Ozurdex comes as a tiny, rod-shaped implant that is injected directly into the eye. The implant contains dexamethasone, a corticosteroid ("steroid") medication.
As the implant slowly dissolves in the eye, it releases dexamethasone. Like other steroid medicines, dexamethasone reduces inflammation. Because the implant dissolves inside the eye, it does not need to be removed.
Ozurdex is not approved for use in children (usually defined as people younger than 18 years old). It has not been studied in this age group.
Can Older Adults Use It?Ozurdex can be used in older adults. Older adults are expected to respond to, and tolerate, this medication the same as other age groups.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than the conditions described in this article. This would be known as an "off-label" use. For example, using Ozurdex to treat diabetic macular edema is an off-label use.