Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Allergies: If you have had an asthma attack, severe itching, or other allergic reactions after taking acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen) you may also be allergic to bromfenac eye drops. Let your ophthalmologist and surgeon know if you may be allergic to ASA or other NSAIDs.
Contact lenses: The preservative in these eye drops may be absorbed by certain contact lenses. If you wear contact lenses, remove your contact lenses before using these eye drops. You can put your contact lenses back in after 15 minutes.
Bleeding: If you are having surgery and bleed easily or are taking medications that prolong bleeding (e.g., warfarin), discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Blurred vision: This medication may temporarily cause blurred vision. Do not drive or operate machinery until your vision has cleared.
Inflammation of the cornea: As with other anti-inflammatory eye drops, bromfenac can cause irritation and damage to the cornea (keratitis). In severe cases, this can lead to permanent vision problems or blindness. If you experience unusual pain, the sensation of something in your eye, unusual sensitivity to sunlight or other changes to your eye, contact your doctor immediately.
This may be more likely to occur if you have diabetes, other eye conditions such as dry eye syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, or repeat eye surgeries during short period of time.
Wound healing: Bromfenac eye drops may slow or delay the healing of wounds. The risk of delayed healing increases if you have complicated eye surgeries, disorders of the cornea, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or several eye surgeries in a short time. Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if bromfenac passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children.