A drug may be classified by the chemical type of the active ingredient or by the way it is used to treat a particular condition. Each drug can be classified into one or more drug classes.
Ophthalmic steroids are products specifically designed to be applied in the eyes. These products contain corticosteroids and are available as eye drops, gels, ointments and other forms of ocular applications.
Corticosteroids are extremely effective anti-inflammatory agents and are used to treat inflammation post surgery or due to injury. Or they are used to relieve pain and swelling in the eyes caused by other conditions.
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