FML Eye Drops contain Fluorometholone, a prescription strength corticosteroid drug that your doctor may recommend as a short-term treatment for inflammation in your eyes caused by allergies, injury, or surgery. It is not advisable to instill steroid meds into your eyes for longer than one or two weeks or you are at risk for possible thinning of your cornea, optic nerve damage, infection, or the beginning of cataracts. If you are using other eye medications at the same time as FML Eye Drops, space out the times by at least 5 minutes between administrations, with gels or ointments being last.
Corticosteroids are much like the cortisol steroid produced naturally by your adrenal glands. This hormone has many functions, one of which is the control of inflammation. When you instill FML Eye Drops as instructed, the active ingredient works within cells to reduce the release of inflammatory substances. This helps to decrease the inflammation so your eyes are not red, swollen, and irritated.
FML Eye Drops or generic Fluorometholone also contains polyvinyl alcohol, a lubricant that will provide you with relief from the discomfort of a dry, inflamed eye. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
For cataract surgery, a small incision is made in the side of the front part of your eye called the cornea. The surgeon will then insert a tiny instrument that will break up the center of your cloudy lens using high-frequency ultrasound, and it is then suctioned out. Your new intraocular lens will then be inserted behind or in front of the colored part of your eye (iris) depending on whether you need an anterior or posterior chamber lens.
Some surgeons may choose to use stitches to close the small incision or leave it to close on its own. You will usually be discharged after a short stay and be given a protective shield for your eye and a prescription for FML Eye Drops, or other Rx corticosteroid to administer as directed.
Ask your doctor if FML Eye Drops are safe to instill if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Discuss other medical conditions or allergies you have and any OTC or Rx medicine you are taking, including herbal remedies and vitamin supplements. Interactions between FML Eye Drops and other medications are difficult to predict as it is unknown how much is actually absorbed into your bloodstream.
Your vision will be impaired for a time when using FML Eye Drops so do not drive, operate machinery, or attempt any tasks that may be risky. Do not save and use any FML Eye Drops that remain in the bottle after treatment has finished or you may risk an infection. If you usually wear soft contact lenses, remove them before instilling FML Eye Drops and wait at least 15 minutes before putting them back in or as recommended by your ophthalmologist because some of the ingredients could discolor the soft lenses or cause eye irritation.