Bromfenac ophthalmic is employed for the management of inflammation, pain, eye redness, and swelling following cataract surgery. Belonging to the category of drugs known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), bromfenac ophthalmic operates by inhibiting the release of specific natural compounds responsible for inducing pain and swelling.
Uses and Dosage
Bromfenac ophthalmic is available as a liquid solution for instillation into the eyes. Typically, it is applied to the affected eye(s) once or twice daily for a duration of 14 days subsequent to cataract surgery. Depending on the specific brand of bromfenac ophthalmic prescribed by your doctor, you might also be instructed to use it on the day before and the day of the surgery.
Ensure that you utilize bromfenac ophthalmic precisely as directed—refrain from exceeding or reducing the dosage, and avoid using it more frequently than your doctor’s prescription stipulates.
To administer the eye drops, the following steps should be followed:
- Thoroughly wash hands with soap and water.
- Do not allow the dropper tip to touch the eye or any other surface, and ensure that it is kept clean.
- Tilt the head back and pull down the lower lid of the eye using the index finger to form a pocket.
- Hold the dropper as close to the eye as possible without making contact, and brace the remaining fingers against the face.
- Squeeze the dropper gently to instill a single drop in the pocket created by the lower eyelid while looking upwards.
- Remove the index finger from the lower eyelid and keep the eye closed for 2-3 minutes while tilting the head down.
- Apply gentle pressure to the tear duct using a finger.
- Use a tissue to wipe off any excess liquid from the face.
- Wash hands to remove any residual medication.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- stinging or burning of the eyes
- red or itchy eyes
- feeling that something is in the eye
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- redness or swelling of eyes, lips, tongue, or skin
- rash, hives, or other skin changes
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- bleeding within the eye
- sensitivity of your eyes to light
- eye pain
- blurry, cloudy, or blocked areas of vision
Prior to utilizing bromfenac, inform your doctor or pharmacist about any allergic reactions you might have to it, aspirin, other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like naproxen or celecoxib, or any other allergies. This product might comprise inactive components, such as sulfites, that have the potential to trigger allergic reactions or other complications.
Before commencing this medication, disclose your medical history to your doctor or pharmacist, particularly if you have a history of asthma, bleeding disorders, other eye conditions like dry eye syndrome and corneal problems, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or nasal polyps.
Following the application of this medication, your vision could experience temporary blurriness. Refrain from driving, operating machinery, or engaging in any activity that necessitates clear vision until you can do so safely.
During pregnancy, this medication should only be employed when absolutely essential. Delve into the risks and benefits with your doctor.
The passage of this drug into breast milk is uncertain. Prior to breastfeeding, seek advice from your doctor.
Form and Strength
Prolensa is available in the following forms and strengths:
Prolensa ophthalmic solution:
How long should you use Prolensa?
Use one drop in the affected eye once a day starting 1 day before cataract surgery, continued on the day of surgery, and for 2 weeks after the surgery.
Is Prolensa a steroid?
No, Prolensa isn’t a steroid, it’s an NSAID.