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Available by prescription only, bromfenac is used to reduce eye swelling and pain following cataract surgery. It comes as an eye drop that is applied to the affected eye once or twice daily. It is usually started the day before surgery and continued for 14 days after the surgery. Side effects are possible and may include eye redness and sensitivity to light.

What Is Bromfenac?

Bromfenac ophthalmic solution (Bromday®, Prolensa™, Xibrom®) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is an active ingredient in several prescription eye drops that are approved to treat inflammation and reduce pain after cataract surgery.
(Click What is Bromfenac Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, bromfenac can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Commonly reported bromfenac side effects include but are not limited to:
  • Feeling like something is in the eye
  • Eye pain, redness, or irritation
  • Sensitivity to light.
(Click Bromfenac Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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