Prednisolone - ophthalmic

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Prednisolone is used to treat inflammation of the eyes (red and painful) that is not caused by infection.
How do I use this medicine?
Use Prednisolone exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.

How to use the eye drop solution:
  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before using the eye drops.
  2. If you are using the suspension, shake the bottle well before using.
  3. Tilt your head slightly backwards. With the index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye to form a pouch. Look upward and instill the required number of drops inside the lower eyelid.
  4. Close your eyes and blink a few times to cover your eye with the liquid.
  5. Close your eyelids and gently press on the inner corner of the eyelid for 3 minutes. It will help to stop the solution from draining into your nose and throat.
  6. Wipe any excess liquid from your face with a clean tissue.
  7. Replace and tighten the cap of the bottle.
Do not allow the tip of the dropper of this medicine to touch your eyes, eyelids or any other surface. Recap the eye drop immediately after use. If the eye drop becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eyes.

If you have been given any other eye drops or medicines to be used together with Prednisolone, wait for at least 5 minutes before using the other medicine.

Do not share your eye drop with anyone else.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to use your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • eye infection caused by herpes virus
  • persistent eye infection
  • fungal infection of the eye
  • tuberculosis of the eye
  • glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye)
  • other viral infection in the eyes
as Prednisolone may not be suitable for you.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • thinning of tissues in the eye
  • history of herpes simplex keratitis (viral infection of the eye)
  • have undergone cataract surgery
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving Prednisolone eye drops to a child.

If you are wearing soft contact lenses, remove it before using Prednisolone eye drops. Wait for at least 15 minutes before reinserting your lenses.

If you are using Prednisolone Eye Drops for 10 days or more, you may need to have your eye pressure monitored. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have your eyes checked.
What side effects could I experience?
Prednisolone may cause blurred vision. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to see clearly.

Other side effects include any of the following: eye irritation, pain and infection, thinning of tissue in the eye, increased pressure in the eye (glaucoma), eye nerve damage, and formation of white cloudy image on pupil of the eyes (cataract).

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I use this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking or using any of these medicines:
  • medicines for fits or seizures e.g. phenobarbital, carbamazepine, phenytoin
  • cobicistat-containing products (medicine used for HIV infection)
  • medicines used for viral eye infection e.g. aciclovir
  • salicylates (medicines for inflammation, pain, fever and blood thinning)
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Prednisolone.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store the bottle in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Do not freeze it.

Keep the bottle in the original package after use to protect from light.

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date.

Throw away any remaining eye drops 4 weeks after opening. Mark the date of opening on the eye drop bottle so that you know when the bottle was opened.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on prednisolone - ophthalmic and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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