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BSS (intraocular)

Generic Name: ophthalmic irrigation (intraocular) (off THAL mik ir i GAE tion (IN tra OK yoo lar))
Brand Name: Balanced Salt Solution, BSS, BSS Plus, Endosol Extra, Navstel

Medically reviewed by on Jul 15, 2019 – Written by Cerner Multum

What is intraocular BSS?

Intraocular ophthalmic (inside the eye) irrigation is a sterile cleansing solution.

Intraocular BSS is used to maintain the natural condition of the eye during a surgical procedure such as cataract surgery.

Intraocular BSS may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

After surgery, call your doctor if you have vision problems, eye pain or redness, or increased sensitivity to light.

Before taking this medicine

To make sure intraocular BSS is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

It is not known whether intraocular BSS will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether intraocular ophthalmic irrigation passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How is intraocular BSS given?

Intraocular BSS is used as an irrigating solution during ocular surgical procedures. Intraocular BSS is not for injection or intravenous infusion.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Because you will receive intraocular BSS in a surgical setting, you are not likely to miss a dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Since this medication is given by a healthcare professional in a medical setting, an overdose is unlikely to occur.

What should I avoid while after receiving intraocular BSS?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

Intraocular BSS side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • vision problems;

  • eye pain or redness; or

  • increased sensitivity to light.

Common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect intraocular BSS?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on intraocular BSS used in the eyes. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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