Cataracts induced by topical dexamethasone in diabetics

Arch Ophthalmol. 1978 Mar;96(3):474-6. doi: 10.1001/archopht.1978.03910050250011.


Eleven diabetic patients were treated with unilateral topical dexamethasone for 14 to 36 months in an attempt to control their retinopathy. Cataracts developed in the treated eye of nine patients, compared with only one cataract in an untreated eye.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Topical
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cataract / chemically induced*
  • Dexamethasone / administration & dosage
  • Dexamethasone / adverse effects*
  • Diabetic Retinopathy / drug therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged


  • Dexamethasone