Pred Forte contains Prednisolone Acetate that belongs to Glucocorticoids (a class of steroid hormones). Pred Fore Drops are mainly used to treat steroid responsive inflammation of the palpebral and bulbar conjunctiva, cornea and anterior segment of the globe. Clinical studies have shown that Pred Forte is at least 3 times more potent than hydrocortisone. Generally, it is safe to use Pred Forte eye drops. However, it may cause undesirable effects for some patients. Below is a complete list of commonly reported Pred Forte Side Effects.
List of the Commonly Reported Pred Forte Side Effects
- Increased intraocular pressure
- Optic nerve damage
- Defects in the visual fields
- Posterior subcapsular cataract formation
- Secondary ocular infections from fungi or viruses liberated from ocular tissues
- Perforation of the globe when used in conditions where there is thinning of the cornea or sclera
- Delayed wound healing
- Pred Forte Drops can also cause acute anterior uveitis or perforations of the globe
Mydriasis, loss of accommodation and Ptosis have occasionally been reported following local use of Pred Forte and other corticosteroids. Moreover, systemic side effects may also occur with extensive use of Pred Forte.
When to avoid Pred Forte?
Pred Forte is not recommended for use in the following medical conditions;
- Acute superficial Herpes Simplex
- Other Viral diseases of the Cornea & Conjunctiva
- Fungal Diseases of the eyes
- Ocular Tuberculosis
Use of Pred Forte (and all other pharmaceutical preparations that contain steroid medications) in the treatment of patients with a history of herpes simplex requires caution. Frequent mandatory slit-lamp microscopy is strongly recommended.