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Ozurdex® (dexamethasone intravitreal implant) is a prescription eye medication used to treat the following conditions:
 
  • Macular edema (swelling) from retinal vein occlusion (RVO), which is a blockage of the vein that carries blood out of the eye
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  • Swelling of the uvea (the middle layer of the eye), medically known as uveitis.
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Ozurdex comes as a tiny, rod-shaped implant that is injected directly into the eye. It does not need to be removed because the implant dissolves inside the eye. The active ingredient in the implant is dexamethasone, which is a corticosteroid ("steroid") drug.
 
Most people tolerate this medication well; however, it can cause side effects, including blurred vision, increased pressure within the eye, and bleeding of the eye. Also, make sure your healthcare provider has information about other medications, vitamins, or supplements you are using before receiving the implant.
 
(For more information on this medication, click Ozurdex. This article tells you what you need to know about how Ozurdex works, other potential side effects, how it performed in clinical trials, and more.)
 
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