If you have an upcoming eye surgery, your healthcare provider may prescribe flurbiprofen ophthalmic (Ocufen®). This medicine comes in the form of a liquid eye drop and is approved for use in adults only.
This product is available in one strength: 0.03% solution, available in a 2.5-mL bottle. Flurbiprofen ophthalmic dosing guidelines call for 1 drop to be applied into the eye every 30 minutes, starting 2 hours before the eye surgery.
As a type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), flurbiprofen ophthalmic is used to help prevent the pupil from constricting (becoming smaller) during eye surgery.
(To learn more about using this ophthalmic solution, click Flurbiprofen Ophthalmic. This article takes an in-depth look at how the drug works, dosing tips, potential side effects, and more.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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