Fluorometholone - ophthalmic

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Fluorometholone helps relieve inflammation of eye.
How do I use this medicine?
Instill Fluorometholone eye drop exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more or less than instructed by the doctor.

This medicine is available as eye drop suspension or eye ointment.

To use the eye drop suspension:
  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before using the eye drop.
  2. 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. Gently close your eyes and do not blink for the next 30 seconds.
  5. Wipe any excess liquid from your face with a clean tissue.
  6. Replace and tighten the cap of the bottle.

 To use the eye ointment:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before applying the eye ointment.
  2. With your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from the eye. Place the ointment tube directly over your eyes and squeeze the tube gently to apply ½ inch ribbon of ointment along the inside of the lower eyelid.
  3. Gently close your eyes and keep them closed for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Wipe any excess ointment from the eyelids and lashes with a clean tissue. With another clean tissue, wipe the tip of the tube clean.
  5. Replace and tighten the cap of the tube.
  6. Wash your hands to remove any medication.

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 another eye drop to be used together with Fluorometholone, wait for at least 5 minutes before applying the second eye drop.

Do not share your eye drop or eye ointment with anyone else.

What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Instill 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 to make up for a missed dose.

If you often forget to use your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not use Fluorometholone if you ever had an allergic reaction (e.g. rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to this medicine or other anti-inflammatory medicines such as prednisolone.

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • viral, bacterial or fungal infection of the eyes
  • herpes infection of the eyes
  • any untreated “red eye”

as Fluorometholone 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:
  • glaucoma
  • history of eye infection
  • recent cataract surgery
If you are wearing soft contact lenses, remove it before using Fluorometholone eye drop or eye ointment. Wait for at least 15 minutes before reinserting your lenses.

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you are using Fluorometholone for 10 days or more, you may need to have your eye pressure monitored. Your doctor will advise you if you need this monitoring and about how often you need to have it done.
What side effects could I experience?
You may experience some problems with your eyesight, such as blurred vision. Always keep your doctor updated of any changes in your eyesight. If you cannot see clearly, avoid driving and any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects may include any of the following: eye irritation, burning and stinging of the eye, eye itch or pain, eyelid swelling, and eye discharge, swelling or redness.

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?
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 below 25°C, away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past 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 to discard it.

Do not freeze.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on fluorometholone - 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 © 2020 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com
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