Skip to main navigation Skip to main content Skip to footer For Medicare For Providers For Brokers For Employers Español For Individuals & Families: For Individuals & Families Medical Dental Other Supplemental Explore coverage through work How to Buy Health Insurance Types of Dental Insurance Open Enrollment vs. Special Enrollment See all topics Shop for Medicare plans Member Guide Find a Doctor Log in to myCigna
Home Knowledge Center Wellness Library diclofenac ophthalmic

diclofenac ophthalmic

Pronunciation: dye KLOE fen ak off THAL mik

What is the most important information I should know about diclofenac ophthalmic?

What is the most important information I should know about diclofenac ophthalmic?

Use only as directed. Tell your doctor if you use other medicines or have other medical conditions or allergies.

What is diclofenac ophthalmic?

What is diclofenac ophthalmic?

Diclofenac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).

Diclofenac ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to reduce swelling, pain, and light sensitivity after certain eye surgeries.

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

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using diclofenac ophthalmic?

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using diclofenac ophthalmic?

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to diclofenac.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • an allergy to an NSAID (including aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, celecoxib, indomethacin, and others);
  • bleeding problems;
  • diabetes;
  • rheumatoid arthritis;
  • glaucoma; or
  • dry eye syndrome.

Also tell your doctor about any other recent or planned eye surgeries.

May harm an unborn baby if used during late pregnancy.

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding.

Diclofenac ophthalmic is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.

How should I use diclofenac ophthalmic?

How should I use diclofenac ophthalmic?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Diclofenac ophthalmic is usually given 24 hours before eye surgery and continued for 3 to 14 days. Do not use for longer than prescribed or you could have serious side effects.

Wash your hands before using eye medication.

To apply the eye drops: Pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket and squeeze a drop into this pocket. Close your eyes for 1 or 2 minutes.

Use only the prescribed number of drops.

Do not touch the dropper tip or place it directly on your eye. A contaminated dropper can infect your eye and lead to serious vision problems.

Your doctor may insert a special contact lens, to be left in your eye for 3 days after surgery. Do not use any other type of contact lens during this time.

You may need vision exams for up to a year after your eye surgery.

Store at room temperature, tightly closed and protected from light. Do not freeze.

What happens if I miss a dose?

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medicine.

What should I avoid while using diclofenac ophthalmic?

What should I avoid while using diclofenac ophthalmic?

For at least 3 days after your surgery, do not wear any contact lens that has not been approved by your doctor.

Do not use other eye medications during treatment with diclofenac ophthalmic unless your doctor tells you to.

What are the possible side effects of diclofenac ophthalmic?

What are the possible side effects of diclofenac ophthalmic?

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:

  • severe burning, stinging, or itching of your eyes;
  • worsening eye pain, redness, or excessive watering;
  • swollen or puffy eyelids;
  • white discoloration over your pupil or iris (the colored part of your eye);
  • crusting or drainage from your eyes; or
  • headache, dizziness, stomach pain, vomiting, weakness, fever, chills, cold or flu symptoms (can occur if the medicine is absorbed into your bloodstream).

Common side effects may include:

  • eye pain or redness;
  • watery eyes; or
  • vision changes.

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 diclofenac ophthalmic?

What other drugs will affect diclofenac ophthalmic?

Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially a steroid medicine applied to the skin.

Other drugs may affect diclofenac ophthalmic, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use.

Where can I get more information?

Where can I get more information?

Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about diclofenac ophthalmic.

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated, disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. Learn how we develop our content.

Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.

<cipublic-spinner variant="large"><span>Loading…</span></cipublic-spinner>

Page Footer

I want to...

Get an ID card File a claim View my claims and EOBs Check coverage under my plan See prescription drug list Find an in-network doctor, dentist, or facility Find a form Find 1095-B tax form information View the Cigna Glossary Contact Cigna

Audiences

Individuals and Families Medicare Employers Brokers Providers

Secure Member Sites

myCigna member portal Health Care Provider portal Cigna for Employers Client Resource Portal Cigna for Brokers

Cigna Company Information

About Cigna Company Profile Careers Newsroom Investors Suppliers Third Party Administrators International Evernorth

 Cigna. All rights reserved.

Privacy Legal Product Disclosures Cigna Company Names Customer Rights Accessibility Non-Discrimination Notice [PDF] Language Assistance [PDF] Report Fraud Sitemap

Disclaimer

Individual and family medical and dental insurance plans are insured by Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company (CHLIC), Cigna HealthCare of Arizona, Inc., Cigna HealthCare of Illinois, Inc., and Cigna HealthCare of North Carolina, Inc. Group health insurance and health benefit plans are insured or administered by CHLIC, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company (CGLIC), or their affiliates (see a listing of the legal entities  that insure or administer group HMO, dental HMO, and other products or services in your state). Accidental Injury, Critical Illness, and Hospital Care plans or insurance policies are distributed exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, are administered by Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, and are insured by either (i) Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company (Bloomfield, CT); (ii) Life Insurance Company of North America (“LINA”) (Philadelphia, PA); or (iii) New York Life Group Insurance Company of NY (“NYLGICNY”) (New York, NY), formerly known as Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. The Cigna name, logo, and other Cigna marks are owned by Cigna Intellectual Property, Inc. LINA and NYLGICNY are not affiliates of Cigna.

All insurance policies and group benefit plans contain exclusions and limitations. For availability, costs and complete details of coverage, contact a licensed agent or Cigna sales representative. This website is not intended for residents of New Mexico.

Selecting these links will take you away from Cigna.com to another website, which may be a non-Cigna website. Cigna may not control the content or links of non-Cigna websites. Details