The use of corticosteroids to treat ocular inflammation

Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2004 May;34(3):693-705. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2003.12.007.


Corticosteroids are invaluable therapeutic agents for treatment of ocular inflammation in small animal patients. The use of potent anti-inflammatory agents carries with it the risk of some side effects, however. Although some of these may be lessened by topical or subconjunctival administration, these routes are associated with specific ocular side effects about which the practitioner must be aware. With judicious use, corticosteroids remain a mainstay for the prevention and treatment of many painful and potentially blinding ocular diseases.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Oral
  • Administration, Topical
  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / administration & dosage*
  • Animals
  • Animals, Domestic
  • Eye Diseases / drug therapy
  • Eye Diseases / veterinary*
  • Inflammation / drug therapy
  • Inflammation / veterinary
  • Injections / veterinary
  • Ophthalmic Solutions / administration & dosage


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones
  • Ophthalmic Solutions