Why would a doctor prescribe prednisolone eye drops?

www.healthline.comPrednisolone eye drops are a steroid drug applied to the eyes. Steroids change how your immune system response to inflammation and irritation.

Doctors prescribe steroids for a variety of reasons, and I drop form, they are used to:

  1. Reduce inflammation after I surgery.
  2. Treat Uveitis.
  3. Minimize damage after injury.
  4. To treat redness
  5. To treat irritation that is not from infection, but from irritants such as chemicals heat, allergies or objects in the eye.
  6. To prevent the body rejecting a corneal graft.
  7. To reduce scarring.

Balancing the benefits and risks of steroids is vital to ocular health. Each patient’s circumstances must be factored into the treatment plan. There are many different steroid eye drops, for many different uses and results. The dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Prednisolone eye drops are only to be used as instructed by your doctor.

As with all medications there are possible side effects associated as well as other drug interactions so be sure to communicate any reactions to your Physician.

Using this medication for longer than 10 days can increase your risk of increased intraocular pressure (IOP), among other adverse reactions. Your doctor will want to monitor IOP on a more frequent schedule for use longer than 10 days.

A patient should not just stop the use of this medication. Patients should be weaned off of steroid use by slowly decreasing the dose one day to the next.

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Sources:

www.healthline.com

www.aao.org

www.verywellhealth.com

www.webmd.com

 

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