Dexamethasone implant (Into the eye)


Dexamethasone (dex-a-METH-a-sone)

Treats macular edema and uveitis. This medicine is a corticosteroid.

Brand Name(s)


When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

How to Use This Medicine


  • An eye doctor will give you this medicine in a hospital or clinic setting. This medicine is an implant that is placed in your eye. It will stay in your eye and does not need to be removed.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have any other eye problems (such as glaucoma or cataracts), or a history of herpes infection of the eye.
  • Your doctor will check your progress and the effects of this medicine at regular visits. Keep all appointments.
  • This medicine may lead to serious eye problems such as infection, inflammation, glaucoma, a detached retina, or cataracts. Tell your eye doctor right away if you have vision changes or eye redness, light sensitivity, or pain. Also, tell your doctor if you feel increased pressure or pain in your eye. These conditions may cause vision loss if left untreated.
  • This medicine may cause temporary blurred vision. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you, or if you cannot see well.
  • This implant could move into a different part of your eye if the back part of your lens is missing or torn. Not all patients have this problem, and your doctor should talk to you if this is a problem for your specific situation.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Bleeding in your eyes, redness in the whites of your eyes
  • Blindness or loss of vision
  • Blurred vision, seeing halos around lights, sensitivity to light
  • Eye pain

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Headache

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last reviewed on 8/4/2014

A.D.A.M., Inc. is accredited by URAC, also known as the American Accreditation HealthCare Commission ( URAC's accreditation program is an independent audit to verify that A.D.A.M. follows rigorous standards of quality and accountability. A.D.A.M. is among the first to achieve this important distinction for online health information and services. Learn more about A.D.A.M.'s editorial policy, editorial process and privacy policy. A.D.A.M. is also a founding member of Hi-Ethics and subscribes to the principles of the Health on the Net Foundation (

The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. © 1997- 2013 A.D.A.M., Inc. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.