Fluocinolone ophthalmic Side Effects
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on May 14, 2022.
Commonly reported side effects of fluocinolone ophthalmic include: decreased visual acuity, glaucoma, and increased intraocular pressure. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.
For the Consumer
Applies to fluocinolone ophthalmic: intraocular implant
Side effects requiring immediate medical attention
Along with its needed effects, fluocinolone ophthalmic may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking fluocinolone ophthalmic:
- bloody eye
- blurred vision
- burning, dry, or itching eyes
- change in color vision
- decreased vision
- difficulty seeing at night
- discharge or excessive tearing
- increased sensitivity of the eyes to sunlight
- redness, pain, or swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
- seeing flashes or sparks of light
- seeing floating spots before the eyes, or a veil or curtain appearing across part of vision
Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention
Some side effects of fluocinolone ophthalmic may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.
Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
- Feeling of having something in the eye
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to fluocinolone ophthalmic: intravitreal implant
Very common (10% or more): Cataract (82%), cataract operation (up to 80%), increased intraocular pressure (up to 34%), myodesopsia (21%), eye pain (15%), conjunctival hemorrhage (13%)
Common (1% to 10%): Glaucoma, vitreous hemorrhage, conjunctival hemorrhage, blurred vision, reduced visual acuity, vitreous floaters, trabeculectomy, vitrectomy, trabeculoplasty, eye irritation, conjunctivitis, corneal edema, foreign body sensation in eyes, ocular hyperemia, ocular discomfort, photophobia, anterior chamber cell, blepharitis, choroidal detachment, diplopia, hyphema
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Endophthalmitis, retinal vascular occlusion, optic nerve disorder, maculopathy, optic atrophy, conjunctival ulcer, iris neovascularization, retinal exudates, vitreous degeneration, vitreous detachment, posterior capsule opacification, iris adhesion, sclera thinning, eye discharge, eye pruritus, removal of extruded implant from sclera[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Extrusion of implant, implant in line of sight, procedural complication, procedural pain, device dislocation[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Headache (33%)
Common (1% to 10%): Rash[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Anemia (11%)[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Renal failure[Ref]
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Related treatment guides
1. "Product Information. Retisert (fluocinolone ophthalmic)." Bausch and Lomb (2005):
2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
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