oa CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Astute and safe use of topical ocular corticosteroids in general practice : practical guidelines

Volume 31, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Corticosteroids are the most effective way to treat ocular inflammation. They relieve symptoms rapidly and often prevent permanent damage. These medications, however, must be used with caution, as use of steroid-containing topical drops can lead to serious side-effects. In situations where resources are limited it is often difficult to decide if steroids can be given safely. The purpose of this article is to briefly review the most important features of topical steroids and provide a practical and safe guideline for their use in general practice.

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