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what are the side effects of steroid eye drops?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
They include: increased risk or worsening of infection, increased intraocular pressure and formation of cataracts. Steroid eye drops should only be used under the direction of a ophthalmologist.
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Steroid drops: Long term, high dose steroid drop use (such as pred forte or durezol) increase risk of cataract formation & glaucoma (or nerve damage from high intraocular eye pressure IOP). Short term, low dose steroid use has little risk of doing this, but if on it longer than 3-4 wks, an eyeMD should check your IOP. More info at [email protected]

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A 36-year-old female asked:

Do you have to taper off steroid eye drops?

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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
No: No, but with most conditions it is recommended and you do taper, otherwise you may get recurrence of the condition you were treating. I most cases, the patient feels well from the condition and they stop steroid drops before the condition is completely resolved and the condition slowly worsens again like it came back, but in reality it was never completely gone.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how doctors use steroid eye drops?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Control inflammation: Steroid drops are commonly prescribed for eye problems. This includes non-infectious inflammation of the surface of the eye, a variety of inflammations inside the eye including many things at the back of the eye. They are also used frequently after many types of eye surgery. As they have side effects they should only be used under care of an ophthalmologist.
A 36-year-old member asked:

It's okay to use other eye drops while I'm on steroid eye drops right?

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Which other eyedrops: What did your ophthalmologist recommend? Depends what's in the other eye drops? List ingredients and name, and we can assist! If it contains more steroids, the answer is,'No!' If it's lubricating drops or artificial tears without preservatives, the answer is, 'Yes!'
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A 28-year-old female asked:

What are steroid eye drops used for?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Anti-inflammatory: Steroid eyedrops are a mainstay of eye therapy. Without them corneal transplants would be difficult. They treat a variety of inflammations of the eye surface like allergies, certain types of trauma, various degenerative diseases and internal inflammations such as uveitis. They come in various strengths and some are mixed with antibiotics. There usefulness is beyond question.

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