I have had severe red (whites of the eyes) irritated, very light sensititve and sometimes painful eyes for two years... seen many eye specalists and no real answers, tried many different types of drops and no help at all... the only thing that has helped is Pred Forte drops and I have tried many times to wean off slowly without any success... the eyes get redder and redder, more painful and unbearable.. I am currently trying just to put them in once daily, each eye... the doctor checks pressures often, etc... My eye sight so far is good thank God. I know it can't be good using these steriod drops long term.
Pred Forte should not be given long term! You are experiencing rebound effects from the steroid. When you stop taking after this long you will have rebound redness and sensitivity worse than ever. Once you have weaned to one drop once a day that is as far as you can wean. You will just have to stop and do the best you can until they are better. You have to stop and ride out the pain. Use regular lubricating drops to help-get the non preservative kind and then you can use as often as you want. Give yourself a time to quit when you can be home in a dim room and are able to keep the eyes closed as much as you can. Eyes heal pretty fast when you keep them closed. It may take a few days but it will get better. Good Luck!
My God LJA, you have the choice of going to a real Dr. or going blind! Do you think it is worth the money? GO TO AN OPHALMOLOGIST! A real MD who specializes in eyes. Who are you going to now?? The "Dr." who gives you eye exams? He tried to tell you to go to a real Dr., but go tothe Ophthalmologist, not the family Dr. You have what is called eyeitis or Uveitis (same thing). If you keep messing around with it you will go blind!!
Hi. I have a similar problem, only I'm on the 1% which I've been on for 3 yrs, and had cataract surg as a result of the drops. The opthamologist says I need to be on them "long term" basically forever I guess. My situation I think is related to Lyme related problems which haven't been officially diagnosed, as it's hard to diagnose, and the conventional treatment for lyme is poor at best when you have had it for a long time. However, I'm being treated holistically, with some improvement. I just have to keep reading. I've been told that the GAPS diet can help. but I don't have the time or discipline to do it wholeheartedly, but have cut out most carbs and sugar and are doing more green juicing. All these seem to help some, but am still on the drops. The Opthamologist didn't even mentioned the .12% drops, as a way of going from the 1% to the .12%. I was taking the 1% every other day, then my eyes seemed to be worse, so now I'm back up to every day.
I couldn't believe what I was reading as I have had an almost exactly the same problem with my eyes. I am retired now but worked as a Registered Nurse for 32 years and never saw a patient with a similar problem. I was never on Pred Forte, but was on 2 other opthalmic steroids, named Fluorometholone and Lotemax. The last opthalmologist I saw one month ago who is a Cornea specialist attributes my problem to my dog pet dander as my dog sleeps on my bed. It is not an option to get rid of my 8 year old Jack Russel Terrier. I am washing bed linen in hot water to try to kill the microorganism he saw there 3 weeks ago. He also put me on bacitracin opthalmic ointment which now I believe I am allergic to. I am saving this testimony to try to learn from it. I am also going to buy new bedding, which i have to do anyway.
- Pred Forte Information for Consumers
- Pred Forte Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Pred Forte (detailed)
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