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Generic name: ophthalmic irrigation (intraocular) [ off-THAL-mik-ir-i-GAE-tion ]
Drug class: Ophthalmic lubricants and irrigations

Medically reviewed by Philip Thornton, DipPharm. Last updated on Jun 14, 2021.

What is Navstel?

Navstel ophthalmic irrigation is a sterile cleansing solution.

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

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


Navstel is used to maintain the natural condition of your eye during eye surgery.

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

Before receiving Navstel

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

  • diabetes; or

  • a history of glaucoma.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Navstel will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

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

How is Navstel given?

Navstel is injected into the eye during surgery. A healthcare provider will give you this injection.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Because you will receive Navstel 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?

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

Navstel side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Navstel: 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 Navstel side effects may include:

  • headache; or

  • mild eye discomfort.

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 Navstel?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on Navstel 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.

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Further information

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

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