Available by prescription only, bromfenac ophthalmic solution (Bromday®, Prolensa™, Xibrom®) is used to reduce eye inflammation and pain that occurs with cataract surgery. It comes in the form of an eye drop that is applied once or twice daily, depending on which product you use. It is started the day before the surgery and continued for 14 days afterwards.
Bromfenac ophthalmic solution is not appropriate for everyone. You may not be able to use this medication safely if you have certain allergies or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. More information on the potential risks of using this medication should be discussed with your healthcare provider before you start using bromfenac.
Although most people tolerate these eye drops well, bromfenac can cause side effects, such as eye irritation and sensitivity to light. If negative reactions do occur, they tend to be minor and easily treated.
(For more information on this ophthalmic solution, click Bromfenac. This eMedTV article describes how this eye medication works, lists additional side effects, and offers some safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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