Local delivery of corticosteroids in clinical ophthalmology: a review

Adrian T. Fung, Tuan Tran, Lyndell L. Lim, Chameen Samarawickrama, Jennifer Arnold, Mark Gillies, Caroline Catt, Logan Mitchell, Andrew Symons, Robert Buttery, Lisa Cottee, Krishna Tumuluri, Paul Beaumont

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Locally administered steroids have a long history in ophthalmology for the treatment of inflammatory conditions. Anterior segment conditions tend to be treated with topical steroids whilst posterior segment conditions generally require periocular, intravitreal or systemic administration for penetration. Over recent decades, the clinical applications of periocular steroid delivery have expanded to a wide range of conditions including macular oedema from retino-vascular conditions. Formulations have been developed with the aim to provide practical, targeted, longer-term and more efficacious therapy whilst minimizing side effects. Herein, we provide a comprehensive overview of the types of periocular steroid delivery, their clinical applications in ophthalmology and their side effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-401
Number of pages36
JournalClinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Issue number3
Early online date20 Dec 2019
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020

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  • Fluocinolone acetonide
  • corticosteroid
  • dexamethasone
  • prednisolone acetate
  • triamcinolone acetonide

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