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Is fluorometholone ,1% the drug of choice for Episcleritis

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Is fluorometholone ,1% the drug of choice for Episcleritis
and would you take this medication to rule out glaucoma as a differential diagnosis. Thanks
Hello and thanks for your question. For most cases of episcleritis there is no treatment required at all. However if a treatment becomes necessary or is desired then 1% FML is a very common choice of medicines.
If there is a concern over whether your symptoms are related to glaucoma or not, FML would not be used as a distinguishing factor. In fact, FML can actually cause an increase in eye pressure, thus exacerbating glaucoma. If the question of glaucoma needs to be ruled out, then it is necessary for a standard battery of glaucoma tests to be done.
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Would there be an alternate medication for episcleritis other than the above due to the side effect of the metallic taste associated with it. Thanks
Another steroid like prednisolone acetate 1% could be tried.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
This is my last reply. I appreciate your patience. If I am not bothered by the episcleritis is it self limiting and could it be confused with another condition. Thanks again very much
it is usually self-limiting. It can be confused with other things such as conjunctivitis, but any ophthalmologist worth their salt should not confuse the two.
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