Steroid Eye Drops May Not Be Needed After Cataract Surgery

After cataract surgery, in fact after majority of eye surgeries, a steroid eye drop such as dexamethasone, prednisolone or fluorometholone is used to reduce inflammation caused by the surgery and to promote healing. This post-operative steroid eye drops treatment is used for 4-6 weeks after surgery. It is a bit of inconvenience to the patient to use the eye drops for such a long time. Now to avoid that, a dexamethasone insert is being studied [...]

2017-04-06T20:17:30+00:00 April 6th, 2017|New Advancements, Treatment|0 Comments

Why Tapering Off the Dose of Steroid Eye Drops is Important

Steroids are potent anti-inflammatory drugs which are used for a variety of eye diseases. They produce relatively quicker action and better control of inflammation and prevent serious damage to fragile tissues of the eye. At the same time, steroids cause significant side effects and need to be used judiciously. Additionally, if the use of steroids is stopped suddenly especially after prolonged use, the inflammation could come back. "Don't taper too quickly. Wait until the inflammation is [...]

2016-11-06T14:25:10+00:00 July 5th, 2016|Eye Care, Treatment|1 Comment

Pharmacists Are Not Doctors

In many under-developed and developing countries, it is quite a common practice that a patient who has some eye complaint does not go to a qualified ophthalmologist for proper eye examination. He instead goes to a pharmacist or rather a 'medicine shop' and asks for 'some eye drop' for his eye problem. The pharmacists quite often behave like doctors and provide the patients with treatment of common eye ailments. While in majority of cases no [...]

2016-11-09T18:57:40+00:00 September 1st, 2014|Eye Care, Society, Treatment|0 Comments