% and 1% Ophthalmic Suspensions: Instill 1 to 2 drops into the conjunctival sac of the affected eye(s) 2 to 4 times a day; during the initial 24 to 48 hours, may increase dosing frequency if necessary
-If signs/symptoms fail to improve after 2 days of treatment, the patient should be re-evaluated.
-Care should be taken as to not discontinue therapy prematurely.
-Anti-infective agents should me employed if a bacterial infection is present.
-Withdrawal of treatment should be carried out by gradually decreasing the frequency of applications when treating chronic conditions.
1% Ophthalmic Solution:
-Initial dose: Instill 1 to 2 drops into the conjunctival sac of the affected eye(s) up to every hour during the day and every 2 hours during the night as needed
-Maintenance dose: When a favorable response is observed, reduce dose to 1 drop every 4 hours; subsequent reduction to 1 drop 3 to 4 times a day may be adequate to control symptoms
-Duration of therapy varies depending upon the type of lesion and may extend from a few days to several weeks, based on therapeutic response.
-Relapses, which are more common in chronic active lesions than in self-limited conditions, usually respond to retreatment.
Uses: For the treatment of steroid responsive mild to moderate noninfectious allergic and inflammatory disorders of the eye (., allergic conjunctivits, acne rosacea, superficial punctate keratitis, herpes zoster keratitis, iritis, cyclitis, selected infective conjunctivitides); and for the treatment of corneal injury from chemical, radiation, or thermal burns, or penetration of foreign bodies
You can buy some topical corticosteroids "over-the-counter" without a prescription. For example, for dermatitis, you can buy the steroid cream called hydrocortisone 1% from your pharmacy. Do not apply this to your face unless your doctor has told you to do so. This is because it may trigger a skin condition affecting the face ( acne or rosacea. ) Long-term use may also damage the skin. On your face this would be more noticeable than the rest of your body. So usually only weak steroids are used on the face. Those which are suitable are prescription-only.