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Tearing, inflammation of the cornea, and temporary burning and stinging are some of the most common side effects of Voltaren Ophthalmic. Reactions to this medication tend to be mild and are generally easy to treat. However, there are some side effects that are potentially serious, including signs of corneal problems or any signs of an allergic reaction.

An Introduction to Voltaren Ophthalmic Side Effects

Just like any medicine, Voltaren Ophthalmic® (diclofenac eye drops) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses this medicine will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Voltaren Ophthalmic. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Voltaren Ophthalmic side effects with you.)

Common Side Effects of Voltaren Ophthalmic

Voltaren Ophthalmic has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the most common side effects of the medication included:
  • Tearing "complaints" (presumably, overproduction of tears, although the exact complaints were not specified) -- in up to 30 percent of people
  • Inflammation of the cornea of the eye (keratitis) -- up to 28 percent
  • Temporary burning and stinging -- up to 15 percent
  • Increased eye pressure -- up to 15 percent.
It is important to note that these Voltaren Ophthalmic "side effects" might actually be caused by other factors, such as the eye surgery itself. It is impossible to know for sure, because no information is available to know if the studies compared Voltaren Ophthalmic to a placebo (an eye drop that does not contain any active ingredients) and how the side effects compared to those using a placebo.
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