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Prolensa Side Effects

Generic Name: bromfenac ophthalmic

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug bromfenac ophthalmic. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Prolensa.

For the Consumer

Applies to bromfenac ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

As well as its needed effects, bromfenac ophthalmic (the active ingredient contained in Prolensa) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking bromfenac ophthalmic, check with your doctor immediately:

More common
  • Blurred vision
  • change in color vision
  • decreased vision or other changes in vision
  • difficulty seeing at night
  • eye pain
  • red, sore eyes
  • sensitivity to light
  • tearing

Some bromfenac ophthalmic side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

More common
  • Abnormal sensation in the eye
  • burning or stinging of the eye
  • feeling of having something in the eye
  • headache
  • itching of the eyes

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to bromfenac ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution


Ocular side effects associated with the treatment of postoperative inflammation have included abnormal sensation in the eye, conjunctival hyperemia, eye irritation, eye pain, eye pruritus, eye redness, headache, and iritis in 2% to 7% of patients. Corneal erosion, corneal perforation, corneal thinning, and epithelial breakdown have also been reported.

The most common adverse reactions (in 3 to 8% of patients) for Prolensa were anterior chamber inflammation, foreign body sensation, eye pain, photophobia, and blurred vision.[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Xibrom (bromfenac ophthalmic)." ISTA Pharmaceuticals, Irvine, CA.

It is possible that some side effects of Prolensa may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

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