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Steroids in the eye? Are they safe to use?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 15, 2012 at 6:16 AM

I have inflammation in my right eye. I've tried multiple supplements, nutritional (Paleo) diet/eating, eye drops, etc. and the only thing that has gotten rid the pinguecula (inflammation) in my right eye has been steroid eye drops.

Are they safe to use short term or long term?

Do they heal the eye or just mask the symptoms?

What do I need to know about steroids?

Any helpful information is greatly appreciated.

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on March 28, 2014
at 12:18 PM

@Riveted are you taking ALREX? I have some kind of eye inflammation/dry eye. My optometrist recommended ALREX. I'm debating between taking them vs. just waiting for winter to end to see if it resolves on its own.

I've never had this until this winter, it was due to contact lenses (which I've stopped wearing)

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on January 16, 2012
at 11:22 PM

Reminds me of my inhaled steroids. After I kicked out the initial problem I can just take them for one or two days after it's been triggered (usually viral for me). No more problems, sick maybe one day this past year instead of four months with a very small amount of meds.

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on January 15, 2012
at 06:48 PM

@ cerement...more like diminish the bodies response in those cases.

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on January 15, 2012
at 01:16 PM

I have these too!

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on January 15, 2012
at 10:44 AM

Have the steroid eye drops got ridden of your pinguecula? I have them & my sister does too (she has diagnosed hypothyroidism).

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on January 15, 2012
at 07:43 AM

This sounds more like something that your doctor should have covered before prescribing the drops. Other than that, steroids are usually neither a masker nor a cure, but used to boost the bodies own response when other options are limited - very commonly used this way in cases of poison oak or ivy when the patient has a histamine response.

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on January 16, 2012
at 05:53 PM

I have recurrent uveitis, which is an autoimmune-related inflammation of the eye. I take steroid drops as soon as I feel it coming on...without hesitation. Usually the steroid concentration in eye drops is so mild that their effect is very localized with no systemic impact. Doesn't matter though...the pain and inflammation is so bad in my case that I would take the drops no matter what.

Small, short-term dose that fixes a really bad problem - it's a no-brainer for me.

C8b2136ef95ba6aac211825ff38cc0e9

(971)

on January 16, 2012
at 11:22 PM

Reminds me of my inhaled steroids. After I kicked out the initial problem I can just take them for one or two days after it's been triggered (usually viral for me). No more problems, sick maybe one day this past year instead of four months with a very small amount of meds.

032b342bc20e78d74f3954af570c6258

(50)

on March 28, 2014
at 12:18 PM

@Riveted are you taking ALREX? I have some kind of eye inflammation/dry eye. My optometrist recommended ALREX. I'm debating between taking them vs. just waiting for winter to end to see if it resolves on its own.

I've never had this until this winter, it was due to contact lenses (which I've stopped wearing)

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on January 16, 2012
at 05:11 PM

They reduce your immune system response, not boost. I do not know about eye problems, but steroids for my lung problem were a lifesaver for me, I had inflammation 4+ months out of each year. Finding the source of my problem and working on that would have taken a long time considering the inflammation cycle I was in, and breathing is important (as is stopping possible eye damage caused by your own body). I was able to stop using the steroids b/c the inflammation cycle I was in was interrupted by dampening it for a short time with the medication. I think your biggest question should be "how long do I need to take these?" Long term steroids can cause major immune system problems, whereas in the short term they can be very helpful. I am grateful for medical science in the handling of acute problems. Again....I don't know about eyes tho.

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on January 16, 2012
at 04:38 PM

No they aren't safe long term (>6mo). For starters, they suppress your immune system, which isn't all that great in the eye to begin with due to lack of access to the lymphatic system. More importantly, though, is that they increase IOP which increases risk for glaucoma. Your Optho can monitor it at least. Better to identify the underlying cause and treat that but if that can't be done it may be the least of all evils.

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on January 16, 2012
at 12:01 AM

I can't answer your question about steroids, but if you want a more Paleo way to cure your inflammation, find a mam who is nursing & ask her to express some breastmilk for you.

Wierd, but true.

Breastmilk great antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties & all the mamas I know swear by it for inflamed eyes. You can keep it in the fridge for a few days & freeze for months, but I don't know if it affects the properties I mentioned.

From Wiki: Breast milk has been used as a home remedy for minor ailments, such as conjunctivitis, insect bites and stings, contact dermatitis, and infected wounds, burns, and abrasions.

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