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Although most people do not experience problems after using bromfenac, side effects can still occur. Some of the potential problems include eye burning, stinging, or itching. In most cases, reactions are minor; however, contact your healthcare provider immediately if you develop excessive discharge from the eye, severe eye pain, or blood in the front part of the eye.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Bromfenac

Just like any medicine, bromfenac ophthalmic solution (Bromday®, Prolensa™, Xibrom®) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in many cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with bromfenac. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of side effects with you.)

Serious Bromfenac Side Effects

Some bromfenac side effects are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Signs of problems with the cornea (the transparent front part of the eye), such as:
    • Excessive tears or discharge from the eye
    • Severe eye pain or soreness
    • Severe eye redness
    • Extreme sensitivity to light
    • Swelling of the eyelid
  • Blurry or blocked vision that does not improve or worsens
  • Blood in the front part of the eye
  • Easy or unexplained bruising or bleeding
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
You will naturally have some symptoms simply as a result of your cataract surgery, and it may be difficult to clearly distinguish the effects of surgery from those of the medication. The symptoms that occur from your surgery should normally improve relatively quickly.
Make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about what type of symptoms you can expect from surgery, and how long they may last, so you can report any symptoms that cannot be explained by your surgery alone. Also, do not hesitate to ask your healthcare provider if you are experiencing any symptoms you are unsure about or are particularly worrisome to you.   
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