Dexamethasone intravitreal implant for the treatment of noninfectious uveitis
Rebecca S Hunter, Ann-Marie Lobo
Department of Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
Abstract: Uveitis can be a sight-threatening eye disease with significant morbidity. Corticosteroids remain the mainstay of treatment of uveitis and provide an effective treatment against ocular inflammation. However, the various modes available for corticosteroid drug delivery can carry significant ocular and systemic side effects which can limit their use in the treatment of uveitis. In an effort to avoid the damage to ocular structures that can ensue with recurrent episodes of ocular inflammation, the side effects associated with systemic steroids, and the need for repeated administration of both topical and locally injected corticosteroids, sustained-release intraocular corticosteroid implants have been developed. The dexamethasone (DEX) drug delivery system (Ozurdex®; Allergan Inc, Irvine, CA), is a biodegradable intravitreal implant. This implant has been shown to be effective in the treatment of macular edema and noninfectious posterior uveitis and has been approved by the FDA for these entities. This review will highlight the current methods available for corticosteroid delivery to the eye with a particular emphasis on the DEX intravitreal implant and the evidence currently available for its use in noninfectious uveitis.
Keywords: dexamethasone implant, uveitis, macular edema, corticosteroids
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