RETISERT® (fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant) 0.59 mg is used to treat an inflammation in the back of the eye that is not caused by an infection, called chronic non-infectious uveitis.
Retisert® (fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant) 0.59 mg should not be used if you have an infection of the eye from viruses, bacteria, fungi or fungal diseases.
After receiving the Retisert® implant, you should periodically see an eye doctor for follow-up examinations of both eyes.
As with any surgical procedure, there is risk involved. Complications can include injury to the eye; infection; mechanical complication, movement or ejection of the implant; and wound complications following the surgery.
After receiving the Retisert® implant, nearly all patients will experience an immediate and temporary decrease in vision in the implanted eye that lasts for approximately 1 to 4 weeks following the surgery.
Based on clinical studies, within 3 years after receiving the Retisert® implant, approximately 77% of patients require medications to lower pressure in the eye, and approximately 37% of patients will require a surgical procedure to control pressure in the eye.
Long-term use of corticosteroids may result in an increased risk of glaucoma (high pressure in the eye).
Based on clinical studies, within 3 years after receiving the Retisert® implant, nearly all patients who have not already had cataracts will develop them and require surgery.
The most common side effects, occurring in 50-90% of patients, were cataract, increased pressure in the eye, surgery complications and eye pain. Headache was also reported in greater than 33% of patients
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You are encouraged to report negative side effects to the FDA at www.fda.gov/medwatch