We've been experiencing some health issues at the Gunbunny household as of late. My children have contracted conjunctivitis from a friend of theirs and I'm trying to keep it at bay. Besides the unusual spate of hand washing and keeping them from touching their (and eachothers) faces, I decided to try an old method. Knowing that conjunctivitis will burn itself out, I thought the best thing to do is keep their eyes clean and as free from pain and itching as possible, and let it run it's course. Not so; I called the local pharmacies to locate some pain relieving eye drops, and found out they don't carry any such drops anymore. They want you to go to the doctor for an antibiotic. So, after talking to my mother, she recommended Boric Acid. Also to no avail. The pharmacies won't sell it to you, because you are too stupid to prepare an eyewash yourself. They want you to go to the doctor for an antibiotic instead. I located some Boric Acid on Amazon, but a relative found some in their medicine cabinet, along with the eyewash glass. I looked at the container, and the price tag said it was .91 cents. It had to be thirty years old. Boric Acid is Boric Acid, a pretty weak acid at that. I mixed a batch for myself and Mrs Gunbunny according to the directions- 1 1/2 teaspoon in a half pint of previously boiled water. It took a lot of time to dissolve, but went a little faster when I swished the container around gently. I filled the eye cup half full and while leaning over a sink, put the cup to my eye and tilted my head back. It didn't hurt, actually it was less of a pain than using Visene or saline. The Misses and I used the eyecup and Boric acid. So far, we are two weeks into not contracting conjunctivitis. So far so good, as pinkeye can be contagious for two weeks after signs dissipate. The directions were not (strangely enough) specific and actually devoid of information on dosing. I decided to dose once a day to keep the pinkeye away.