If you are getting ready for a cataract or other eye surgery, your doctor may prescribe a medication known as Ocufen. Ocufen can be used to prepare the eye for surgery or to treat pain and redness after surgery. It is a type of eye drop. This article will explore the uses and side effects associated with Ocufen. Remember that Ocufen is a prescription drug and should only be used according to doctor recommendations for your specific condition.
What is Ocufen?
Ocufen is the brand name for a type of drug known as a flurbiprofen. Flurbiprofens belong to a type of drug class known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS. Ocufen is usually administered in the form of eye drops and if often used before and after an eye surgery procedure.
When used before surgery Ocufen can prevent the pupil of the eye from constricting. This allows the doctor to get a better view into the eye and allows the surgeon to remove the cataract and to replace the lens more easily. After surgery it may be used to treat pain, swelling and redness associated with the surgery.
How is Ocufen Administered?
When Ocufen is prescribed for use before a surgical procedure it is typically applied several times to the eye before surgery starting a few hours before the procedure. Remember to always follow your doctor’s dosage instructions when using a prescription drug like Ocufen.
Before applying Ocufen it is important to properly prepare the eye. You should remove contact lenses and avoid using them while using Ocufen. You should also wash your hands before applying the drops. Avoid touching the dropper with your hands or eye during the application process as this can contaminate your eye dropper and the drugs inside.
To place drops in your eye tilt the head back and pull down on the lower eyelid. When you pull the eyelid down you create a reservoir which will help the Ocufen to enter the eye. Place the drops into the area between the eye and the lower eyelid one at a time. Once you place a drop in this area close your eye and wait for approximately two minutes before adding the next drop. It is important to wait between drops and to close your eye so that as much medication as possible can be absorbed into the eye. Only a very small percentage of eye drops make it into your eye. After application replace the lid on the bottle. Be very careful not to touch the dropper and never rinse the bottle and this can lead to the drug becoming contaminated or watered down.
What Are the Side Effects?
Ocufen has a few side effects. They are not typically serious. If you experience a serious side effect let your doctor know immediately. It is also important to let your doctor know if the side effects persist or get worse over time.
One of the most common side effects associated with Ocufen is burning or stinging in the eye. This side effect is generally short lived and will only last for one or two minutes. If you experience eye pain, vision loss, or bleeding in the eye contact a doctor immediately. Some people may have an allergic reaction to Ocufen. If you notice signs of an allergic reaction, contact your doctor immediately. Since Ocufen can temporarily cause blurry vision (especially right after application), it is important to avoid driving or using heavy machinery until your vision returns to normal. Ocufen should not be used during the last trimester of pregnancy.
As with any prescription it is important not to share this drug with others. Your doctor understands your medical history and can determine the proper dosage for you.
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