Mitomycin Ophthalmic Side Effects

Common Side Effects

For many medications, the prescribing information carefully explains the exact percentage of side effects that were seen in clinical trials. However, the prescribing information for some medicines, including mitomycin ophthalmic, includes only vague information on potential side effects, with no detail on how frequently they occur. Therefore, it can be difficult to know exactly how common reactions to such medications may be.
Some of the common mitomycin ophthalmic side effects include but are not limited to:
  • Bleb-related problems (a bleb is a small, fluid-filled bubble that forms over the eye following glaucoma surgery), such as:
    • Ulcer
    • Leaking
    • Infection
    • Thinning of the bleb wall, which increases the risk for leaking
  • Damage or injury to the cornea (the transparent tissue over the front of the eye)
  • Swelling inside the eyeball
  • Low eye pressure (intraocular pressure)
  • Inflammation of the iris (the colored part of the eye) or sclera (the white outer wall of the eye)
  • New or worsening cataracts
  • Retinal tears or detachment, which occurs when the retina (layer of tissue in the back of the eye) separates from its supporting layers
  • Opening of the surgical wound
  • Abnormal bleeding in the eye
  • Decrease or loss of vision.

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the mitomycin ophthalmic side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while using this drug or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.

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