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Difluprednate ophthalmic Side Effects

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 19, 2022.

For the Consumer

Applies to difluprednate ophthalmic: ophthalmic emulsion

Side effects requiring immediate medical attention

Along with its needed effects, difluprednate ophthalmic may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking difluprednate ophthalmic:

More common

  • Blurred vision
  • change in color vision
  • decreased vision or other changes in vision
  • difficulty seeing at night
  • eye discomfort
  • eye pain
  • eye redness
  • increase in blood flow to the whites of the eyes
  • increased sensitivity of the eyes to sunlight
  • painful irritation of the front clear part of the eye
  • sensitivity of the eyes to light
  • swelling or redness of the eye and lining of the eyelid

Less common

  • Eyelid irritation and crusting
  • tearing
  • throbbing eye pain
  • watering of the eyes

Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention

Some side effects of difluprednate ophthalmic may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common

  • Dry eyes


  • Burning, itching, or soreness of the eye
  • feeling of having something in the eye

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to difluprednate ophthalmic: ophthalmic emulsion


Common (1% to 10%): Corneal edema, ciliary and conjunctival hyperemia, eye pain, photophobia, posterior capsule opacification, anterior chamber cells, anterior chamber flare, conjunctival edema, blepharitis, reduced visual acuity, punctate keratitis, eye inflammation, iritis, blurred vision, eye irritation

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Corneal pigmentation and striae, episcleritis, eye pruritus, eyelid irritation and crusting, foreign body sensation, increased lacrimation, macular edema, sclera hyperemia, uveitis, increased intraocular pressure, iritis, limbal and conjunctival hyperemia, dry eye, iridocyclitis[Ref]


The most commonly reported side effects were elevated intraocular pressure, visual acuity and field defects, and posterior subcapsular cataract formation.[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Application site discomfort or irritation[Ref]

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Headache[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Durezol (difluprednate ophthalmic)." Sirion Therapeutics (2008):

Further information

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

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.