What is prednisolone ophthalmic?
Prednisolone ophthalmic (for the eyes) is a steroid medicine used to treat eye inflammation caused by allergies, severe acne, shingles (herpes zoster), eye injury, chemical burns, or certain other conditions.
Prednisolone ophthalmic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use prednisolone if you have an eye infection (including herpes simplex).
Before taking this medicine
You should not use prednisolone if you are allergic to it, or if you have an eye infection (including herpes simplex).
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- glaucoma; or
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
You should not breast-feed while using prednisolone ophthalmic.
Prednisolone ophthalmic is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
How should I take prednisolone ophthalmic?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Shake the eye drops well just before each use.
Wash your hands before using eye medication.
Tilt your head back slightly and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper above the eye and squeeze a drop into this pocket. Close your eyes for 1 or 2 minutes.
Use only the number of drops your doctor has prescribed.
Do not touch the tip of the eye dropper or place it directly on your eye. A contaminated dropper can infect your eye, which could lead to serious vision problems.
Do not use while wearing soft contact lenses. A preservative in prednisolone could permanently stain the lenses. Use the medicine at least 15 minutes before inserting your contact lenses.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 days of treatment.
If you use this medicine for longer than 10 days, you may need frequent vision tests to check the pressure inside your eyes.
Store this medicine in an upright position at room temperature. Do not freeze.
You should not stop using this medicine suddenly. Follow your doctor’s instructions about tapering your dose.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Use the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
An overdose of prednisolone ophthalmic is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.
What should I avoid while taking prednisolone ophthalmic?
Do not share prednisolone with another person, even if they have the same symptoms you have.
Prednisolone ophthalmic side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
- small white or yellow patches on the surface of your eye;
- pain behind your eyes; or
- signs of eye infection–swelling, redness, severe discomfort, crusting or drainage.
Common side effects may include:
- mild stinging, burning, or irritation in your eyes.
What other drugs will affect prednisolone ophthalmic?
Medicine used in the eyes is not likely to be affected by other drugs you use. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.