Dexamethasone Ophthalmic Solution is a prescription medication used by veterinarians for treating inflammatory conditions of the eye in dogs and cats. This corticosteroid also aids in the treatment of inflammation, burning, and redness of the ear. Dexamethasone Ophthalmic Solution is often given in combination with an antibiotic, like Tobramycin, to treat inflammatory eye conditions in your pet, or alone for controlling excessive fluid in the brain.
The medication is not recommended for pets with known allergies to dexamethasone. It should be used with caution in animals with ophthalmic infections, glaucoma, and corneal abrasions. Do not use the medication, if the pet is showing signs of herpes virus infection. Avoid contact of the dropper tip with the pet's eye or the owner's hand as this could contaminate the medication. Store the medication at room temperature.
There are no serious side-effects observed with the usage of dexamethasone ophthalmic solution. More commonly, temporary stinging, burning sensation, itching, redness, and blurred vision are observed. If the irritation persists, it is advised to consult with the veterinarian or pharmacist. Vision may be temporarily blurred for a few moments after application.
Your vet will set the dosage depending upon the condition and its severity, but it is normally given 4-6 times a day by dropping into the eye or ear. Be careful not to touch the affected area with the dropper, the bottle, or your hands to avoid cross-contamination.