Minimal. These are steroid eye drops and generally, any steroid eye drop is to be used for a short period of time due to the potential side effects of cataract adn glaucoma formation. However, Lotemax (loteprednol) is unique in thatis has far fewer of these side effects and can be used longer under the direct supervision of an eye doctor.
Glaucoma, cataracts. The main risks associated with topical steroid eye drops are 1) glaucoma and 2) cataracts. If you stay on steroid eye drops for a prolonged time, these risks increase. Also, watch out for eye infections. So it is important to have your eye specialist monitor your eyes periodically while on steroid drops. Lotemax (loteprednol) use is associated with less risk of these complications than other steroid eye drops.
Make infection worse. Lotemax (loteprednol) is steroid eye drop that can worsen a pre-existing viral or fungal infection in the front of the eye. You should contact your doctorimeediately with any increase in eye pain, discharge or vision changes it can cause the pressure inside the eye rise in some patients. This is bad in patients who have glaucoma or are predisposed to glaucoma. Eye pressure should be checked after starting.
Increased pressure. Lotemax (loteprednol) is a corticosteroid, this class of medication is used to reduce ocular inflammation. Corticosteroids drops should not be used during some viral infections of the eye. The risks of corticosteroid eye drops can include increase in eye pressure and acclerated cataract formation. Make sure you follow up with your doctor as directed if you are taking Lotemax (loteprednol) to avoid unwanted problems.
Elevate eye pressure. Although this topical steroid drop was designed to reduce the side effect of elevated intraocular pressure it is still possible . Also long term and frequent use may increase the risk of development of cataracts.
Steroid side effects. Lotemax (loteprednol) is a steroid eyedrop. It can be useful in certain selected conditions. However, long term steroid use (> 2 weeks) may cause development of glaucoma and cataract. Regular followup by your doctor is important to watch the eye pressure. Use the drops as little as possible for as short a time as possible. Stop use if the eye gets worse.