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Eye doc gave me fluorometholone for my dry eyes. I put it in and got a gross taste in back of throat?

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Dr. Clement Cheng
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Tear duct

All topical eye drops can potentially drain through the tear duct system which goes from the inner eye lids to the back of the nose and throat.
This type of drop can have a bitter taste in some patients. You can hold pressure over the naso lacrimal sac for a few minutes after instillation of the drop to prevent the after taste.

In brief: Tear duct

All topical eye drops can potentially drain through the tear duct system which goes from the inner eye lids to the back of the nose and throat.
This type of drop can have a bitter taste in some patients. You can hold pressure over the naso lacrimal sac for a few minutes after instillation of the drop to prevent the after taste.
Dr. Clement Cheng
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Genetic

You have taste sensitivity to steroid.
This is genetically based and occurs in a certain portion of the population. You can minimize this while still getting the effect of the fluorometholone, by squeezing the inner corner of the eye by pinching your nose after you apply the drop. This will prevent the steroid from entering your nose.

In brief: Genetic

You have taste sensitivity to steroid.
This is genetically based and occurs in a certain portion of the population. You can minimize this while still getting the effect of the fluorometholone, by squeezing the inner corner of the eye by pinching your nose after you apply the drop. This will prevent the steroid from entering your nose.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Geoffrey Kwitko
Ophthalmology

In brief: Overkill

Fml (fluorometholone) for dry eyes doesn't sound right.
Are you sure there isn't something else going on? The drops will drain through the lacrimal sac into the nasopharynx and into the back of the throat.

In brief: Overkill

Fml (fluorometholone) for dry eyes doesn't sound right.
Are you sure there isn't something else going on? The drops will drain through the lacrimal sac into the nasopharynx and into the back of the throat.
Dr. Geoffrey Kwitko
Dr. Geoffrey Kwitko
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Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery

In brief: Normal

Fml (fluorometholone) tastes bad when it drains through your tear ducts and down thd back of the throat.

In brief: Normal

Fml (fluorometholone) tastes bad when it drains through your tear ducts and down thd back of the throat.
Dr. Jay Bradley
Dr. Jay Bradley
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Dr. Susan Mathison
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Lacrimal system

The tear duct system (lacrimal) drains from the inner corner of your eye down into your nose.
Once it makes it into your nose, it drains down theback of your throat, so the fluorometholone drops are responsible for the gross taste!

In brief: Lacrimal system

The tear duct system (lacrimal) drains from the inner corner of your eye down into your nose.
Once it makes it into your nose, it drains down theback of your throat, so the fluorometholone drops are responsible for the gross taste!
Dr. Susan Mathison
Dr. Susan Mathison
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