Fluorometholone, simply known as FML Forte is a medication that is used to treat eye conditions that are caused as a result of inflammation or injury. It is a corticosteroid that is commonly used to treat problems that concern the eye and eyelids.
How it works
Although it is not precisely known how this medication works, researchers state that it works by reducing inflammation since the medication belongs to the class of corticosteroids.
The medication is mainly use to treat vision problems and issues that are concerned with the eyelids. If you experience any of the following in your eye, then this medication might help.
Do not use the medication just because you are experiencing the aforementioned effects. They could also occur as a result of a more severe illness. Therefore, it is best to consult your physician before usage to ensure that you are using it for the correct diagnosis.
The medication, similar to any other eye medication, is used in the form of eye drops. Before applying the medicine, make sure to wash your hands well. You need to remove your contact lenses – if you wear any – and wait for at least 15 minutes before you put them back. Shake the container well before use. Do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye. This will prevent any possible contamination. Tilt your head back, look up and pull the lower eyelid. Hold the dropper directly over your eye and put in one drop for each eye. Gently close your eyes and keep them that way for 1-3 minutes.
You might experience the following side effects when using this medication on a long-term basis.
Soreness in the eye
Swelling and itchiness in the eye
You might also experience allergic reactions such as swelling of the face, rashes, difficulty in breathing and hives. It is best to consult your physician in case of these side effects since they can severely affect your vision if not treated at the correct time.
Do not wear contact lenses when using this medication since the preservatives in the medication can be absorbed by the medication.
If you are using any other type of drops or ointments for your eye, wait at least for 10 minutes before you apply them.
Do not use the medication longer than what is prescribed. Overusing will not accelerate the results but will only increase the risk of side effects.
If the drops change color, it means that it is contaminated. In this case, stop using it immediately since using contaminated medication can cause infection and even result in loss of vision.
Do not rub, scratch or even touch your eyes after applying the drops since it can affect the effectiveness of the medication and result in itchiness or swelling.
If you wish to avoid the negative side effects of this medication, see that you follow the above mentioned precautionary methods.
Remember that in order to make this medication work, you must use it on a regular basis. Do not miss your doses or overuse it since it can result in severe complications. You can make the process simpler by setting a reminder to apply the drops at the same time every day.
If you are not seeing any changes or feel like your vision is worsening, you must contact your healthcare provider immediately to reverse the effects.