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.
Contamination: To prevent contamination of the eye drops and ointment, avoid touching the dropper or ointment tip to the eye, skin, or any other surface.
Prolonged use: Prolonged use of this medication can cause eye problems such as glaucoma, optic nerve damage, vision problems, cataracts, and perforation of the cornea. Prolonged used may also increase the risk of fungal and bacterial eye infections. If this medication is used for more than 10 days, your doctor will check your eyes routinely.
Soft contact lenses: The preservative used in dexamethasone eye drops can affect soft contact lenses. Do not instill the eye drops while wearing soft contact lenses. Wait 10 minutes after instilling the drops before inserting soft contact lenses.
Pregnancy: Dexamethasone eye drops and ointment should only be used during pregnancy if the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while using this medication, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Breast-feeding: It is not known whether this medication (when used in the eye) passes into breast milk. If you are breast-feeding, talk to your doctor about whether or not you should use this medication.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of this medication have not been established for children.