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Topical steroid
 
IN BRIEF

Steroid eyedrops are sometimes used as a short-term treatment for dry eye.

 
DISCUSSION

The current trend in dry eye treatment tends to put heavy emphasis on inflammatory processes which may be causing dry eye. It is not uncommon for patients with moderate to severe symptoms to be given a short course of steroids before moving on to other treatments. Additionally, some doctors are using topical steroids in conjunction with Restasis.

Steroid eyedrops must be used cautiously, with regular monitoring of the intraocular pressure by the doctor, because of the risk of elevated intraocular pressure.

 
examples

Pred Forte, Fluorometholone (FML), Lotemax, Alrex, Vexol

 
links and references

EXTERNAL LINK: Review of Optometry, May 2002 article

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