough, I've staved off a couple of eye infections by rinsing my eye liberally with my normal saline solution. (Do it in the shower, it's messy.) The first sign, for me, is the runny eye. It runs clear the first day or so and then gets thicker and whitish. Before it gets any further, use the saline to wash away the infection!