Which medications in the drug class Ophthalmic Corticosteroids are used in the treatment of Psoriasis?

Updated: Nov 20, 2020
  • Author: Jacquiline Habashy, DO, MSc; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Ophthalmic Corticosteroids

Ophthalmic corticosteroids treat conjunctival, corneal, and anterior chamber inflammation. These agents help control infiltration and delay vascularization. Care must be taken with long-term use because of concerns about infection with viruses such as herpes simplex or fungal infections.

Prednisolone acetate ophthalmic (Pred Forte, Pred Mild, Omnipred)

Prednisolone decreases inflammation by suppressing migration of polymorphonuclear leukocytes and reversing increased capillary permeability.

In cases of bacterial infections, concomitant use of anti-infective agents is mandatory; if signs and symptoms do not improve after 2 days, reevaluate patient. Dosing may be reduced, but advise patients not to discontinue therapy prematurely.

Dexamethasone ophthalmic (Maxidex, Ozurdex)

Dexamethasone is used for various allergic and inflammatory diseases. It decreases inflammation by suppressing migration of polymorphonuclear leukocytes and reducing capillary permeability.


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