Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Blurred vision: This medication may cause your vision to blur temporarily. Do not drive or operate machinery until your vision is clear. If you experience persistent vision changes, contact your doctor.
Contact lenses: Do not wear contact lenses while you are using loteprednol ointment.
Delayed wound healing: The use of corticosteroids such as loteprednol eye ointment may delay wound healing. Your doctor will check your eye(s) to ensure proper healing after surgery.
Eye infections: This medication can increase the chances of getting an eye infection and should not be used if you have an eye infection (see "Who should not use this medication?"). If you develop an eye infection, or new or worsening symptoms, see your doctor as soon as possible.
Glaucoma or increased pressure within the eye: If you have glaucoma or increased pressure within the eye, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Length of treatment: This medication is used for short-term treatment, usually for no longer than 2 weeks. Prolonged use of this medication may cause cataracts or glaucoma. If this medication is used for 10 days or longer, your doctor will monitor the pressure inside your eye regularly.
If you experience any persistent vision problems while using this medication, contact your doctor immediately. If you don't notice an improvement within 2 days of starting treatment, see your doctor.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while using this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if loteprednol passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are using this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children.