What is Ozurdex?

Ozurdex is a tiny corticosteroid implant that is injected into the eye and slowly releases medication over time, without the need for monthly injections. It is designed to dissolve naturally, meaning there is no need for it to be removed. It can be used to treat many different conditions including:

  • Diabetic macular edema (DME)
  • Macular edema (swelling of the macula) following branch retinal vein occlusion or central retinal vein occlusion (RVO)
  • Noninfectious uveitis (an inflammatory disease of the uvea) affecting the back segment of the eye
Swollen macula prior to treatment with Ozurdex
Restored macular contour following treatment with Ozurdex

What to Expect


  • Speak with your doctor about any questions/concerns you may have
  • Arrange to have somebody take you to and from your appointment
  • Create a list of all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you take


  • The injection of OZURDEX will take only a few moments
  • You will be awake
  • Your doctor will clean and numb the surface of the eye for your comfort
  • Your doctor will inject OZURDEX using a special applicator that’s about the size of a pen
  • During the injection, you may feel pressure
  • You may then hear a click when your doctor presses the button that releases the OZURDEX implant in your eye


  • Your doctor will check your eye, and then you will be ready to go home
  • You should notice an improvement in your vision over time. Individual results vary
  • If your eye becomes red, sensitive to light, painful, or develops a change in vision, please contact your eye doctor immediately
  • Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions following the procedure
  • We will see you for a short follow up appointment in a couple weeks to check your vision and intraocular pressure.

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